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Competition among Naples’ historic pizzerias is fierce and for decades, institutions have reigned, attracting loyal admirers with their cheap pies and no frills atmosphere. But recently, the preeminence of the city’s long established pizza joints is being challenged by a new crop of pizzerias seeking to transform the humble native dish into a gourmet product crafted with top notch ingredients. I traveled to Naples for the NYT to explore the city’s new school pizzeria 50 Kalò, where tradition and inovation dwell in delicious harmony. The whole story is online and in this weekend’s paper.

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I often joke that I eat all the bad food in Rome and Istanbul so readers don’t have to. But I’m losing my sense of humor after an unfortunate streak of disappointing restaurant meals in both Old and New Rome this year. After a serious letdown, I am always in desperate need of a spectacular experience to restore my (more…)

The latest installment of my YouTube series “Katie Parla’s Rome” visits the ancient cattle market, the banks of the Tiber River and the Circus Maximus. Join me for a stroll through Rome’s ancient food spaces for a peek at the city’s archeology viewed through a culinary lens. If you’re up for more than a bit of armchair traveling, we can visit these and other ancient food destinations together on my tour “Food & Archeology: Trade, Traffic and Enterprise From Antiquity to Today”. More details on my tours page.

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Papa Parla eating pizza* while driving down Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn. It’s a Parla tradition.

Living so far from New Jersey has fewer benefits that I had originally predicted as a teenager. When I left home for college in 1998, I could’t escape fast enough. But as I have matured, I have become increasingly enamored of the Garden State. There are many things about my native land that I hold dear: tax free shopping (more…)

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On July 19, Mazzo in Centocelle will host a Gin&Tonic Parlour, a night dedicated to G&Ts paired with small plates. From 6-11pm, Mazzo’s staff will pair 4 different gin & tonics with food. Each drink and snack combo costs €10; individual plates will be priced at €3. Personally, I’m a brown liquor kinda gal (more…)