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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…)

lamb

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:)

jim + kp

To celebrate the Italian release of Jim Lahey’s landmark book My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method (Pane Senza Impasto, Jim and I will be hosting a pizza and wine pairing event at Pizzeria Emma in central Rome on November 6 at 7:30pm. Jim will be preparing three pizzas, which will be preceded by Emma’s fantastic (more…)

Farm Market

It’s been a whirlwind trip back to Jerz and, as usual, I ate entirely too much pizza (in the sense that I should have saved room for dumplings and other things I cannot find in Rome). Between slices, I did loads of work on Really Roman and a few other projects, but still found plenty of time to celebrate my home state (more…)