Browsing by Category: Jewish/Kosher


Pomegranates are traditionally eaten on the second night of Rosh Hashanah.

The first Jews arrived in Rome during the Republican age in the year 161 BCE. This historic community, whose descendants live in Rome to this day, has rites, traditions, history, and a dialect that are unique in the Jewish world. Today, visitors to Rome can tour the Jewish Museum (more…)


Photo from Il Mondo di Laura’s Facebook profile.

Recently, I launched a new type of post on ParlaFood, a weekly interview with a member of Italy’s gastronomic community who I feel embodies the principles and dedication to quality that Italian cuisine is known for. Last week I interviewed Mauro Musso (more…)

Il Mondo di Laura (Laura’s World) is a magical place where Kosher, dairy free cookies are made with organic, Slow Food recognized ingredients. I’ve been pretty obsessed with these delectable confections since they were introduced to me back in November 2009. At that time, (more…)


Photo courtesy of labna.it.

Check out my post for The Atlantic Food Channel about the often overlooked cuisine of Rome’s Libyan Jewish community. A special thanks to Labna.it for the use of their photos for the piece. (more on The Atlantic Food Channel…)

From 1555 until 1870 Rome’s Jews were confined to a Ghetto by Papal decree. Though the Ghetto no longer stands (its buildings were demolished after Italian unification), visitors to Rome still come to the area to visit the community’s main (more…)