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To celebrate the Italian release of Jim Lahey’s landmark book My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method (Pane Senza Impasto, Jim and I will be hosting a pizza and wine pairing event at Pizzeria Emma in central Rome. Jim will be preparing three pizzas, which will be preceded by Emma’s fantastic (more…)

Aperol Spritz

In a country as culturally diverse as Italy, where regional differences in language, cuisine and drinking practices remain distinct even 150 years after unification, naming a national aperitif would be borderline blasphemy. But as far as northern Italy goes, you could build a pretty strong case for the Aperol Spritz. In the (more…)

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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.

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On July 19, Mazzo in Centocelle will host a Gin&Tonic Parlour, a night dedicated to G&Ts paired with small plates. From 6-11pm, Mazzo’s staff will pair 4 different gin & tonics with food. Each drink and snack combo costs €10; individual plates will be priced at €3. Personally, I’m a brown liquor kinda gal (more…)


View Where I’ll be eating in August in a larger map

Visiting Rome in August used to mean eating badly or seldom, but things have changed in recent years (sadly due to the mounting economic crisis) and now gastronomic-minded visitors need not compromise. Some great restaurants in Rome will be open for the entire month, so whether you want Michelin-star worthy dining, the city’s best burrata, or some down-home (more…)