/The Testaccio Market, A One Stop Shop

The Testaccio Market, A One Stop Shop

UPDATE: THE TESTACCIO MARKET HAS CLOSED AND MOVED TO A NEW VENUE. Earlier this week, a curious reader asked the questions, “Where can one find tripe and head cheese when in Rome? Preferably followed by limoncello?” The answer is simple: the Testaccio market. Just yesterday as I was strolling through, I saw one of the butchers preparing a pig’s head for the head cheese process. In Italy the final product is called coppa di testa. Also on sale at his stall were strips of tripe and just 50 feet away at the alimentari, a bottle of limoncello was collecting dust on a shelf.

2016-01-08T13:01:48+00:00 November 26th, 2008|Categories: Food & Wine, Offal|12 Comments


  1. nyc/caribbean ragazza November 26, 2008 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I just had a flash back to my parents making us eat pig’s feet for New Year’s Eve. My siblings and I were not fans.

    I don’t think I will be trying head cheese any time soon. That is too much adventure for me. 🙂

  2. Jessica November 26, 2008 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    That photo is nasty and intriguing all at the same time. I hope none of your readers are vegetarians. And I’m also glad head cheese is not a Thanksgiving delicacy by any means.

  3. Katie November 26, 2008 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Ah, yes pigs feet. Another part of the animal that has been disappearing from tables in recent decades. thankfully, they sell those in testaccio, too.

  4. Katie November 26, 2008 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    To my vegetarian readers: that is a photoshopped picture…yeah, thats it! dont be alarmed. the pig wasnt dead it was just sleeping.

  5. Petulia melideo November 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Ha ha, do you remember when we were in Bologna and we saw the whole piglet hanging from the hook? I loved that shop!

  6. Katie November 27, 2008 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Yes! That was the cutest little piglet I’ve ever seen. Poor little guy.

  7. Jack November 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Mmmm. Stuff that thing with combos and you’ve got a delicacy on your hands. Thank you, Katie!

  8. Katie November 28, 2008 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    well, combos will class up just about any dish. you should try out that recipe for your holiday party

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