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Great Restaurants in Italy: A Perfect Meal in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome


Great Restaurants in Italy: A Perfect Meal in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome

On my last day in Rome, I wanted a little change of pace. I had already ventured to the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and other popular sites and neighborhoods. That afternoon, I decided to head to the vibrant Jewish Ghetto of Rome. In this thriving area of the city, restaurants and shops line the street. With both locals and tourists alike filling the patios of each restaurant, it seemed as though Jewish Italian cuisine was a hit with everyone. My dining choice for the day was Nonna Betta, a restaurant that I’ve heard many rave about.

Upon sitting down at a table, the server was very prompt and friendly in getting my meal started. He suggests the fried antipasto sampler with artichoke, pumpkin flower, fish, and mozzarella. What a marvelous assortment of deliciosity. Each item was very lightly breaded and fried to perfection. I loved every bite. Then came the pastas—tagliatelle with homemade ragu and a Jewish-style carbonara. The ragu tasted very fresh both in its ingredients and the fact that it was prepared that morning. Unlike other carbonaras, the Jewish-style carbonara used beef instead of pork. It was a perfect combination of egg and pecorino cheese. I just love how they make carbonara in Italy because omitting cream from the recipe makes for a better combination of flavors.

Great Restaurants in Italy: A Perfect Meal in the Jewish Ghetto of RomeGreat Restaurants in Italy: A Perfect Meal in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome

At the end of our meal, the owner approached the table and suggested that I visit the food shop next door. With Nonna Betta’s stamp of approval, I headed over for a complimentary gift of little olive oil bread rounds (I can’t remember the official name) and purchased a few souvenirs to bring home.

From there, it was time for dessert. Just a few steps over is Boccione, a hole-in-the-wall bakery that is packed with locals. There I sampled a few biscotti and an unusual looking Jewish fruit cake called pizza ebraica. Everything was delicious but the fruit cake stood out with its chunks of almonds, raisins, and candied fruit baked in a nice dough and still hot from the oven.

Great Restaurants in Italy: A Perfect Meal in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome

My visit to the Jewish Ghetto was the cherry on top I needed after a fun but busy Italian vacation. With its excellent food and positive vibes, I plan to always return each time I’m in Rome.


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  1. Heather says

    The pizza abraica looks really good! Oh I’d so love to go to Rome one day! 🙂

  2. janelle says

    that makes me want to go to Rome and eat. looks amazing.

  3. Michele says

    I will probably never get to Italy–too bad that food sounds delicious. I was not aware there was a Jewish Ghetto there. Interesting. That fruit cake certainly looks better then any I have seen around here!

  4. Paula says

    Food looks good! Thanks for sharing.

  5. BusyBee says

    Oh I love a good fruit cake and that looks absolutely delicious

  6. Pamela says

    Italian food is amazing, so jealous of this!

  7. Joanna Sormunen says

    How delicious! I’m sure to visit these restaurants if I ever get to Rome! Thank you for the tip!

  8. Claudia Krusch says

    The food looks so good! Saved your tips for next time we travel!

  9. Ashley M says

    I bet your trip was amazing! It can be so good to plan out these big exciting things on our trips but it can be even more exciting to do something unplanned.

  10. DD says

    Thanks for making me hungry. Looks delish!

  11. Allie says

    One of my all time favorite foods, and this looks delicious!

  12. Janelle says

    This sounds wonderful, I’ll have to try it the next time I am there.

  13. krystalskitsch says

    sounds like an awesome trip. i would love to try these!

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