29 01, 2014

Craft Beer Event at Alla Spina in Philly on February 17

2017-02-17T15:16:33+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Categories: America, Beer, Culture, Katie Parla Events, Travel, Wine & Spirits|3 Comments

On February 17 from 7-9:30PM, join me at Alla Spina in Philadelphia for a casual tasting dedicated to the world of Italian craft beer. I will be co-hosting the event with the Temple University Craft Beer Enthusiasts. I have chosen the menu to reflect the styles and brewers which best represent quality production in Italy. [...]

27 01, 2014

Istanbul’s “New Anatolian Cuisine”, Orange Gel and the Pursuit of Flavor

2017-02-17T15:16:34+00:00 January 27th, 2014|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Recipes, Turkish Cuisine|3 Comments

Photo by ┼×emsa Denizsel. There’s a lot of talk in Istanbul’s culinary circles lately about the “New Anatolian Cuisine”, an approach that distances itself from European ingredients and techniques while embracing and modernizing Anatolian regional cooking. A number of restaurants have opened or re-branded in the past year or so, devoting […]

15 01, 2014

Pepe in Grani and the Politics of Pizza

2017-02-17T15:16:34+00:00 January 15th, 2014|Categories: Carbs, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Naples & Campania, Pizza, Restaurants, Travel|21 Comments

Photo: Luciano Furia Pizza is never just pizza. There is history, culture and politics woven into its glutinous strands. And in Caiazzo, a once-declining village in Campania’s Alto Casertano sub-region 50 km from Naples, pizza is life. The deity in this analogy is Franco Pepe, a tall, lean vision in white widely recognized as Italy’s [...]

11 01, 2014

Where to Go in 2014: The Vatican

2017-02-17T15:16:35+00:00 January 11th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Rome & Lazio, Travel|2 Comments

Pick up this weekend's NYT for a look at the annual Where to Go list, which includes my contribution, the Vatican. In April, Papa Francesco will canonize JP2 and John XXIII and the Vatican is anticipating record pilgrim attendance. The only way to navigate the crowds is with a guide. I have officially retired from [...]

9 01, 2014

Pro Loco DOL in Rome’s Centocelle

2017-02-17T15:16:35+00:00 January 9th, 2014|Categories: Beer, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio, Rome on a Budget, Wine & Spirits|Tags: |2 Comments

The already very awesome Centocelle district in eastern Rome got even better in November when the much-loved and long-established Lazio-centric alimentari DOL (Di Origine Laziale) outgrew its original location and moved down the block. DOL, which specializes in products from the supremely under-appreciated […]

7 01, 2014

Mazzo, The Fooders in Centocelle

2017-02-17T15:16:35+00:00 January 7th, 2014|Categories: Food & Wine, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio, Rome on a Budget|Tags: |4 Comments

Over the past few years, the number of places in the center of Rome worthy of your time, taste buds and money have sadly dwindled. Armando al Pantheon, Roscioli (if you order properly), Enoteca Provincia Romana and a small handful of others are still on point, but diners in the know have long since abandoned [...]

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