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Craft beer lovers of the Tri-State Area: come hang out with me in Philly August 8 and drink some Italian craft brews at Alla Spina! We’ll be pouring some fun beers and serving Rome-inspired snacks from 4:30-7pm. Entry is free–just pay as you go–and no reservations necessary!

Pizzeria Locale

I love craft beer. Boulder loves craft beer. By the transitive property, I love Boulder and I can’t wait to share some of my favorite Italian craft brews at Pizzeria Locale in that amazing city. The incredible staff will be whipping up fantastic foods to pair with hard-to-find beers from LoverBeer, Birra del Borgo, Montegioco, and others! The cost (excluding tax and gratuities) is $25 for a Rome-inspired street food menu, plus $38 for the optional Italian craft beer flight. Come on down and hang out August 4. For bookings, contact +1 303-442-3003.

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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…)