Calves intestine dish back on Roman menus

The popular dish pajata, which is made from the milk-filled intestines of veal calves, is back on the menu in Rome after a 14-year ban prompted by fears of mad cow disease was lifted.

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Rome skyline. Image by Bert Kaufmann / CC BY-SA 2.0

The traditional dish is served either grilled or in tomato sauce with rigatoni pasta, and during cooking the milk inside the calves’ intestines reacts with enzymes to produce a creamy, ricotta-like cheese. Aficionados and adventurous tourists will now be able to order it once again at trattorias across the Italian capital. Read more:

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