/Culture
16 09, 2017

Tasting Rome Talk at Google

September 16th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Offal, Rome & Lazio, Travel|0 Comments

Last month I spent a couple of weeks in the Bay Area for work, mostly to shoot my next cookbook with the very awesome photographer Ed Anderson and the super incredible food stylist George Dolese. Even though #UntitledSouthItalyCookbook is pretty much complete, the Tasting Rome tour continues! While I was out west, I was lucky [...]

12 12, 2016

Announcing the Untitled Southern Italy Cookbook

December 12th, 2016|Categories: Basilicata, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Travel|17 Comments

Il Vecchio Castagno in Serrastretta, Calabria It's been a very, very long year for many, many reasons, among them a very demanding and ambitious tour to promote Tasting Rome. I really wore myself out on the road and, while I did have the time of my life, I feel like I have aged [...]

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 [...]

6 10, 2016

Where to Eat and Shop in Rome’s Esquilino District

October 6th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Markets, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Rome Dining Advice, Rome on a Budget, Travel|1 Comment

The highly anticipated Mercato Centrale food hall (above) opened on a sketchy stretch of Via Giolitti on the southern side of Rome's Stazione Termini yesterday. The location, detached from the station's tracks and main concourse, will likely be the biggest obstacle the market faces. Termini is a real nightmare and no sane person enjoys sticking [...]

3 10, 2016

Roman Jewish Culinary Traditions on Rosh Hashanah

October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Rome & Lazio|2 Comments

Pomegranates are traditionally eaten on the second night of Rosh Hashanah. Rome has one of the world's most ancient Jewish communities--the first Jews arrived during the Republican age around 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 [...]

29 09, 2016

Pergamino Caffè, Third Wave Coffee in Rome

September 29th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |8 Comments

Wherever you go in Rome--or Italy for that matter--a cheap coffee made with beans of anonymous provenance and dubious quality is never far away. Ubiquitous espresso-based drinks are so popular because, aside from the cultural tradition and obvious addictive nature of caffeinated beverages, they are quick and cheap. They offer a morning pick-me-up or a [...]

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