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cesare bergamini eel fisherman

Cesare and Alfredo Bergamini have been fishing for eels in the Tiber since 1947. Now 74 and 77, respectively, the brothers learned the profession from their grandfather. In post-war Rome, they shared the water with other eel fishermen–and a great deal more eels. But falling eel stock caused by pollution coupled with spiraling profitability due to collapsed demand has driven others away from the trade. (more…)

Justin & Dillon
Justin and Dillon Naylor on their farm.

The latest Parla-Proust questionnaire features Justin Naylor, a former high school Latin teacher with whom I collaborated when he would bring his students to Rome from Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania. Justin recently resigned from his teaching gig to give his full attention to Old Tioga Farm, his farm and restaurant (more…)

One of my great joys in life is collaborating with other creative minds. Not so amazing, on the other hand, is facing the terrible internet trolls of the world. Bloggers and writers of all sorts can face criticism from readers. I think that’s a good thing! But when unhinged commenters force their crazy on you, even the most (more…)

meat-market-palermo

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.

pierluigi roscioli
Photo credit: Aromicreativi

This week, we hear from living legend Pierluigi Roscioli, a career baker who runs the family-owned Antico Forno Roscioli in Rome’s historical center. His pizza bianca rules my life and whether you try it on its own or filled with mortadella or figs and prosciutto, I guarantee it will rule your life, too. The pane di Lariano, a local (more…)