Boast of Italian food: Carpaccio di Bresaola rucola e parmigiano

With the summer heat the desire to cook decreases more and more. Here is a quick, tasty and cold recipe: the bresaola carpaccio, rocket and parmesan.

Bresaola is one of the most famous Italian salami. It is produced in the province of Sondrio, in particular in Valtellina. The local climate and the ability to transform this meat, are the unique and inimitable features. Therefore, the charm of this quality salami lays in the transformations techniques that have their roots in ancient recipes, written in the local tradition. In short, the bresaola is an ingredient that allows combinations for refined dishes, ideal for easy-to-prepare snacks or appetizers.

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 280 g of thinly sliced ​​bresaola
  •  100 g of rocket salad
  •  Parmesan flakes 
  • 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  •  A pinch of salt

Method

Firstly put the slices of bresaola (cut thin), on the serving dish forming a flower, as if they were petals, letting them overlap slightly.

Sprinkle the rocket, previously washed and dried, on the carpaccio.

Futher emulsify oil, salt and lemon in a small bowl and pour the sauce on the plate. Cover with parmesan cut into coarse flakes and a drizzle of oil.

But if you are looking for a fun and alternative way to serve the dish, turn it into finger food: just create tasty rolls simply by rolling the ingredients in each slice.

Recommended wine:

Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG, a dry raisin wine. Red colored ruby ​​red , the smell is intense with hints of ripe fruit. The taste is dry, structured and with character and perception of wood .

Valtellina Superiore DOCG and Rosso di Valtellina DOC: ruby red color tending to garnet. It has a characteristic, persistent, subtle and pleasant scent. The taste is dry and slightly tannic, velvety, harmonious and characteristic.

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Coffee: the bean that travelled for 5000 years

Italy is famous for coffee but there is not a plant of coffee growing in the Country. How does Italy become one of the top coffee exporters in the world?

It is because of espresso-style coffee, that means a process from selecting varieties, roasting style and especially the art of making.

The bean and the Popes

The first energy drink of the “old world” was probably used by the shepherds in Africa or the middle east. The habit of roast and ground coffee beans was very popular amongst Arabic people for Centuries. Not popular until the XV Century, drinking coffee was often associate to not-Christians behaviour.
Venice was probably one of the first European cities to see the arrival of coffee beans, welcomed by some but also very criticized.  But soon Italians started to love the beverage, included Pope Clemente VII who was so in love with coffee to externalize that be a coffee drinker was not against to be a good Christian.
Anyway, thanks to the introduction of sugar in the food system to become more and more popular than was necessary to open coffee houses.

Politics and Coffee

In England, the first coffee house opened in Oxford in 1637 followed by many others, turned soon into clubs for intellectuals and politicians.
During the 17th Century, European colonials overseas started to cultivate coffee in the new world, now main coffee producers are Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and many other south Americans countries.

Culture and habits

Nowadays is just crazy to think to start a day without a cup of coffee for millions of people worldwide, but in Italy is also a social and cultural need. The first thought in the morning, a very comfort flavour when something goes wrong, the first way to approach a new friend or a business meeting.
Many travellers are really surprised about how different is to enjoy the coffee time in Italy. For instance, in Rome is not a relaxing moment.

Coffee at home

At home, until the laziness (together with Clooney advises) affected all the people that runt to buy the home espresso machine, the most popular coffee at home was done with the “macchinetta”.

The macchinetta or moka machine, is an amazing espresso machine for home, invented by Mr Bialetti in 1933. Is the easiest cheapest and traditional way to make a delicious coffee…if used properly of course.

Espresso coffee rules

At the “bar”, that is not a night club for music and alcohol here, but simply a coffee house that serves coffee, cappuccino, pastries and some sandwiches and snacks, ordering a coffee means just one thing: ordering an espresso coffee.
Espresso can be ordered in many different ways according to the preferred style. Sometimes refers to pour some milk or others inside, or even the choice of the cup shape and material.

Coffee Houses in Italy

Your favourite bar -generally the one “sotto casa” or close to the office, is generally managed by people that know everything about you. The “barista”, the one who prepares your coffee, is not a stranger, is a confessor, a friend, sometimes a “guru” and philosopher.
If this sounds weird to you, just come to experience directly. Be sure no one will forgive a bartender for a not good coffee…is just something that can ruin your day. It’s an art, and there’s no kidding around about the perfect espresso: rich, creamy, perfectly balanced from start to finish, not one coffee ground burned by the scorching hot.

How to order a coffee in Rome

Example a) I need espresso coffee

  1. Access the bar
  2. Look around to find the cashier and reach it (be brave, you could not see people queuing ordinately)
  3. Ask for “un espresso” and pay
  4. Bring the bill to the bartender (probably he will be busy)
  5. Try to get bartender attention (be brave), then ask
  6. Give the bartender the bill (he will probably look and strap a little)
  7. Put the bill on the bar (locals leave a spare coin to hold the paper down and tip the bartender)
  8. Take your coffee

Example b) I need cappuccino and cornetto (traditional Italian breakfast)

  1. Access the bar and have a look at the display to choose what you’d like to buy
  2. Look around to find the cashier and reach it (be brave, you could not see people queuing ordinately)
  3. Tell “cappuccino e cornetto” what you like (you’d need to know before you go) and pay
  4. Bring the bill to the bartender (probably he will be busy)
  5. Put the bill on the bar (locals leave a spare coin to hold the paper down and to tip the bartender)
  6. Ask for what you’d like
  7. Eat your cornetto and drink your cappuccino standing at the bar

