Pompeii: Unearthing a Still Life in Regio IX
Discovering ancient culinary traditions in the heart of Pompeii! In the recent excavations of Regio IX, a fascinating still life fresco emerged, shedding light on the roots of one of the world’s most beloved dishes: pizza!
Though it may resemble a pizza at first glance, this 2000-year-old Pompeian painting is missing some iconic ingredients like tomatoes and mozzarella. However, a meticulous iconographic analysis suggests that what graced the walls of an ancient Pompeian house could be a distant ancestor of our modern favorite. No wonder it earned the prestigious status of a World Heritage element in 2017, recognized as the “traditional art of the Neapolitan pizza chef.”
According to the archaeologists at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, the fresco showcases a fascinating scene. Beside a gleaming wine cup on a silver tray, lies a delectable flat focaccia acting as a base for an assortment of fruits, including pomegranates and possibly dates. Vibrant yellow and ochre dots hint at the presence of spices or even a pesto-like sauce (known as “moretum” in Latin) that adds a tantalizing flavor to the dish.
And that’s not all! The tray also holds a delightful combination of dried fruits and a garland of golden strawberry trees, beautifully complementing the dates and pomegranates.
As we unravel the culinary wonders of ancient Pompeii, let’s celebrate the heritage that connects us across millennia. Join us in appreciating the rich history of our beloved dishes and the incredible artistry of those who came before us. #PompeiiExcavations#CulinaryHeritage#AncientFlavors#PizzaAncestors#WorldHeritage#FoodHistory#pompei#guidedtours#UnforgettableJourney