Historical story

Insects at the table

A woman from Ancient Rome brings food to the table (detail of a fresco)

The ancient Romans, even though they often and willingly denigrated those of other populations with whom they came into contact, also had particular tastes (for us) in terms of food (https://www.pilloledistoria.it/6340/storia-antica/cucina-dellantica-roma-carne-ghiro).

According to what was reported by Pliny the Elder , in Rome even insects were brought to the table, enjoying general appreciation.

It seems that the most popular of all was the cossus, name used to indicate a armored larva , often served “in very delicate dishes” .

According to the writer and historian it was a real delicacy.