The month of the Jewish festivities: Rosh ha shanà (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur from 29 September to 9 October.
The Hebrew month of Tishri, which falls between September and October of the Gregorian calendar, is marked by two important religious recurrences, Rosh ha shanà (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur. In Rome the two holidays, which this year are celebrated on 29 September until 9 October, just a few days apart, do not involve only the Jewish community but the whole city: this is because the Judeo-Roman tradition in all its aspects has influenced and characterized the face and evolution of the capital since its origins. Or rather, since the common origins, since the Jewish community in Rome is the oldest in Italy and in Europe, with an uninterrupted tradition.Therefore, one of the aspects of this millenary tradition, namely the kitchen, is not only Roman, but Judeo-Roman. Many dishes and many of their ingredients, are being associated with the two religious recurrences, fully included in the Roman culinary tradition, nevertheless maintain their characteristic traits and original peculiarities: the use of pepper in large quantities on vegetables and, above all, on braided endive and fried, as in the so-called “Torselli” and baked with anchovies; cutting the artichoke on a typical shape of the rose, is the base of the famous “Artichokes alla Giudìa”; the sweet and sour taste, as in the “Concia”, more commonly known as “marinated zucchini”, derived from the use of vinegar on the sweet base of zucchini cut into round slices, fried and garnished with parsley. In the Judeo-Roman cuisine the way in which the ingredients are combined, the simplicity with which they are treated and processed, determine the recipe, rather than the doses and quantities. This is found, in particular, in the preparation of the traditional Jewish sweet pizza, unique in its kind, whose recipe is jealously guarded by the “Pasticceria Boccione” in via del Portico d’Ottavia 1, more commonly known as the ghetto oven. Only here are they baked continuously, along with cinnamon toasts, almond cakes and ricotta tarts with sour cherry jam, “Beridde” pizzas, a type of shortbread with candied fruit, almonds, pine nuts and raisins.