fresco of a baker selling bread to customers from Pompeii

In our second episode of “The Splendid Triclinium,” our host and guest move from the dining room to the fish market and fast-food restaurant! While many of the large houses of Pompeii’s wealthiest citizens had spectacular dining rooms, most of the city’s inhabitants had humble cooking facilities at home and relied on restaurants and carry-out menus. Discover where Romans did their grocery shopping, and learn about recipes for dormice (yes, mice!) and, for the less adventurous, deep-fried honey cakes.

Written by Kristina Neumann; featuring Kristina Neumann and Desiree Gerner; produced by Christian Cloke and Emily Egan; featuring Vivaldi's Gloria; recording and editing by R. Aaron Allen Productions.