Today is the 4th of July, and in honor of this I’m posting about one aspect you hear about all the time when growing up in America or learning about America. This is the so-called “melting pot” phenomena of people coming from around the world and settling down to make their lives in the US. This photograph, taken while waiting for the tram on the via Prenestina, is my own little version of Rome’s “melting pot.” I was first taken with the man in the African print outfit, and then more people arrived, including the strikingly elegant woman. Like many things about Rome, you do have to move to the exteriors to see it, but there are thriving multi-cultural communities in the city. This is something that has interested me more and more over my years here and I’ve posted a few times about issues of immigration, discrimination, and different cultures here in Rome. I think it’s important that not just Italians have a “voice” in the photos on this blog, but that all the people that live here do, as they are often kept out of the media and/or shown only in a bad light. And the more people experience new things, the more they can understand something that is not their own. Right now some of the easiest ways to see and experience different cultures in Rome is to do to some of the ethnic restaurants in the city. Haha, you’ll notice there’s not an “American” one on the list, because I haven’t found one that lives up to my standard yet! Add your favorites in the comments.
Shawarma Station (via Merulana 271 – Esquilino) – The best, hands down. Cheap and delicious. If I lived closer I’d go all the time.
Sahara (viale Ippocrate 43 – Piazza Bologna) – I had my first taste of Ethiopian food here and it’s amazing.
Sala Thai (via Topino 33C – Corso Trieste) – The only place I’ve had decent Thai food in Rome. Unshockingly it’s located near the Thai embassy.