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Trippa alla Romana


Trippa alla romana, tripe Roman style, is one of my favorite local dishes. It’s not one of those things I EVER make at home, but when I go out, I order it religiously. Last week I went to Checchino dal 1887 for dinner where the sauce the tripe is cooked and served in is rich and complex. The flavors of the slowly cooked tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, cloves, and mint blend together and lend their taste to the strips of tender tripe. There is definitely no shortage of organ meats to choose from at Checchino; animelle (sweetbreads), cervelli (brains), testicoli (testicles), and pajata are all featured on the menu. But I think tripe is the gateway offal. At least that is how I started, and once I did there was no turning back.

2016-01-07T14:37:54+00:00 June 24th, 2009|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Offal, Rome & Lazio|17 Comments


  1. Miss Expatria June 25, 2009 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    “Gateway offal” hahahhahaah. The very last thing I ate before leaving Rome was the pasta can animelle and the trippa. Do you know I’ve never been to Checchino dal 1887???

  2. JP June 25, 2009 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Checchino dal 1887 has fantastic pasta carbonara too. Not a fan of trippa. We should take Grandpa there next time he’s in Roma – the two of you can eat it to your hearts content!

  3. Katie June 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    @MissExpatria Checchino is great and their ingredients are meticulously sourced from produttori laziali, not a given any longer in Roman restaurants as you know. You can definitely have excellent quinto quarto elsewhere but this is the best place for the inexperienced to begin.

    @JP oh yeah, this is the first stop the next time you guys come to visit!

  4. Grandpa Cipollina July 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    read your list of organ meats, very insteresting, but you missed the spleen.

    • Katie July 5, 2009 at 1:42 am - Reply

      pane ca’ meusa, and spleen in general are, is always on my mind.

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  6. Tom September 11, 2009 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    We’re going to Checchino dal 1887 in December (three weeks in Italy…I’m literally counting the days: just 91 to go!) with Maureen Fant through Context Travel. We can’t wait! Been there once before and have been longing to have the pajata again ever since!

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