Let me start here: If you are a vegetarian or vegan, consider changing your ways or fly back home. Meat platters are an incredibly popular starter dish in Rome. Oftentimes they are even large enough to be a sufficient entre – so much for smaller portions, right?
Hostaria Dino e Tony has one of the largest, most diverse meat platters, and it’s relatively cheap, too. All the meats are freshly cut, which is unique to Italy and improves the flavor significantly.
I have recently come to this conclusion: Italians are special humans. Somehow, they are able to consume an all-carb diet while avoiding the gym, and yet they do not struggle with the same obesity issues that Americans battle. So if you are not a super Italian and are trying to minimize your carb intake, Tony’s meat platter is for you because each bite is enjoyable with or withOUT bread.
This dish is also a great source of protein. Protein is a macronutrient, meaning that your body needs relatively large amounts of it daily. It is a crucial building block for your bones, skin, blood, muscles, and more. Without it, you may be left feeling weak or lethargic.
Your body may also begin to look flabby or noodle-y without adequate protein. In order to fully fight this appearance, however, you must pair your protein intake with a little exercise.
Now you have two options here: you can workout in a way that allows you to blends in or that makes you stick out like a sore thumb.
Because Italians are not workout-obsessive like Americans, you may choose to assimilate by getting your exercise in by walking to tourist attractions or walking along the Tiber River. Walking to tourist attractions like the Spanish Steps or the Coliseum is a great way to kill two birds with one stone, but, even if you don’t have a final destination in mind, cruising around Rome is a great way to learn the ins and outs of the city.
A stroll along the Tiber River is another option. There is a bike path that is easily accessible, and the scenery is beautiful. This route is also off the beaten path, meaning it’s an easy escape from the hustle-and-bustle and noise of the city.
On the other hand, if you do not care about essentially writing “FOREIGNER” on your forehead, you can run outside or join a nearby gym. The bike path along the Tiber River is also a great location to go for a jog, but odds are you will not pass another runner, aside from the occasional fellow foreigner.
There are also several gyms located around Rome that offer your basic gym equipment and classes. I recommend a small gym tucked into Trastevere called Lungotevere. Its specific location is not touristy, and they offer several spinning, Pilates, circuit training, and boxing classes to keep your body in fit and toned.
So to all my carnivore readers: go ahead! Indulge in all the meat platters you encounter because they are delicious and essential to keep your body running. It’s a win-win option.