The people of ancient Rome may have lived over a thousand years ago, but their diet was far from traditional.
The rich and famous loved nothing more than to taste the weirdest dishes our modern brains could imagine.
Food has been central to social life throughout human history and it is well known that the Romans valued good food. The Six by Nico team has unearthed ancient recipes to create a historically relevant menu that brings their gastronomic creations to life in the 21st century.
Inspired by Roman traditions and interpreted through modern delights, “Ancient Rome” will pay homage to the origins of the foods we know and even enjoy today. From unknown recipes to the use of ancient ingredients widely used in the modern world, there’s something for everyone on the upcoming themed menu, which will run from Tuesday March 15 to Sunday April 24 at Six by Nico locations in Glasgow. .
What is on the menu?
The immersive six-course menu includes Course I – Cacio e Pepe – Crispy Pasta, Black Pepper and Royal Parmesan; Dish II – White asparagus, crispy duck egg, hazelnut and brown butter; Course III – Roasted Hispi Cabbage, Cavatelli Pasta, Marinated Chanterelles, Truffle Mousse & Pecorino Sardo; Course IV – Pompeii, sole, smoked mussels, lovage, white turnip and cream of mussels and Course V – Pork tenderloin, back ribs, charcuterie, fennel and grilled fennel seeds, date and apple compote, braised fennel.
Indispensable on the tables of the Roman population was a very sweet dessert. They’ve dubbed their dessert course a ‘mensa secunda’, or ‘second meal’ – and to round off Six by Nico’s Ancient Rome feast, guests will feast on Course VI – Honey Parfait, Ricotta Cheese Mousse, canned quince, sparkling muscat grape, Pear & Citrus, Honey Tuile.
Roman recipe books
Chef Nico Simeone said: “Our teams scoured Roman cookbooks to find a way to recreate dishes for modern foodies. Let’s not forget that the Romans were ingenious and inventive with their produce, with many of their dishes the origins of Italian cooking.
“Ancient Roman cuisine featured a diverse range of unusual dishes, strange foods and unconventional dining experiences, and we hope our interpretation will allow our guests to enjoy the flavors and tastes of Ancient Roman cuisine from today.”
Guests can now book a table for “Ancient Rome” at Six by Nico restaurants. Open from midday, Tuesday to Sunday in Glasgow Finnieston and Edinburgh city center and Thursday to Sunday in Glasgow Southside, each six-course menu will be available from midday to evening.
The ‘Ancient Rome’ menu is priced at £32 per person with the option to enjoy a carefully selected wine and specialty drink pairing for an additional £27 at each restaurant. As always, a vegetarian alternative is available for each course, with snacks available from £8.
To make a reservation and to book now, visit www.sixbynico.co.uk.