Olympic Games Nutrition in Rome 1960

The food supplied for the athletes at an Olympic Village needs to cater for a diversity of sports, cultures, ages and special dietary needs. The Rome Olympic Games in 1960 was ??. See more about Olympic Village nutrition and links to information about the food supplied at other Olympic Games.

1960 Rome Dining Halls

At the Rome Olympics in 1960, service in the Dining Hall was like that at a restaurant. Tables were set by waiters, who also put out glasses with water carafes and serviettes. Crockery and cutlery were collected once meals were finished.

There were ten restaurant pavilions, situated on both sides of the Viaduct of Corso Francia measuring 36 × 34 metres, constructed on supporting structures in cement with walls in tiles and large glass panes, covered with light metallic wire structure and corrugated iron; intentionally placed one against the other so as to allow the supply of provisions by the single entrance corridor for both restaurants. Each had a central kitchen, two canteen rooms, refrigerating plant at one end and hygienic installations at the other

American athletes enjoying a meal at a village dining room American athletes enjoying a meal at a village dining room
(from the Olympic Games Official Report Rome 1960)

The Plan

In order to satisfy the various food requirements of the different delegations, these were divided off into nine groups, according to racial and dietetical similarities and each group was assigned a separate restaurant. In addition, a " general menu " of dishes consisting of items of widely differing appeal was compiled to meet the needs of an international community, while each of the nine restaurants were provided with " special menus " containing more typical dishes of the countries in question.

The athletes engaged outside the Village at meal times could, on request, obtain picnic lunches which were available on the spot. Over three thousand picnic lunches were prepared during the entire period.

Source: The Games of the XVII Olympiad, Rome 1960 : the official report of the Organizing Committee Organizing Committee of the Games of the XVII Olympiad, volumes 1.

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