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 [...]

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. [...]

3 06, 2014

Go Immediately to Litro in Monteverde

June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Food & Wine, Pork, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|Tags: |4 Comments

Update: Litro is now closed Sundays and open Mondays. So now Sundays are the worst. Mondays are the worst. I didn’t always feel this way. My recent distaste for the first day of the work week is born out of an obsession for Litro, a wine bar in Monteverde Vecchio, the posh residential district above Trastevere. Litro, you see, is the greatest place on earth and Tuesday through Sunday, the unbelievably […]

17 10, 2012

Rome on a Budget: Er Buchetto

October 17th, 2012|Categories: Food & Wine, Guest Post, Pork, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio, Rome on a Budget|Tags: |9 Comments

Hungry and on a budget. That’s what I was when I came to Rome as a student in 1999. But back then, my lira went a whole lot farther than today’s euro. With this in mind, Parla Food is launching a “Rome on a Budget” series with the help of two University of California interns, Adrienne Foley and Alston Wen. […]

23 07, 2012

Feasting in Poland

July 23rd, 2012|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Meat, Poland, Pork, Sweets & Dessert, Travel|3 Comments

I spend so much time here banging on about my southern Italian heritage that you may not know I’m a quarter Polish. My paternal grandmother’s family was from Warsaw and, while she made outstanding Italian-American food for Grandpa Parla, Grandma Zamoita also stuffed a mean pierogi and cooked […]

30 01, 2012

I Porchettoni to Open In Rome's San Lorenzo Quarter

January 30th, 2012|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Pork, Restaurants|6 Comments

Following the success of its Pigneto branch, I Porchettoni will soon open its doors in Rome's San Lorenzo neighborhood.