Rome’s Top 12 Street Foods

When you think of Rome, what comes to mind? The Colosseum, the Vatican City, and perhaps even gelato. But there is one thing that might not come to your mind so quickly: street food! This blog post discusses 12 of the most popular Italian dishes found on Roman streets.


Breakfast in Rome is not complete without a fresh maritozzi. This sweet treat is consists of a sweet enriched yeast dough bun filled with cream. It is often enjoyed with a cappuccino.


What would a trip to Sicily be without trying out some of the finest cannoli? These delectable treats are made with fried pastry dough and filled with sweetened ricotta cheese. They can then be topped off by sprinkles or even chocolate chips!

Filetti di baccalà

Who doesn’t love a good crunchy fried fish? Filetti di baccalà is made with salt cod that has been battered and then deep-fried. It comes out light, crispy, and flaky on the inside while being deliciously tender at the same time.

Pizza al taglio

If you enjoy pizza, you will love the Roman version called Pizza al taglio. This delicious dish is typically made by rolling out dough and then topping it with tomatoes or pesto sauce before baking in an oven until golden brown perfection!

Italian pizzerias will cut off a piece of their larger pies and sell it as individual slices, which are perfect for snacking or even taking with you on-the-go!


Every great meal needs a great appetizer and suppli is Rome’s go-to snack! This classic Italian dish consists of risotto balls that are covered in breadcrumbs and then deep fried. The inside of the ball contains molten mozzarella cheese which will ooze out as soon as you take your first bite.


Panini are the perfect on-the-go snack for anyone who is constantly busy. This convenient, quick dish consists of different types of meats (such as prosciutto or salami) along with cheese and veggies that are then pressed into a delicious panino. It is usually served hot off the grill making it extra tasty!

Fiore Di Zucca

Fiore Di Zucca is a deep-fried delicacy made from zucchini flowers that are stuffed with cheese and then battered before being fried. They’re perfect as an appetizer but you can also enjoy them for breakfast!

Cacio e Pepe

Although this dish is simple, it will leave you craving more. Cacio e Pepe consists of spaghetti that has been tossed with pepper and pecorino romano cheese until perfectly al dente. This quick meal can be enjoyed as a lunch or dinner but locals enjoy it most for breakfast!


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This dish is the newest addition to Rome’s street food scene. Trapizzino are small, triangular pizza pockets that have been filled with different types of meatballs and sauces before being baked in an oven until golden brown perfection!


If you’re looking for a quick comfort food dish, look no further than Rome’s Carbonara. This classic pasta consists of spaghetti that is tossed with cheese, bacon or ham, and then finished off with eggs mixed in at the end. It is then cooked until the sauce starts to thicken into a rich creamy texture that will melt in your mouth!


The Roman version of the popular shaved ice treat is one that you do not want to miss! Grattachecca can be made with a variety of flavors including lemon, strawberry, and even almond. It’s sweetened by sugar syrup then topped off with some delicious cream before being dusted in cocoa powder for an extra kick!


Before you leave Rome, be sure to stop by a gelateria and try out some of the most delicious ice cream in Italy! There are endless flavors but my favorite is pistachio! No matter what flavor you get, it will surely not disappoint.

Final Words

Rome is a city filled with delicious street foods and you don’t want to miss out on any of them! The only hard part about eating all these delicacies is deciding which one to try first. If you’re looking for something sweet, go for the gelato. Or if you need some comfort food, order up a plate of spaghetti carbonara or panini. Whatever your craving may be, Rome has it covered when it comes to delectable eats that will leave your taste buds begging for more!

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