Who is Katie Parla?

Katie Parla is a Rome-based food and beverage educator, journalist, and cookbook author. Originally from New Jersey, she has an art history degree from Yale, a master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, a sommelier certificate from the Federazione Italiana Sommelier Albergatori Ristoratori, and an archeological speleology certification from the city of Rome.

Katie’s mission is to highlight great food and beverages, praise the people dedicated to feeding us well, and to get readers talking about what they are eating and drinking. She focuses special attention on Rome, where she lives, threats to local food culture, and critical reviews of restaurants and trends.

She has written and edited more than 20 books and her food criticism and travel writing have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Condé Nast Traveller UK, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, Lucky Peach, Corriere della Sera, Imbibe, Monocle, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Olive, AFAR, Punch, Wine Enthusiast, National Geographic Traveler, Eater, Delicious, Epicurious, Serious Eats, Food Republic, The Atlantic, Gather Journal, and The Sunday Times Magazine.

Katie is the author of the ebook “Eating & Drinking in Rome” (available for Kindle, Nook, and in PDF format) and the book National Geographic’s Walking Rome. Listen to her podcast Gola, co-hosted by Dr. Danielle Callegari, here.

Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes, Flour Lab: An At-Home Guide to Baking with Freshly Milled Grains, and American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Homemade Pasta are on sale now!


Some of Katie’s Favorite Articles Are Featured Below.