Rome has many options for food, ranging from traditional to international cuisine – there are hundreds of restaurants inclusing pizzerie, haute cuisine, trattorie (informal italian eatery), seafood, and wine bars. Roman foods are not overly elaborate but are rich in flavor. Typical meals are based on fresh vegetables (artichoke being one of the most popular), meats used are usually the innards rather than expensive cuts, and the staple for most are the pastas. Most appetizers are deep fried. There are also traditional desserts that are tied to festivities, many of which are based on ricotta cheese.