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April 22, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Italian Cuisine of the Ancient Jewish Quarter of Rome

Join us for a unique cooking class and dinner celebrating the dishes of the Jewish Quarter of Rome!

Many times in life great things emerge from the hardest of times. The cuisine born in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto certaintly reflects this. In this pocket of Italy between the 1500’s and 1800’s, Roman-Jews were kept isolated in what was known as the “Ghetto” across the Tiber River, in an area prone to floods, disease, and famine. As in many parts of Italy and in cultures around the world, out of a need to survive the Jews became very creative in the preparation of their food. They turned to the river to source fish and fried much of the inexpensive ingredients they were able to obtain to add more taste. Many componants of their meals were also inspired by Iberian and Sephardic Jewish dishes and are absolutely delicious!

Today, we can thank the Roman-Jews for laying the foundation for the Eternal City’s street food culture of “friggitore”, (fry shops), which serve up tasty treats such as suppli al telefono (mozzarella filled rice fritters), and carciofi alla Giudia, (fried artichokes). Whether you have already had the pleasure of visiting the Jewish Quarter of Rome, or it peaks your interest and would like to learn more, this dinner promises delicious dishes rooted in ancient history, that just may surprise you as to what cuisine is “Italian”.

Hands on cooking at this event includes helping to make falafel, suppli, pizzarella, and debla.

Get ready to cook and eat!



Falafel di Melanzane e Ceci

Eggplant and chickpea falafel

Carciofi alla Giudia

Fried Roman artichokes

Suppli al Telefono

Rice fritters filled with mozzarella, marinara

Carrote Dolce e Salate

Carrots cooked in duck fat, sugar, cinnamon


Tagliolini alla Gricia Giudia

Tagliolini pasta, onions, artichokes, black pepper, pecorino

Baccala & Ceci

Cod fish, chickpeas, tomato, Mediterranean spices

I Dolci


Matzo fritters with pine nuts, raisins, and chocolate, drizzled with honey

Debla Roses

Crispy rose shaped pastries, orange blossom water syrup


Chefs Joe & Angela Cicala


The Cicala Residence
1211 Ritner Street
Philadelphia, 19148

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