There are many great places to experience when in Rome, but one especially cultural place is located in the Testaccio area, where open air markets are all the rage. The Testaccio Market is preferred by locals, because of the great restaurants and cafes available there. A visit here means an avoidance of tourist traps. If you want to immerse yourself in local shopping and dining, the Testaccio Market is the place to be. Testaccio’s restaurants are famous for some very interesting dishes, such as oxtails and tripe. Though perhaps not to everyone’s tastes, the food is fondly enjoyed by the local residents.
Of course, there is much more to the Testaccio dining experience than oxtail and tripe. Once you start walking down Via Marmorata, your nostrils will be tantalized by a wide and strange array of enticing smells. Italians are very generous with their cuisine. Fresh fruits and vegetables line the street and lead you to the restaurants offering local Italian cuisine. Locals shop this street for the freshest ingredients to put in their daily dishes.
Looking for a palatable, yet affordable meal? Testaccio Market is the place to go. The variety of foods and dishes are not only delicious, they are also inexpensive. Try a salami and cheese combination at one of the open vendors, or enjoy your choice of a wide variety of fresh vegetables, such as broccoli, chicory, artichokes and leafy, green lettuce. The fruits are just as fresh and delicious at Testassio market.
The Mastroianni Brothers offer a fantastic selection of fish. The Mastroianni Brothers enjoy claiming the famous Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni as their kin(and they have the pictures to prove it). The fish offerings include the commonly known fish, shellfish, mollusks, and more exotic species. If you enjoy fish, you just might end up spending hours by their stall, checking out the merchandise.
A few hours of shopping can leave you hungry and the nearby Monte Testaccio is a great place to enjoy a lunch of cooked meats, cheese and produce. This unique and “false” mound is composed of broken amphorae that dates back to the ancient times.