by Great Italian Chefs 30 July 2018

This central Italian region has it all, with the city of Rome steeped in ancient history, amazing pasta dishes, a stunning coastline and beautiful medieval villages. Discover the local cuisine and prepare to get very hungry.

Great Italian Chefs is a team of passionate food-lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the gastronomic mecca that is Italy.

Great Italian Chefs is a team of food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the gastronomic mecca that is Italy. From Veneto and Lombardy in the north to Calabria and Sicily in the south, we celebrate the very best of this glorious cuisine and try to bring you a little bit of la dolce vita wherever you are.

You’d be hard put to find a city more interesting, culturally important and downright beautiful than Rome. There’s a reason millions of tourists choose to visit it every year – it has everything you could possibly want in a destination. And of course, food is a major draw.

But while Rome is home to some incredible dishes, Lazio (the region of Italy that’s home to the capital) can sometimes feel a little left out. Despite its incredible beaches, wide flat expanses of fertile land and beautiful hilltop villages, most people fly directly to Rome and never venture outside the city limits. For the dedicated foodie, however, a trip into the countryside is well worth the effort, as there are countless culinary gems to discover.

Whether you’re staying in Rome for a weekend break, touring the vineyards of Lazio or are happy to travel anywhere in the region for something tasty, we’ve got everything you could possibly want to know about Lazio’s food and drink right here. Take a look below at the dishes, ingredients and flavours that make this region great, plus plenty of recipes to bring a little bit of Roman (and Lazian!) romanticism into your own home.

Lazio food and drink: the complete guide

Want to know all about the local dishes of Rome and the rest of Lazio? Take a look at our complete guide for a grounding in the classics.

Pasta party

All our recipes from Lazio and Rome

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All roads lead to Rome

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The salumi of Lazio

From the integral guanciale to mortadella from Amatrice and more unusual delicacies, Lazio is home to some incredible cured meats. Here are the ones to look out for if you're in the area.

The wines of Lazio

Want to know what the local grapes taste like in Lazio? Check out Jacopo Mazzeo's all-encompassing guide to the region's famous wines.

Beyond Rome

The chefs of Lazio

Cristina Bowerman

Daniele Usai

Giuseppe di Iorio