If you are shopping around Rome you will see “Made in Italy” labels everywhere. They fail to mention, however, that most likely the label on the item is the only thing that was actually made in Italy! If you want the real deal, without spending a fortune, look no further than Andrea of Essere Vento. He is … More Made in Italy – Really!
My friend and fellow Testaccina Rachel Roddy has written a lovely book highlighting her impressive culinary and writing skills with tales and recipes from her bustling kitchen in the Eternal City. My Kitchen in Rome, which has just been released in the United States after a huge success in the UK and Europe, is a … More “My Kitchen in Rome” by Rachel Roddy
Almost like clock-work, I meet our neighbor Giorgio every morning while he is walking his dog and I am on my way to the bar for a cappuccino. One day we were talking and he was telling me about a small town north of Rome where he and his wife spent their summer vacation last … More The Lovely Medieval Borgo of Farnese
Sunday is a day to slow down, relax, and enjoy your surroundings, and of course, eat some good food. Sunday is a perfect day to take a walk on Via dei Fori Imperiali (it is closed to traffic on Sunday), around the Colosseum, over to the Palatine, to the Circus Maximus. By now you will … More Weekend Market in Rome – Steps from the Circus Maximus
Pranzo Sociale – prezzo popolare. These four words are music to my ears. It is loosely translated as a cheap & delicious lunch. Popolare derives from the word popolo, which means people, in the sense of a community. Un pranzo sociale ad un prezzo popolare is not only a lunch, but an opportunity for members of the community to get together to … More Pranzo Sociale at La Casetta Rossa
Over the summer (yes, this is a long over-due post!), thanks to an offer that we could not refuse from Groupon, we headed to Lake Bolsena for a quick weekend out of Rome. Instead of the autostrada, we decided to take the slower, but more scenic Cassia out of Rome. Luckily we did not run into much traffic, and we … More Road trip to Bolsena
A couple of weeks ago we headed to the sea to escape one of the first of many hot weekends to come. We stopped in a well known pescheria in Fregene called Paparella. The shop is one big open refrigerator, and with this nice warm weather, the choice of delicious fish is abundant. We took … More Linguine con lupini e zucchine
Below are a few suggestions of different foods that you should try while in Rome. This is just the tip of the iceberg in a city with a deep and delicious food culture, but it is a start! 1. Pasta all’amatriciana – Typically served with bucatini (shown in photo below), a tomato sauce with guanciale (pig cheek) and pecorino cheese. 2. Pizza – This is … More What to eat when in Rome