Cooking Lessons From Rome
Cambridge cookbook author Judith Barrett has been sending culinary dispatches from Rome for a year.
A very common dessert in Rome, and other parts of Italy, is the torta di mele (mele means apple), a simple cake.
Osso buco literally means "bone with a hole." It refers specifically to slices, cut cross-wise, from the meaty veal shank or shin. While this is a dish that is not typically Roman, it has become universally Italian with regional differences in the flavorings and ingredients.
This stew of eggplant and other vegetables is always prepared agrodolce, sweet and sour. But like so many traditional dishes, there seem to be an infinite number of variations.
Spaghetti alla carbonara is one of Rome's most famous and sumptuous dishes, found on almost every restaurant menu here. It is revered by Romans, so much so that every year there's a contest among restaurants for the best.
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