It’s official! The first Parla Food Dining Guide is online. I have taken my favorite restaurants, pizzerias, bakeries, wine bars, and specialty food shops in Rome and created a simple set of listings for them in both English and Italian. Because Parla Food Dining Guides is an HTML5 app (is that even the right term?! I don’t get technology), you do not need an iPhone to use it. You should (hypothetically) be able to view it from any smartphone browser, or even use it on your iPad or home computer. As far as I can tell, the only prerequisite is an active internet connection. Please correct me if I’m wrong!!
Enter guide.parlafood.com into your iPhone, smartphone, or computer browser. If you are an iPhone user, you will be prompted to add Parla Food to your home screen (see above). Other users can simply bookmark the front page.
Choosing a language
The default front page is in English but you may change the language to Italian by pushing the *Italian icon in the upper right hand corner (see above). If you wish for the home screen to be in Italian when you open the app, choose *Italian first, then add ParlaFood to your home screen.
Choosing a City
At the moment, Rome is the only city guide that is fully operational. Istanbul and London will follow shortly. Choose Rome and you will be taken to the next screen (see above).
You are now on the categories page. The header allows you to browse top picks, suggested itineraries, and an about me page. The “Suggestions” menu lists categories like Restaurants, Gelato Shops, and Pizzerias. Selecting a category will take you to a page with listings relevant to that category (see below). Selecting listing will take you to a dedicated listings page.
Example: If you select “Organic products” you will be taken to the screen shown on the left below. You can then select a listing which leads to a page with the name, address, phone number, website, and other information relevant to the listing.
Let me know what you think and if you encounter any problems using the dining guide. I know it’s not perfect, but it should do the trick until my fancy smancy native app is released this summer. Enjoy!