Pompeiian Fast Food

Pompeiian storefronts

Pompeiian storefronts

I’ve already written about the things that struck me about Pompeii already –  I was upset by the plaster casts of the victims, and was obsessed with the raised stone crosswalks.  One of the most evocative things about walking down the streets were the shop fronts, in particular the ones that served ‘fast food’.  Counters butted right up against the outside edge of the store, with built in amphorae that would have held various types of food.  There were even grooves along the floor at the front as if they had once had a sliding door like at a mall!

Bottega at Pompeii with serving jars and an oven

Bottega at Pompeii with serving jars and an oven

I loved seeing them.

In particular, I liked seeing the tourists crowded around these counters too.  I could easily imagine a similar situation when the shops were still in use, I think it would be eerily similar.  I can almost imagine the people in the photo below are jockeying for a cappuccino or a slice of pizza!

Tourists crowded around a bottega, Pompeii

Tourists crowded around a bottega, Pompeii

Modern pizza counter, Venice

Modern pizza counter, Venice

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