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As far back as the 2nd century B.C.E., Jews have made their home in Rome and represent the oldest Jewish community in the world outside Israel. What we recognize today as Roman Jewish cooking is fruit of universal Jewish dietary guidelines and, perhaps most importantly, the community’s forced isolation into a gated ghetto for 300 years, which resulted in a unique spin on traditional Italian and Jewish cuisine, using what limited ingredients were available. Additionally, the cuisine reflects many outsider influences—result of the Jewish diaspora of the 15th century as direct result of the Spanish Inquisition, and again in the 1960s when thousands of Jews fleeing Libya settled in Rome.


Fresco of Moses and the Exodus, from the Dura Europos synagogue. Photo © Richard Beck.

This year, Passover begins at sundown on March 25 and ends at sundown on April 1. Bear in mind that Rome’s Jewish community is orthodox and work is prohibited March 26-27 and April 1-2. Work is permitted only on March 28-29 and March 31 with restrictions. These are some listings for sederim, Kosher food products and catering in Rome for Pesach 5773. (more…)

Rome’s Jewish community has a rich and flavorful culinary tradition that spans 22 centuries and encompasses native Roman, as well as Spanish, Libyan and Sicilian influences. Sweets are particularly important–try Boccione Il Forno del Ghetto and Mondo di Laura for proof–and during Pesach, one of the (more…)


Fresco of Moses and the Exodus, from the Dura Europos synagogue. Photo © Richard Beck.

UPDATE: See 2013/5773 Passover post here. This year, Passover begins at sundown on April 6 and ends at sundown on April 14 . These are some listings for sederim, Kosher food products, and catering in Rome for Pesach 5772. (more…)

I can hardly believe I’m writing this. Rome For Foodies, my first native app for iPhone, iPad, and Android smart phones, has just been released and is now available on iTunes and the Android Market (feedback appreciated!!!). The process was hellish, with more delays, sleepless nights and panicked Skype chats with my developers than I wish to remember, but it’s done and I predict the best night’s sleep ever tonight. (more…)