• Sherry Fyman

Rome Vegan

Updated: Dec 12, 2018

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I will never get tired of Italian food. And now I find that I can even find in #Italy #vegan restaurants, #rawfood restaurants and traditional Italian restaurants with a full vegan menu. Gone are the days when travel meant searching in supermarkets and food shops to assemble enough vegan food so I wouldn't be hungry. Gone are the days when I would pass a restaurant full of happy diners and look with longing at the happy scene! When I share the photos and descriptions of the meals I was treated to on a recent trip to Rome and Venice, I think you'll agree with me! #RomeVegan #VeniceVegan

Rifugio Roman has a simple approach to meals: 30 years of experience, patience, sacrifice and a lot of commitment. The results were delicious and I look forward to returning to this refuge on my next trip to Rome. While this is not a vegan restaurant, it has a full menu of traditional Roman dishes made vegan.

We started with an ice-chilled glass of La Rossa del Brenta red beer.

We started with two delicious traditional antipasti: Olive ascolane (deep fried balls with green olives and vegan sausages) and Arancino Vegano - funghi, piselli e zafferano (deep fried rice balls with peas, mushrooms and saffron).

And then on to the pasta dish:

Pennette alle Vodka Vegana. Pennette with smoked seitan, vegan cream and vodka

Pasta al pesto di mandorle, zucchini, white pepper

In Rome we also had a tasty and relaxing lunch just a few steps from the #Tiber at the charming and cozy Ècru Raw Food and Art Gallery. The hosts are welcoming and eager to explain menu entries to those who are unfamiliar with the idea of #rawfood. The restaurant is the creation of Veronica Rosafio and Katia Montoneri. Everything at Ècru is prepared fresh, much of it right in front of you. Nothing is cooked at a temperature above 104 degrees. Raw foodies will tell you that keeping the cooking temperatures low enhances the flavors of the foods, keeps foods as close as possible to their original states and preserves more of the #nutrients. Tennis great Venus Williams switched to a raw diet to fight an autoimmune condition. She explains how important a raw food diet is to her. "Once I started I fell in love with the concept of fueling your body in the best way possible. Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me."

entrance to Ècru

interior of Ècru

We had two hazelnut smoothies,

a #veganburger

Vegan burger

and raw carrot pasta

raw carrot pasta

For our last lunch in Rome we really hit the jackpot - the superb Ma Va! It's in the #Prati area of the #Trastevere. It's a quiet, non-touristy area of an otherwise madly touristy city! The restaurant was cozy and inviting and food delicious.

entrance to Ma Va'? restaurant Rome

We started with Vegetable Tempura.

Vegetable tempura

Rossella had a crepe filled with creamed potatoes and cauliflower and whipped broccoli.

Fagottino de crepes con crema di patate, cavolfiore e broccolo romanesco safiati.

I had a risotto with creamed pumpkin and mushrooms with crushed peanuts. It was as good to eat as it was to look at when it first arrived at our table.

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