Browsing by Category: Gastronomic Traditions

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Rome’s rapidly growing trend, “lo street food”, seems unstoppable. I’m not talking about food trucks, which really really don’t work or exist here the way the do in other cities, nor the ubiquitous pizza by the slice joints. I’m referring to a different approach to marketing food in which takeaways, cafes and restaurants (more…)

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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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It’s Meat Week over on Eater, a five day carnivorous celebration of flesh, blood and guts. While most of the coverage is Americentric, I asked some Italy-based chefs of note to share their strongest meat memories. Submissions range from cerebral (literally) to scary (at least for Franco). Eater has the low down. Read the full post here.