We could easily compare this with a ‘fast food restaurant’ where busy people could get a hot meal and drinks.
The structure is pretty straightforward in its simple style. There’s a stand on the street where cauldron type pans were walled into the stand to keep the food warm. There was an adjacent room where customers would eat their food. A good 89 of these places were found in Pompeii.
The Caupona Of Aseillina
On Via dell’Abbondanza, we can find Aseillina’s restaurant. This place was usually a busy one for middle lower classes. On the ground floor customers would eat and drink pretty poor quality meal meanwhile on the upper floor prostitutes would entertain their clients. Prostitutes popularity was well known, as they used to sign electoral advertisements for candidates of Pompeii..
Thermopolium Of Vetutius Placidus
We are still going along Via dell’Abbondanza, when we come across one the best preserved affrescos found in the digs, called the Larario affresco. Depicting where pagans worshipped their house gods.
In this place money was found, to be precise about 3 kilos of 680 sestarzi (money of that time) and probably the day’s takings. It belonged to Lucius Vetutius Placidus and gives us a clear idea of ‘house and shop’ .There is in fact an independent entry going into the barman’s house, showing a beautiful triclinio (dining room).