Italy: Pompeii to open ancient ‘street food’ diner to visitors

Pompeii will open up a newly unearthed thermopolium at Easter.
The Pompeii archaeological park has announced that it will open up a recently discovered thermopolium, a sort of ancient ‘fast food’ counter, with visits set to begin from Easter 2021.
The news follows the discovery of the L-shaped thermopolium, at the corner of Alley of the Balconies and Alley of the Silver Wedding at the Regio V site, in March 2019.
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The newly unearthed thermopolium is noted for its well preserved, colourful frescoes portraying images of geese, a rooster and a dog, reports Italian news agency ANSA.
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Archaeologists have discovered an inlaid floor of polychrome marble, earthenware pots and have even clues about what was on the menu, with one paella-type dish including a mixture of “mammals, birds, fish and snails,” reports ANSA.
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They also unearthed the skeletons of two men and a dog, buried along with the rest of Pompeii in volcanic ash and pumice after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
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Over the years archaeologists have excavated more than 80 thermopolia, an ancient version of Italy’s tavole calde, which sold ready-to-eat food and were popular among the working classes and those who could not afford a private kitchen.

Photo Parco Pompei, Luigi Spina.


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