Made of pork, beef or mutton, the choice is yours. Pastrami is the latest culinary trend among its enthusiasts, expert carnivores and the curious. It became a symbol of New York street food thanks to the famous movie “When Harry Met Sally”, namely the scene where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal eat pastrami sandwiches at Katz’s Delicatessen in New York.
It has since spread globally, including many Roman places where you can savour it. Its history goes way back. Originally from Romanian cuisine, over the centuries it has undergone transformations and culinary influences from Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. The recipe passed from Romania to Israel all the way to the USA, after being exported by migrating Romanian Jews in the early 20th century.
Thanks to the touch of master chefs today, it has also become a gourmet dish!
Our ranking of pastrami perfection in Rome:
BAR DEL CAPPUCCINO
At the entrance to the Jewish Ghetto, served with Kosher meat.
VIA ARENULA, 50
Famous for its Bagels, including one option with pastrami.
VIALE AVENTINO, 87
MAMMO’ STREET FOOD
Which offers several Gourmet Italian-American proposals
VIA BENEDETTA, 1
FONZIE THE BURGER HOUSE
Also served with Kosher meat
VIA S. MARIA DEL PIANTO, 13
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