In Pompeii, 158 thermopolia with service counters have been identified throughout the town. They were concentrated along the main axis of the town and the public spaces where they were frequented by the locals.
In the thirteenth century, inns served varied food — bread, cheese, bacon, roasts, usually served at a common table. Parisians could buy what was essentially take-out food from rotisseurs, who prepared roasted meat dishes. and pastry-cooks, who could prepare meat pies and often more elaborate dishes. Municipal statutes stated that the official prices per item were to be posted at the entrance; this was the first official mention of menus.,
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