Sample Some Pompeii Fast Food! Yes, They Unearthed Ancient Rome Food Carts!

Eat “Fast Food” Like An Accent Roman!

The picture above is incredible…it’s a food cart from Ancient Rome!

This is a great story for foodies like me – a great new “fast food” find – in Rome!

The Washington Post shared this story – as they report:

“A fast-food eatery at Pompeii has been excavated, helping to reveal dishes that were popular for the citizens of the ancient Roman city who were partial to eating out.

Pompeii Archaeological Park’s longtime chief, Massimo Osanna said Saturday that while some 80 such fast-foods have been found at Pompeii, it is the first time such a hot-food-drink eatery — known as a thermopolium — was completely unearthed.”

They go on to report:

“Valeria Amoretti, a Pompeii staff anthropologist, said “initial analyses confirm how the painted images represent, at least in part, the foods and beverages effectively sold inside.” Her statement noted that duck bone fragment was found in one of the containers, along with remains from goats, pigs, fish and snails. At the bottom of a wine container were traces of ground fava beans, which in ancient times were added to wine for flavor and to lighten its color, Amoretti said.”

“We know what they were eating that day,” said Osanna, referring to the day of Pompeii’s destruction in 79 A.D. The food remains indicated “what’s popular with the common folk,” Osanna told Rai state TV, noting that street-food places weren’t frequented by the Roman elite.

You can see the entire story at The Washington Post’s website here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/mallard-to-go-dig-of-pompeii-fast-food-place-reveals-tastes/2020/12/26/8970c090-479e-11eb-ac2a-3ac0f2b8ceeb_story.html

I love the history of food – for example, did you ever know the world’s first “Celebrity Chef?”

Chef Antonin Careme was an incredibly inventive Chef who cooked for Royalty, Kings and more! His story is fascinating and you can see it by clicking on my story here:

https://johnrieber.com/2019/01/23/weekly-wednesday-bookmobile-the-worlds-first-celebrity-chef-antonin-caremes-100-course-feasts/

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14 replies

  1. I saw this on my news feed! Such a cool story ☺️ never knew about the first celebrity chef! Fun article thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is fascinating, John, and not surprising. People have always loved food.

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  3. that is so wild that they found this! i’ll take a snail smoothie !

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  4. I saw the story on the news this morning. How fascinating and resourceful. See, our fast food or take out isn’t new at all. What a great find!

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  5. Yes I was just watching this on the news last night. I’m sure we would have enjoyed the food on offer. I also love the name – thermopolium — Latin has such great names for things. Imagine saying ‘What do you want at the thermopolium?’ – Quid vis thermopolium? – I couldn’t resist looking it up. I wish I had learnt Latin, such a neat language.

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  6. Pompeii is such an historical treasure trove. I wish I had visited that place. One of my ‘travel regrets’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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