The owners Carla and Giovanni choose the name O’ffam an homage to the ancient origin of the meatball
POMPEII. The food experience in Pompeii now offers also the meatball, thanks to the idea of the meatball shop O’ffam, which has opened in via Bartolo Longo, 16, since the end of October. The tasty recipe has a very ancient origin, dating back to the ancient Roman cuisine. The meat was mixed with bread soaked with wine, piper, pine nuts and garum (fish sauce), and then the meatball was cooked in wine. The owners Carla and Giovanni choose the name O’ffam an homage to the ancient origin of the meatball; actually, offam is the Latin word for “bite, mouthful”.
During an evening of friends, at O’ffam customers may enjoy different kinds of ball,made of meat or fish, pasta or rice or in a veggie version, in a dish or in a juicysandwich. Also the sandwich version is an homage (sometimes ironical) to Pompeii and the ancient origin of the meatball. The emblematic sandwiches are the Macellum (pork meatballs with sauce and eggplant parmigiana), the Gladiatore (meatballs of pork from Cilento, provolone del Monaco cheese, caramelised onion and fried potatoes) and the Apollo (chicken meatballs, provola cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes).