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1 01, 2017

Trattoria Al Moro Serves Roman Classics Near the Trevi Fountain

January 1st, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |0 Comments

In most cases, a Roman menu featuring over a hundred items is a big old bandiera rossa signaling you've landed in a tourist trap. Trattoria menus in particular tend to be focused, featuring a handful of local dishes under each heading, often reflecting the season or the day of the week (giovedì gnocchi, venerdì pesce, [...]

27 04, 2016

Where to Eat, Drink & Shop for Books in North America

April 27th, 2016|Categories: America, California, City Guides, Cocktails, Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Meat, New Haven, New Orleans, New York City, Pizza, Pork, Restaurants, Sweets & Dessert, Travel, Wine & Spirits|2 Comments

One of the many perks of a 22-city book tour includes never being hungry. As I criss-cross the United States and Canada, I get to explore all sorts of incredible regional North American cuisine, cocktails, and craft brewing. Aside from a few sad airport breakfasts, I have been loving the food on the road and [...]

17 04, 2016

Try Pizzarelle, Rome’s Fried Matzo Fritters, For Passover

April 17th, 2016|Categories: Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert|1 Comment

A few days a year, Boccione "Il Forno del Ghetto," the generations-old kosher bakery on Via Portico d'Ottavia, sells pizzarelle. The bakers make them only during Passover, and due to restrictions on working, the bakery is closed during most of the holiday. If you time it right, this highly seasonal specialty can be yours. Otherwise, [...]

10 02, 2016

Rome’s Essential Dishes

February 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Markets, Meat, Offal, Pizza, Pork, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Rome Dining Advice, Sweets & Dessert|5 Comments

Whether you're in Rome for 24 hours or 24 years, it's essential to know exactly what to order. There may not be anything spontaneous or whimsical about planning exactly what you're going to eat in advance, but trust me what I tell you it is a critical feature of eating well in the Italian capital. [...]

27 02, 2015

Rome’s Jewish Ghetto

February 27th, 2015|Categories: Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Travel|10 Comments

As far back as the 2nd century B.C.E., Jews have made their home in Rome and represent the oldest Jewish community in the world outside Israel. What we recognize today as Roman Jewish cooking is fruit of universal Jewish dietary guidelines and, perhaps most importantly, the community’s forced isolation into a gated ghetto for 300 [...]

19 11, 2014

Mordi e Vai in the Testaccio Market

November 19th, 2014|Categories: Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Markets, Meat, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio, Rome on a Budget|Tags: |7 Comments

Sergio Esposito preparing a panino all’allesso. When the new Mercato di Testaccio opened in July 2012, vendors and shoppers did not universally rejoice. Higher rents, a less convenient location, a sterile atmosphere and a competing weekend farmers’ market nearby were among the complaints. But in the two and a half years since the structure’s inauguration, [...]

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