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View of a fresco mounted on the wall of a Fast Food establishment (thermopolium, popina, taberna) at Ostia. Note the containers and the agricultural produce of this fine "painting." This building was constructed in A.D. 125.
Thermopolia were small cook–shops where hot and cold food was sold. They were used primarily by the lower classes as the elites would dine in the luxurious surroundings of their own homes. The houses of lower classes of people rarely had kitchens, thus they would eat at an establishment such as this, or they would "carry out" the food to take back home. These thermopolia were situated street side on the ground floor of apartment buildings and even elite houses.