July 24, 2024

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Fast-food eatery unearthed in ancient Roman city of Pompeii

Ancient Romans enjoyed the conveniences of food to go just like us, as evidenced by a newly excavated eatery unearthed in Pompeii.

And while it is not the first time fast food has been found, the discovery is unique because it’s the first time a hot-food-drink eatery has been discovered, said Pompeii Archaeological Park’s longtime chief Massimo Osanna, per Associated Press.

Archaeologists first dug up a portion of the counter in 2019, and worked since to uncover the remainder of the multi-side counter.

fast-food eatery in pompeii

Photo credit Luigi Spina/Parco Archeologico di Pompei via AP

The find has offered a unique glimpse into the fast-food tastes and habits of Pompeii residents.

The counter itself contained recesses for hot foods, similar to soup vessels contained in contemporary salad bars.

fast-food eatery in pompeii

Photo credit Luigi Spina/Parco Archeologico di Pompei via AP

Images painted on frescoes of the counter likely served as menus, advertising items like two upside down mallards and a rooster.

fast-food eatery in pompeii

Photo credit Luigi Spina/Parco Archeologico di Pompei via AP

Another image of a dog on a leash may have served as a reminder to patrons keep pets tied up.

Other items discovered also hint at the popular food tastes of the times.

Bone duck fragments, as well as remains of goats, pigs, fish and snails were found at the site, according to Pompeii staff anthropologist Valeria Amoretti.

Amoretti also said that the bottom of a wine container included traces of ground fava beans, which were added to wine in ancient times for flavor and to lighten its color.

fast-food eatery in pompeii

Photo credit Luigi Spina/Parco Archeologico di Pompei via AP

The food counter’s operations are also evident in items that include a bronze ladle, nine food containers, flasks and a ceramic oil container.

The counter’s owner must have been shrewd in selecting the site of the eatery  — right outside of the location was a small square with a fountain.

The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed in the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. Much of Pompeii still remains unexcavated to this day.

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