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Il Bananito, Fast Food and Juice in Rome


I can’t eat the tasting menu at Glass or a heap of burrata at Roscioli every day. As much as I love both, I wouldn’t want to. I love simple, cheap fast food*, too. And Rome has plenty of it. The Esquiline district, in particular, is crowded with international food destinations, which are meant to be quick and accessible spots for satisfying and (often) caloric sustenance.

I recently visited on such place, Il Bananito, with my friends Irene and Luis, my local ethnic food gurus. Il Bananito serves Colombian and Peruvian fast food and juices in a small storefront near Porta Maggiore (at on via di Porta Maggiore 39 to be precise).

We got a couple of tamales and a fried potato filled with meat and olives. Washed down with a mango juice, the meal was a bit heavy. A freshly fried array would have been sublime, but these reheated treats hit the spot, or at least filled a void.

*I’m talking pizza by the slice and international street food, not McDonald’s, which is offensive.


  1. sarah may June 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I love tamales. Now if only Rome had some real and good mexican street food. sigh

  2. geoff June 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Hey Katie, just in case you’re hungering for Thai and in the Trastevere area – STAY AWAY from the newly opened thai joint in the same store front as shishaekebab. It’s not just the worst thai food I’ve ever had, but possible the worst food I’ve ever paid for.

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