03 July 2018   •   Redazione

Food to eat in Rome: Roman fritto misto, to eat it in Italy and in the world

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«Authentic delight of our local cuisine, the Roman “fritto” is not only loved in Lazio: London, Paris, New York are just some of the cities, in Europe and in the world, that have decided to pay homage to this typical dish of Roman cuisine and definitely the best food to eat in Rome»

Piedmontese, Neapolitan, Bolognese and finally Roman “misto fritto” (literally “a mixture of fried food”) is the best food to eat in Rome: here are four of the most popular gastronomic preparations not only in Italy but also abroad. Today we speak specifically of the Roman fritto, a delicacy which you 100% must try in Rome. From the original recipe to where to find it abroad, the Roman fritto, for you, will no longer have secrets.

The traditional recipe

The Roman fritto (literally “fried food”) is an extremely tasty dish, rich and never banal, which can be offered on many occasions. Raise your hand, for example, who has not eaten a nice misto fritto during these holidays! Not to be confused with fried cod, another Roman delicacy, here are the classic ingredients, bearing in mind that in every home there is a different variant and a small secret handed down from generation to generation:

  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 romanesco courgettes
  • 2 Roman artichokes
  • 100 g of lamb’s sweetbreads
  • 100 g of lamb’s brains
  • 100 g of mozzarella
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of wine vinegar
  • 500 ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste


To prepare the perfect misto fritto romano start with the brain and the sweetbreads from residues and filaments. Once cleaned, they will be boiled in water and vinegar for about 10 minutes. At this point get the heart from the artichokes, slice them and put them to soak in water, slightly acidulated with a few drops of lemon. Zucchini and potatoes should be peeled and cut into thick slices and the like. At the end of this passage we move on to the mozzarella, which should be sliced ​​and dried. Then beat the eggs in a bowl together with a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. All the ingredients are then passed into the flour and then into the beaten egg. After that, prepare a pan with extra-virgin olive oil and fry all the ingredients taking care to turn them from time to time so as to obtain a uniform browning. When the cooking is complete, the various components of the fritto need to be drained on straw paper and served hot.

Now don’t tell me that your mouth is not watering because I don’t believe you! Also because, at this point, you will have a tray full of all kinds of strictly fried delicacy. A nice Roman fry so it can be the backbone of dinners with friends, with relatives, for Christmas and New Year or even when you want to take a nice break from the diet…! It is the best food to eat in rome, but can we enjoy Roman fried only in Italy? Absolutely not, in addition to I fritti della Sora Milvia, an authentic institution in Rome, even abroad you can find the real Roman fritto. Let’s find out where…

Fritto misto abroad: New York, Paris and London

Let’s start from New York, the city that never sleeps: should being on the other side of the world prevent you from enjoying a good Roman fry? Well no! The New York entrepreneur Danny Meyer, in fact, loves Italy and its food and wine culture. And to think that the biggest entrepreneur in New York catering is not even the first made in Italy endeavor: since 2009 Maialino, which draws inspiration in all respects from the classic Roman trattoria and the best food to eat in Rome, continues to propose itself at the Gramercy Park Hotel with its relaxed atmosphere and his great food. And there is also the Italian specialty par excellence, pizza, thanks to its pizzeria Marta.

And what about the Roman fritto? Meyer has decided to invest in a new double enterprise, active for a few months. On one side a coffee shop, on the other side a Roman fry, sparkling wine and aperitifs. Caffè Marchio and Vini e Fritti are born as ribs of the pizzeria Marta and the aim is to create a gastronomic “plaza” inspired by Italian conviviality and some of the finest food to eat in Rome.  Dive into to battered zucchini, mixed fried, pumpkin flowers Roman, seafood, wine and bubbles in the big apple!

And what about in Europe? Even in the old continent the capital cities don’t lack the Roman fritto! In London it is possible to eat a Roman fry worthy of the Italian ones at the Osteria Romana: the quality, according to the users on Trip Advisor, is so high that this place can be defined as a piece of Rome in London. Also with the Ville Lumière you will not be disappointed. Even in Paris you can eat a great Roman fritto and in general the cuisine of the capital is of good quality. This is the case, for example, of the L’Anfora restaurant, an elegant Italian restaurant where you can taste 100% Italian products, cooked in a tasty and healthy way.

Ilaria Roncone

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