On my way to the airport, with my one-way ticket to Rome in hand, I insisted on stopping for a burrito. I dutifully carried my prize through security, mini cups of salsa verde and all.
Growing up in Southern California, great Mexican food has always been a part of my diet. As much as I love Italian cooking, I’ve been jonesing for some south of the border flavor. I finally broke down and bought “Mexican Salsa,” at the Italian supermarket.
What I wanted:
The ingredients were: Tomato, peppers, onion, sugar, salt and “spices.” Great! But here’s what I got:
Ketchup. And the “spices?” CINNAMON. Wtf? Cinnamon?? In salsa? I’m sorry Italy, but you lose this round. Cinnamon?!
Mexican food: You’re doing it wrong.
Update 2016: It only took 6 years, but Rome finally got a decent Mexican bar.
11 thoughts on “Mexican Food in Italy”
We feel your pain. When we get back to the Southwest the first stop we make is the taco stand…
Yeah, in general Italy doesn’t do non-Italian food very well… I’ve never eaten much Mexican (I guess it’s not quite as popular in the UK as it is in the States) but I miss the Chinese, Japanese & Indian food I used to get at home 🙁
But saying that, I’ve just had some nice Turkish food for lunch…..
Hmm, I will send some freeze-dried burritos your way this Xmas 😛
I’m afraid it doesn’t get much better. You can find Uncle Ben’s products here otherwise you have to make it yourself!
Oh, I DO share your misery. I am from Orange County where we eat mexican, not to mention indian, thai, chinese, and everything else under the sun, about 1-2 times per week. I have debated having my sister smuggle some cilantro seeds to me, but not really sure what the consequences would be.
Maybe we can go halvsies on a shipment of the good stuff sometime! Sometimes a girl just needs a carnitas taco and some good guacamole. 🙁
When the urge for Tex Mex comes on, may I suggest you try The Perfect Bun – Largo del Teatro Valle – and the Perfect Bun Deli & Grocery for guacamole, pico de gallo, burritos et. al.!
Where is the perfect bun? Are there any specialty stores in Rome where I can buy indian Thai or Mexican? I cant eat Italian day!!
It’s right in the center! Largo del Teatro Valle, 4. Just off Vittorio Emmanuele II, close to Piazza Navona. You can buy a ton of spices at Mercato Esquilino if you want to cook for yourself. I like Le Spezie del Guru for all ingredients for Indian dishes (Via Lamarmora 15) and there are Indian take away places in the same neighborhood.
I shuddered as I read this!
Have things changed since this post was written? I’ll be in Italy soon for several months scouting for a place to live. I’m an American but I grew up in Mexico City. While Italian food is one of my greatest passions, I still enjoy (and often crave) cooking “interior” Mexican food.
Hi Beverly! Hmmm… I grew up in San Diego (and I visited Mexico City for the first time– amazing!), and I have to say there is still nothing in Rome that really compares to the food. La Cucaracha out by the Vatican is run by a family from Mexico, and there is a taco shop (La Taqueria) in Prati which tries– but I have to say that they don’t hit the spot for me. You can, however, now find much better ingredients particularly in Esquilino. Here is where to shop: https://anamericaninrome.com/2015/11/7-best-places-to-buy-international-ingredients-in-rome/
Hope you have a great stay in Rome– and eat well! Let me know if you uncover any deliciousness I may have missed.
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