Our journey begins at the Porta Venezia MM1 stop, a district that hosts the highest concentration of restaurants in the world offering food to please every taste.
The Ethiopian-Eritrean community first began to settle around Corso Buenos Aires, Aires in the 1980s bringing food shops and restaurants serving exotic Horn of Africa cuisine that sprung up between Via Vitruvio and Viale Vittorio Veneto.
In the subsequent years, the area also opened its arms to other foreign communities, particularly Arabs and Indians.
The largest ethnic group is, without doubt, Ethiopian and Eritrean with its many restaurants serving up spicy dishes of meat and vegetables. You could treat yourself to piquant zighinì served on injera, the typical sour and slightly spongy flatbreads or make a foray into the unmistakable flavours of Indian dishes, packed with cinnamon, curry and ginger, in a delightful excursus of sweet and sour where the spiciness is offset by the acidity of yoghurt and tamarind.
And then, of course, there’s the ever-popular and versatile couscous served in the Arab restaurants and the festive vibe and flavours typical of Brazilian cuisine with dishes based on tapioca, potatoes, fish and meat along with dried and exotic fruits (juicy pineapple, papaya, mango, sweet coconut, tangy tamarind and guava) together with rice, legumes and shellfish for a truly unique and beautifully varied mix of flavours.
Let’s not forget Argentine cuisine with its mega servings of grilled Argentine meat (fillet, sirloin, cut, codon, rib) finished off with the famous creamy dulce de leche milk-based dessert.