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Romeo Debuts Food Truck at Taste of Roma Festival

ape romeo menu

The brains and brawn behind Glass and Roscioli are at it again. Less than one year after opening their successful joint venture, Romeo, they have officially inaugurated Ape Romeo, Rome’s first worthwhile food truck.

The debut took place at noon today at the Taste of Roma restaurant festival press conference. Elbows flailing, journalists and invited guests converged on the Ape truck to taste pizza co’ la mortazza and lamb tongue pastrami mini-panini.

pizzette ape romeo

Fabio Spada, one of Romeo’s founders, explained, “At first Ape Romeo will be parked in front of Romeo on Via Silla. We want to change people’s misconception that our sandwiches all cost over €10. The Ape will serve smaller formats of our sandwiches; they will cost €2.50-3.00.” Ape Romeo will also be available for private parties or large order deliveries. To keep track of its whereabouts, follow @Ape_Romeo on Twitter.

lamb tongue pastrami romeo

While food trucks are part of a food economy that thrives elsewhere in Europe on Earth, Rome’s scene is complicated by the presence of a…erm…how shall I put this delicately…a monopoly of the kneecap breaking persuasion. Those hideous tan trucks parked all over town selling garbage food thrive due to their owners’ nefarious connections. The notorious Tredicine family is reportedly not thrilled about the arrival of a quality competitor. As of 1:43PM, however, they have not yet set Ape Romeo ablaze.

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2017-02-17T15:16:39+00:00 September 27th, 2013|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Rome on a Budget|11 Comments


  1. Martha September 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    You couldn’t mention that Christina Bowerman is an important part of this. It’s hard enough to be a woman chef in Italy.

    • Katie September 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      Uhh i said the brains. it’s obvious i am referring to her. gimme a break.

  2. Mick P September 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Bravi! And the thought of pastrami di lingua gets my juices flowing. Maybe they should also do panini of brains and brawn.

  3. Mick P September 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    I suspected you would, offal queen. 😉

  4. Amit September 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Love that this is out of an Ape! Do you have a review of Romeo? Should I put it on the must visit list?

  5. Katie September 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    @mickp i concur!

  6. Katie September 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    hey amit, it’s in my app, on the blog and i wrote about it here, too: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2013/01/27/travel/20130127-SURFACING.html

  7. Mamma Parla September 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Romeo is deliciousness! And now a food truck? Why can’t they drive it on over to here?

  8. realist October 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    All the best to Romeo. Because it isn’t going to be easy. See what happened to someone else who fancied trying a food truck in Rome:


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  10. lee October 11, 2013 at 2:18 am - Reply

    is there a food truck area in Rome? where more than one truck will park? Or are there specific areas that food trucks frequent?

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