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 [...]

5 10, 2016

Mercato Centrale Roma Opens at Stazione Termini

October 5th, 2016|Categories: Food & Wine, Markets, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio, Travel|0 Comments

Mercato Centrale Roma opens at 6:00pm today in Stazione Termini, the city's main train terminal. The new venture by Florentine businessman Umberto Montano, which is modeled on the Mercato Centrale in Florence, will be open daily from 7:00am until midnight and will host branded stalls, a shopping area, a cafe, a wine bar, and a [...]

18 09, 2016

Where to Eat and Drink in Modena, Italy

September 18th, 2016|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was deep into a much-needed holiday when I got literally the only job proposal that could distract me from days dedicated to nurturing an intense and gorgeous tan (my fellow Italian American New Jerseyans will understand the supreme importance of this summertime pursuit). The pitch: come to Modena for 10 days [...]

21 08, 2016

Please Vote For Me For Saveur Blog Award

August 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Rome & Lazio, Travel|4 Comments

I am excited to announce that my blog has been nominated for a Saveur Blog Award! I am so grateful to all who nominated me and would be boundlessly appreciative if you took a moment to cast your vote for Parla Food in the Eat the World category. I'm up there with a lot of [...]

17 08, 2016

Back in Bozcaada, Turkey

August 17th, 2016|Categories: Food & Wine, Travel, Turkish Cuisine, Wine & Spirits|3 Comments

It's been a minute since I last visited Bozcaada, the Greek-turned-Turkish island just southwest of the Dardanelles. It's a longer trip from Istanbul than I remember: 8.5 long hours on an overnight bus that trims the Sea of Marmara, arching counterclockwise from Istanbul's Alibeyköy depot, followed by a lay-over at the Geyikli port before the [...]

8 08, 2016

Where to Eat in Puglia

August 8th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Fish, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Puglia, Restaurants, Travel|6 Comments

Puglia is one of my favorite Italian regions for deep food immersion and it would be a shame to squander even a single culinary opportunity, so don't cringe when I tell you: eat pezzetti and involtini di cavallu. Both are braised horse. Just do it. While on the quest for Puglia's treats (equine and otherwise), [...]