11 02, 2013

Hortus Urbis, Urban Gardening in Rome

February 11th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio|4 Comments

Not so long ago, much of Rome was populated by sheep and their keepers. Animals grazed in and around the centro storico and Romans tilled the land that today is occupied by mid-late 20th century urban sprawl. It would be an understatement to say the city has lost its connection to nature, but some are [...]

8 02, 2013

Where to Buy and Drink Natural Wines in Rome

February 8th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|8 Comments

View Natural Wines in Rome in a larger map In honor of this weekend’s natural wine fair in Rome, I submit to you my favorite places in the Italian capital to buy and drink natural wines. Rome isn’t known for its wine culture. Indeed, most of its residents and visitors were content to imbibe undrinkable [...]

7 02, 2013

Toast to a (Possible) Blizzard with Italian Craft Beer

February 7th, 2013|Categories: Beer, Food & Wine, Katie Parla Events, New York City, Wine & Spirits|5 Comments

What better way to beat the elements than with exceptional beverages? Beer drinkers, listen up! I am hosting a casual tasting in NYC on Saturday February 9. From 3-5pm, I will be pouring great beers from my favorite producers, including LoverBeer, Birrificio Montegioco and Birrificio Barley. Forget that […]

4 02, 2013

Oh My God Italy is, Like, So Perfect

February 4th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine|19 Comments

Girlfriend in a Coma – Official Trailer from Annalisa Piras on Vimeo. The title of this blog post is only accurate if your head is buried in the sand. Italy is a lovely place to visit, but you’d have to be oblivious, wealthy, corrupt, an optimist or a masochist to live here without totally losing [...]

2 02, 2013

Colline Emiliane, Italian Regional Cuisine in Rome

February 2nd, 2013|Categories: Food & Wine, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |5 Comments

You know all those places in Rome that people write nice things about in magazines? Then it turns out the author has never actually been to the venue, is on the take or doesn’t have the slightest clue what good food is supposed to taste like (or all of the above). You’ve wasted your precious [...]