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Rome in January--what to buy at food markets and cook in our apartment?

erh909 | Dec 3, 201008:12 AM

My family will be spending a week in Rome in mid-January and renting an apartment there. For several of our dinners we plan to buy ingredients at food markets and cook together at home.

In my board search I have found the following market recommendations:
Testaccio (seems to be the most popular)
Campo dei Fiori
Vittorio Emanuele
Piazza Vittorio

If you had to pick your top 2-3 of these, which would they be--or do you have other recommendations? We are fine with walks and public transport; hoping to avoid anything that would require a long taxi ride. If you are familiar with these markets, are there particular sellers/stalls we should be sure to visit?

Are there any local/in season (or just really good) veg, fruits or other ingredients that we should look out for at that time of year? Any suggestions for classic Roman winter dishes we can make at home? (I love artichokes and heard they might be in season so anything carciofi would be great!)

Thanks in advance!


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