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In Italian, “accia” is a pejorative suffix used to denote something terrible or nasty. Think: “Today was a giornataccia (a bad day). I had yet another crap meal in Trastevere!” In the case of La Tavernaccia Da Bruno, the “accia” is hardly fitting. This friendly, family run trattoria isn’t some nasty tavern, as the name (more…)
A cynical Rome-based food writer once wrote of Campo de’ Fiori, central Rome’s most famous market, “Spend 10 minutes standing next to the statue of Giordano Bruno in the center of the square and analyze the tourist to local shopper ratio. No Rome resident has ever purchased limoncello that comes in a boot-shaped (more…)
I am so excited to be included in the annual Imbibe 75 Issue: The People, Places & Flavors Shaping the Drinks World! Pick up the Jan/Feb issue of Imbibe Magazine (on newsstands now) or follow this link for a peek. You can find my 24 hour guide to Rome online here.
Grossolana. The word has a ring to it in Italian that it could only dream of in its English incarnation (in which it translates as “coarse”). Say it with me: grossssssolana! Few words are so fun to say and I can’t help but think that this linguistic affection contributes to my love of ventricina del Vastese (more…)
UPDATED FOR 2014! There is a widely held misconception that during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Rome’s restaurants shut down and people who don’t have the luxury of eating at home are left to scavenge for food (more…)