8 12, 2016

Italian Gift Guide For the Holidays…Or Any Time!

December 8th, 2016|Categories: America, Carbs, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Meat, Wine & Spirits|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

For years, when I visited the States for the holidays (or anytime, really) I would stress the seams of my luggage by overstuffing it with Pecorino Romano, Gragnano pasta, panettoni, horse jerky, whole guanciali. You know, the usual. A run-in with the USDA put an end to my meat deliveries—I still don't have a horse [...]

7 12, 2016

Where to Eat in Rome During the Holidays

December 7th, 2016|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Rome & Lazio|49 Comments

UPDATED FOR 2016/2017! There is a widely held misconception that during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Rome’s restaurants shut down and people who don’t have the luxury of eating at home are left to scavenge for food […]

6 12, 2016

Celebrate the Holidays with Birre di Natale, Italian Christmas Beers

December 6th, 2016|Categories: Beer, Carbs, Rome & Lazio|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Italians traditionally celebrate Christmas with festive family feasts during which wine flows freely. But an increasing number of drinkers are turning to beer, as opposed to the classic vino, to pair with their yuletide spreads. Many of Italy’s hundreds of craft breweries make seasonal beers—and even spirits—for the holidays, drawing on local ingredients and Northern [...]

5 12, 2016

Settimio al Pellegrino, A Roman Relic

December 5th, 2016|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |5 Comments

Note: On Sunday December 5, CNN broadcast a stunning Rome episode of Parts Unknown in which Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento go to a trattoria, which they do not name. It's Settimio. Sorry for the spoiler but I don't believe in depriving Mario and Teresa of business through exclusion :) Watch the episode it is [...]

1 12, 2016

Signed Copies of Tasting Rome

December 1st, 2016|Categories: Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio, Travel|0 Comments

This year, give the gift of carbonara with a signed copy of Tasting Rome. If the recipient is a US resident, I would love to personalize a book for you. Just drop me a line for info and I'll write a special dedication and mail the book to your preferred address. Rome There are currently [...]

30 11, 2016

La Punta Serves Mexico-Inspired Food and Drinks in Trastevere

November 30th, 2016|Categories: Cocktails, Food & Wine, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|Tags: |0 Comments

When it opened in mid-September, La Punta Expendio de Agave instantly became my go-to spot for aperitivo. Mind you, the recently inaugurated Mexico-inspired bar and restaurant doesn't serve the type of aperitivo that its neighbors in Trastevere sling to attract budget conscious and flavor neutral patrons (ie, troughs of under-seasoned room temperature carbs with a [...]

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