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I am super excited to announce some upcoming summer events! On July 22, I will be hosting a pizza party at Razza in Jersey City, NJ with Dan Richer, baker extraordinaire. We will be serving Dan’s famous bread and butter, pizzas, and farm fresh salads alongside some stellar artisanal beers. We are going to let the season decide the menu based on what is available that week from Jersey’s own Ralston Farm. Stay tuned for booking details.

On August 4, I will be hosting a craft beer and pizza event at the amazing Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, CO. It will be my first visit to The Centennial State and I cannot wait to check out Boulder’s excellent food and drinks scene and share some of my favorite beers with Pizzeria Locale’s staff and clientele!

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Back in Rome, I am offering special visits on June 4 to two sites normally closed to the public. The first, which will begin at 1:30pm, is to the Circus Maximus Mithraeum, a religious sanctuary buried 30 feet underground. The cavernous ruin, which was dedicated to the god Mithras, dates back to the early Imperial period and preserves ancient reliefs.

Eventbrite - Circus Maximus Mithraeum Special Visit

At 3:00pm on June 4, I will lead a special visit to the Tomb of the Scipios, one of the most important Republican era funeral sites. Located in a prestigious ancient cemetery, the Tomb of the Scipios was the final resting place of war heroes and generals, including Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus (you may have seen his sarcophagus in the Vatican Museums), not to mention the poet Ennius.

Please note that places are limited and bookings to each site are sold separately.

Eventbrite - Tomb of the Scipios Special Visit

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Join me for exclusive visits to Monte Testaccio, an archeological site that is generally closed to the public. Composed of fragments of tens of millions of ancient terracotta amphorae, the site is a fascinating trash heap which testifies to the Roman appetite for imported oils during the Empire. We will begin our visit with some background of Testaccio, an area that was a hub of commercial activity in antiquity and during the industrial revolution and still clings to those traditions as the area becomes ever more gentrified. We will explore the concepts of ancient commerce and modern industrialization as we hike up to the top of Monte Testaccio for views over the old slaughterhouse, the Testaccio district and Ostiense’s industrial ruins.

Dates: May 26, 9:30am; June 9, 9:30am; July 8, 11:00am; July 19, 4:30pm.

Meeting point: Bar il Seme e La Foglia, Via Galvani 18 (Map).

Duration: The guided tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.

NB: Booking is obligatory and fees include a guided tour and admission fees. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera!

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Easter Sunday and Monday, April 5 and 6, are just around the corner. I can almost smell the whole lamb roasting away in the oven. If you are visiting Rome during Easter and aren’t able to partake in the traditional Easter lamb feast in someone’s home, don’t fret! There are some delicious places that will be open on Easter Sunday as well as Easter Monday, which is also a holiday. Tables are in high demand so be sure to make your dining arrangements ASAP. Here’s where to eat: (more…)


Fresco of Moses and the Exodus, from the Dura Europos synagogue. Photo © Richard Beck.

This year, Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 3 and ends the evening of Saturday, April 11. Bear in mind that first two days of Passover (from sundown of April 3 until nightfall two days later) are full-fledged, no-work-allowed holidays. The subsequent four days are Chol Hamoed, when work is allowed, albeit with restrictions. Chol Hamoed is followed by another two full no-work-allowed days. Expect many Jewish businesses to be closed for most of Pesach 5775. (more…)

cesare bergamini eel fisherman

Cesare and Alfredo Bergamini have been fishing for eels in the Tiber since 1947. Now 74 and 77, respectively, the brothers learned the profession from their grandfather. In post-war Rome, they shared the water with other eel fishermen–and a great deal more eels. But falling eel stock caused by pollution coupled with spiraling profitability due to collapsed demand has driven others away from the trade. (more…)