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Somehow it’s late June. I have no idea how that happened. Maybe it has something to do with high season being in full swing and having an absolute blast doing what I love most (after eating pizza of course): showing visitors around my adopted city. Recently, I have been changing things up a bit. Rather than only offering private tours, I have begun providing affordable group itineraries to two archeological sites I love, both of which are normally closed to the public: Monte di Testaccio (aka Monte dei Cocci) and the Circus Maximus Mithraeum.

Monte di Testaccio is a man-made hill composed of tens of millions of ancient terra cotta amphorae. The hill is a fascinating trash heap which testifies to the Roman appetite for imported oil during the Empire. The next visits to the 135-foot-tall pile of ancient olive oil jugs will be held July 8 from 11:00am-12:30pm and July 19 from 4:30-6:00pm.

The Circus Maximus Mithraeum, a cavernous underground ruin dedicated to the god Mithras, dates back to the early Imperial period and preserves ancient reliefs. I’ll be leading tours of that site July 10 and 16, both from 9:30-11:30am. Booking for all visits is essential and can be done via Eventbrite.

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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. UPDATE: The Razza event is sold out!

Eventbrite - Razza Pizza Party: Local Food & Drink in Jersey City

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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Photo: Ruth Lo.

On Tuesday May 12, the American Academy in Rome will host an interdisciplinary conference organized by fellow Ruth Lo on the history of covered markets and their reuse. Starting in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, cities across Italy began to construct covered markets to modernize the food (more…)

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Join me and the team from Philly’s Rome-inspired restaurant Amis for a very special dinner on February 18. Chefs Brad Spence, Ned Maddock and the crew are butchering a whole lamb for the feast and beverage director Steve Wildy will be pouring amazing beer, wine and liquors from Lazio. I’ll be curating the meal and walking guests through the cultural history of lamb in Rome. Here’s what we’ll be serving:

Cazzimperio
Carrots, radish, celery, fennel, cauliflower with olive oil salt and pepper

Cervelli fritti
Breaded and fried lamb brains with lemon

Abbacchio allo Scottadito
Suckling lamb chops fried on the plancha

Crostini d’abbacchio
Lamb kababs with sage and pancetta on toast

Lamb sausage spedini

Tonnarelli with lamb livers and tomato sauce

Fettuccine with braised leg ragu

Agnello brodettato
Lamb stew with egg and lemon

Ricotta, pine nut and bitter choc tart

Citrus sorbetto with RSFP biscotti

Dinner starts at 6:30PM and costs $65 plus tax and gratuity. The optional beverage pairing is $30. Reservations are essential. To book, call 215-732-2647.

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Congrats to Marco P, Suzanne Z, and Karen B, winners of this week’s special book giveaway. I’ll be giving away copies of Talia Baiocchi’s new book, Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes next month, but the offer is exclusively for newsletter subscribers. Be sure to sign up below:



And if you want to snag Brooks’ fantastic book, you can find it here on Amazon…it also makes a great gift:)