A complete fast-food shop at the ancient Italian city of Pompeii has been excavated. The discovery helps reveal dishes that were popular for citizens of the city who archaeologists say enjoyed eating out. Pictures of it were released on December 26th 2020 by the Pompeii Press Office. The shop, with its bright frescoes and earthenware jars is to open to the public this year.
Pompeii was destroyed in 79 A.D. by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The site is one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions. Around a third of the ancient city has not yet been uncovered and finds from the site continue to emerge.
The paintings on the counter are believed to have served as a menu. A fresco depicting two ducks and a rooster shows chicken and duck may have been available to customers. Traces of pork, fish, snails and beef were also discovered in jars and other containers. The findings offer insights into ancient eating habits.“This is an extraordinary find […] it’s the first time we are excavating an entire thermopolium,” said an expert.