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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…)

The latest installment of my web series, “Katie Parla’s Rome” visits Testaccio’s former slaughterhouse, which has been transformed into contemporary art spaces and organic marketplaces. Check out this and other videos on my YouTube Channel.

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In these last days of summer, I have had an insatiable thirst for the light and (somewhat) local aperitif Vermouth del Professore. Though this sweet white vermouth is made in Piedmont–at the Antica Distelleria Quaglia in Castelnuovo Don Bosco to be precise–the idea was conceived in Rome by The Jerry Thomas Project, the city’s premier cocktail bar and a major promoter of historic liquors.

Named for the iconic bartender and cocktail pioneer Jerry Thomas, aka “The Professor”, Vermouth del Professore is made from a moscato-based wine from the Langhe, which is fortified with alcohol and aromatized with more than a dozen herbs and spices. The result is a golden-amber vermouth with distinct aromas and flavors, ranging from honey and camomile to gentian and wormwood.

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While it can certainly be introduced into cocktails, sipping Vermouth del Professore on ice favors its complexity and accentuates its carefully crafted recipe. It is currently available in Rome‘s finer cocktail venues. I have also spotted it in Paris, London and NYC. Vermouth del Professore “Rosso all’uso di Torino”, which is subjected to extensive barrel aging is on the verge of release, so until it works its way onto bar menus around the world, look for it at Rome’s The Jerry Thomas Project, which reopens Thursday after a long summer closure.

Pizzeria Ostiense

It seems like every block of Rome’s Ostiense district has had at least one new opening in 2014. Not all of them are worthwhile. Anzi. But very much worth checking out is Pizzeria Ostiense, which opened in April, and serves paper thin, super crisp, wood-fired pizzas. The owners are Da Remo alumni and when they migrated (more…)

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Trastevere was once a haven of cheap, delectable, no-frills dining, but in recent years, the district has become a bastion of tourist traps in which cheesy checked tablecloths and aggressive touts are far more numerous than great meals. This district, which lies on the Tiber River’s left bank, opposite the Centro Storico, is undeniably (more…)