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Rome’s Jewish Ghetto

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.

2017-02-17T15:15:54+00:00 February 27th, 2015|Categories: Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Travel|10 Comments


  1. Lisa Barr February 27, 2015 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Nicely done–I hesitate to say “as usual” although there’s certainly nothing wrong with setting the bar high. Looking forward to exploring some new (to us) neighborhoods when we return to Rome in the fall, and the video series has been helpful.

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  3. Hande February 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I love the big red X.

  4. William February 27, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Excellent stuff on the history of the Ghetto as well as the food. One thing I thought would have been of interest might have been a mention of the impact of fascism on the Jewish community during the 20th Century – although I acknowledge this is primarily a food website.

    • Katie February 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      I cover the Fascist era, racial laws, and Nazi occupation during my Jewish Ghetto tours. The topic could have its own dedicated episode. 22 centuries of history are a bit of a stretch to cover in 4 minutes:)

  5. William February 27, 2015 at 8:49 pm - Reply


  6. ann connolly February 28, 2015 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Your video brings back such delicious memories of our meals with you in the Ghetto. Have never recovered from the Passover baked goods–which even surpassed the pastries of Naples!

  7. Marco March 3, 2015 at 7:46 am - Reply

    OMG, loved this video. I can taste the pizza ebraica and torta di ricotta! You know how to make a displaced Roman homesick….

  8. Paul Diveny March 4, 2015 at 3:36 am - Reply

    As always a terrific report! The pizza ebraica is one of those foods I will never forget. I used to walk home that way just so I would have an excuse to stop!

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