A trip to Ancient Rome awaits with the new menu

Ancient Rome’s people may have lived thousands of years ago, but their diets were far from traditional.

From their famous studs like Caesar and Antony to leading ladies like Livia, the rich and famous loved nothing more than sampling the strangest dishes our modern brains can imagine.

Food has been central to social life throughout human history and it’s widely known that the Romans appreciated good food. The team from Six by Nico have been unearthing ancient recipes to create a historically-adapted menu that brings their gastronomical creations to life in the 21st century.

Inspired by Roman traditions and interpreted through modern delicacies, Ancient Rome will pay homage to the origins of foods we are familiar with and even enjoy today.

From undiscovered recipes to the use of ancient ingredients that are widely used in the modern world, there is something for everyone in the next theme menu, which will run from Tuesday, 15 March, to Sunday April 24 at Six by Nico locations in Glasgow, Glasgow Southside, and Edinburgh.

Cacio e Pepe – Crispy Pasta, Black Pepper & Parmesan Royale

The immersive six course menu includes Course I – Cacio e Pepe – Crispy Pasta, Black Pepper & Parmesan Royale; Course II – White Asparagus, Crispy Duck Egg, Hazelnut & Brown Butter; Course III – Roasted Hispi Cabbage, Cavatelli Pasta, Pickled Chanterelle Mushrooms, Truffle Foam & Pecorino Sardo; Course IV – Pompeii , Sole, Smoked Mussel, Lovage, White Turnip & Mussel Cream and Course V- Belly of Pork Fillet, Turned Rib, Cured Meat, Fennel & Toasted Fennel Seed, Date & Apple Compote, Braised Fennel.

Unmissable on the tables of the Roman population was a very sweet dessert. They referred to their dessert course as ‘mensa secunda’, or ‘second meal’and to round off Six by Nco’s ancient rome feast, guests will indulge in Course VI -Honey Parfait, Ricotta Cheese Mousse, Preserved Quince, Fizzy Muscat Grape, Pear & Citrus, Honey Tuile.

Chef Nico Simeone said: ‘Our teams have trawled through Roman recipe books to find a way to recreate dishes for the modern foodie. Let’s not forget that the Romans were resourceful and inventive with their produce, with many of their dishes revealing the origins of Italian cuisine.

‘Ancient Roman cuisine featured a diverse array of unusual dishes, strange food items, and unconventional cooking experiments, and we hope that our interpretation will allow our guests to enjoy the flavours and tastes of ancient Roman cuisine today.’

Honey Parfait, Ricotta Cheese Mousse, Preserved Quince, Fizzy Muscat Grape, Pear & Citrus, Honey Tuile

Diners can book a table now for Ancient Rome at Six by Nico restaurants. Open from midday, Tuesday through Sunday in Glasgow Finnieston and Edinburgh City Centre and Thursday – Sunday at Glasgow Southside, each six-course menu will be available from noon to night.

The Ancient Rome menu is priced at £32 per person with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine and specialist drinks pairing for an additional £27 at each restaurant. As ever, there is a vegetarian alternative available for every course, as well as snack sides available from £8.

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Ancient Rome will run from Tuesday 15 March – Sunday 24 April.