Coffee styles

Caffè or Espresso: a straight shot of coffee.
Americano: not exactly coffee as known in the United States, generally is just espresso coffee and hot water in the cappuccino cup (half a mug size, do not complain)
Caffè corretto: espresso “corrected” by a shot of liquor or Sambuca. Style beloved by men after a meal.
Macchiato: espresso “stained” with a dab of steamed milk.
Caffè ristretto: espresso with a tad less water, stronger than regular espresso.
In tazza grande: is espresso in the cappuccino cup.
Caffè marocchino: espresso coffee with milk froth and chocolate powder.
Cappuccio or cappuccino: coffee combined with steamed milk (more so than macchiato) and taken only at breakfast.
No matter what style is, the important is that is done with love, take our Espresso, Gelato and Tiramisu tour of Rome to discover much more!

What & where to eat in Rome: Circo Massimo

What and where to eat: best restaurants near Circus Maximus

Looking around for the best restaurants near Circo Massimo? this is the article for you.

Enjoy this area, is very beautiful if you want to go for a walk. You can also stay in the park with a book all day long, certainly there are a lot of bars and paninerie where to eat.

In my opinion, one of the best bar here is Bar Bistrot Gusto Massimo (Via del Circo Massimo 5), here you can have a panino or a sandwich or just a coffee.

However, you can even have lunch sitting at a table and enjoying the view of Rome.

If you’re looking for a place to have dinner or lunch, but you’re sick of pasta and pizza (strange but could happen), you can go to 0,75-Zerosettantacinque (Via dei Cerchi 65). Here you can enjoy the best hamburgers of this area, the staff is very friendly and the prices are not too high.

In conclusion, I recommend you a very good place, a little bit fancier offering traditional Roman dishes: Alvaro al Circo Massimo (Via dei Cerchi 53).  This is one of the best restaurants in the area. Do not miss their best recipe, the Amatriciana and the Lasagne, definitely worth the visit.

A little bit of history about the Circo Massimo

The Circus Maximus (in Italian Circo Massimo) is an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium in Rome.

Located few steps from the Colosseum, Aventine hill and Mouth of Truth.  It was  a mass entertainment venue located in Rome.

Situated in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills, it was the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome and its later Empire.

Impressive its measures, 621 mt (2,037 ft) in length and 118 mt (387 ft) in width. The stadium could accommodate over 150,000 spectators. Its name talks, Maxuìimus means “huge”, the biggest.

The actual shape follows more or less the old one, but nothing remains of the marble decorations, the tribunes, the shops and fortified walls that used to sourrond it. During Imperial time there were two huge Egyptian Obelisks in the middle of the track and several little temples.

Mainly this stadium was for games and challenges, shows and feats. Most important were the chariot and horse races. Often, chariot races were guided by slaves, challenging against others to be rewarded with freedom.

This place is legendary since the earliest years of Rome. It seems to be that exaclty here happened the event of the Rape of the Sabines. The sabine were a group of women coming from Sabina (a still existing northern area, not far from Rome), invited to assist public games at the Circus and abused there. The reason of this crime, was Romulus’ plan to give a bigger legacy to Roman citizens providing new brides.

After the 6th century, the Circus fell into disuse and decay, and was quarried for building materials. The lower levels, ever prone to flooding, were gradually buried under waterlogged alluvial soil and accumulated debris. Therefore, the original track is now buried 6m beneath the modern surface.

Mid 19th century workings at the circus site uncovered the lower parts of a seating tier and outer portico. Since then, a series of excavations has exposed further sections of the seating, curved turn and central barrier but further exploration has been limited by the scale, depth and waterlogging of the site.

The Circus Maximum Today

In spite of its actual condition, spoiled and looking like a field, it became the model for circuses throughout the Roman Empire.

One of the Obelisks (From Ramses II) is now in Piazza del Popolo. Pope Sixtus V, the one of the Sistine Chapel, wanted the obelisk re -sited there, at the end of the Via Sistina. Certainly to celebrate his restyling of the City in XVI Century. Probably he didn’t expect , erecting the obelisk could be so complicated. But they succeded at the end.

The circus site is now a public park and it often hosts concerts and meetings.

When to go

The perfect periods to come and see the Circo Massimo are two:

Firstly, during winter, especially during Christmas holidays, because of concerts, meetings and parades. Mainly for New Year’s Eve.

Secondly, is May/June, for more or less the same reasons: concerts, demonstrations, meetings.

In addition,  in summer or spring this area is really really beautiful and has a very romantic atmosphere, with all the trees with flowers and the first summer fruits, everything is green.

Sun starts to go down very late so you can enjoy every single moment here in this amazing park, included a stunning sunset. Then, you can go for a romantic dinner in one of the best restaurants around.

How to reach Circo Massimo

Circo Massimo is very very easy to reach, because here arrives the subway, more precisely, the B line (the blue one). So if you are close to a subway station, you can’t get lost.
There are even some buses you can take, like for example number 75 from Termini, or the tram number 3.

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Martina is a local foodie and best restaurants hunter. She has a Bachelor in Fine Art for Tour Operators and Cultural Management. Meet Martina and join one of our events.