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With a city nicknamed Caput Mundi—Capital of the World—it’s only natural that Romans are accustomed to seeing their home as unrivaled in matters of history, culture, and food. And while it’s true that traditional local cuisine holds a sacred place at the table, the Rome is hardly impervious to change. The city’s (more…)
In Rome, eating gelato is a year-round ritual, but since the temperatures have soared recently, I thought it was high time to update my annual gelato guide. There’s a bit of breaking news to report: Fatamorgana’s Prati location moved from Via Bettolo to Via Leone IV last week, so now it’s even closer to the Vatican walls. Ermanno di Pomponio has left Neve di Latte, while Carapina in central Rome raised the price of a small cup to €3.00, making it one of the priciest scoops in town, but worth every euro-cent. Al Settimo Gelo has expanded its offerings to buffalo’s milk gelato, which it makes for MozzaRe in Trastevere (peep the royally cheesy website). The pistachio will change your life.
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For more on gelato in Rome, check out this handy Google map pinpointing the best of the best or download my app or ebook for a portable version that works offline. And if low-tech gelato hunts are more your speed, be sure to brush up on how to judge gelato in 7 easy steps and these tips for finding natural gelato in Rome.
Photo from Rachel Eats.
I know a few exceptional food writers. You know, the type who can effortlessly convey the aromas and flavors of her kitchen, flawlessly capture the relationships forged at the market, or earnestly document a familiar food culture in an utterly entrancing way. I know a few such people and one of them lives in Rome. Her name is Rachel Roddy and her cookbook comes out to day. You need to buy that book. Buy it for yourself and then buy it for every cook and traveler you know.
Rachel is a British food writer, blogger, home cook, and photographer. She grew up north of London surrounded by the books of Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson, a fact that shows through in her own honest, exquisite writing. A decade ago, she came to Rome and settled in Testaccio, a district in central Rome that is geographically isolated from its neighbors, engendering a completely unique atmosphere and distinct culture, one that Rachel is immersed in has illustrated beautifully with the recipes, images, and stories on her blog Rachel Eats. The book, Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome, is a love letter to Testaccio, to Roman food, and to the simple, ordinary experiences that define life guided through food.
Now go buy this book and find a place for it beside titles by Jane Grigson, Elizabeth David, and Claudia Roden. It will soon be as well used and deeply loved as any of those.
If you have eaten at a Roman restaurant at any point in the past 10 years, you have probably asked yourself what the hell people are talking about when they bang on about locals eating small portions. Pasta servings have been growing steadily since the arrival of the euro, when purse strings began to tighten and dining patterns began their slow and likely irreversible change. Back in the day (more…)
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!
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!
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.
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.