The small room (cella) off the kitchen is a combination scullery and pantry. On a farm this size, there are many mouths to feed, and the kitchen is always busy. Having another area to store the provisions, wash the dishes, peel the vegetables, and do the other kitchen chores is essential. Large, half-buried jars (dolia defossa) store a variety of foodstuffs, and built-in shelves house the plates, platters, bowls, and other dishes. You may take a peek inside, but please close up when you leave.
Here is some information about the preparation and preservation of food:
Some of the preceding information comes from Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome, written by Lesley Adkins and Roy A. Adkins and published in1994 by The Oxford University Press (New York).