/Culture
8 12, 2016

Italian Gift Guide For the Holidays…Or Any Time!

2017-02-17T15:14:44+01:00December 8th, 2016|Categories: America, Carbs, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Meat, Wine & Spirits|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

For years, when I visited the States for the holidays (or anytime, really) I would stress the seams of my luggage by overstuffing it with Pecorino Romano, Gragnano pasta, panettoni, horse jerky, whole guanciali. You know, the usual. A run-in with the USDA put an end to my meat deliveries—I still don't have a horse [...]

6 10, 2016

Where to Eat and Shop in Rome’s Esquilino District

2017-02-17T15:14:46+01:00October 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 [...]

3 10, 2016

Roman Jewish Culinary Traditions on Rosh Hashanah

2017-02-17T15:14:47+01:00October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Rome & Lazio|2 Comments

Pomegranates are traditionally eaten on the second night of Rosh Hashanah. Rome has one of the world's most ancient Jewish communities--the first Jews arrived during the Republican age around the year 161 BCE. This historic community, whose descendants live in Rome to this day, has rites, traditions, history, and a dialect that are unique in [...]

29 09, 2016

Pergamino Caffè, Third Wave Coffee in Rome

2017-02-17T15:14:47+01:00September 29th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |8 Comments

Wherever you go in Rome--or Italy for that matter--a cheap coffee made with beans of anonymous provenance and dubious quality is never far away. Ubiquitous espresso-based drinks are so popular because, aside from the cultural tradition and obvious addictive nature of caffeinated beverages, they are quick and cheap. They offer a morning pick-me-up or a [...]

8 08, 2016

Where to Eat in Puglia

2017-02-17T15:14:49+01:00August 8th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Fish, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Puglia, Restaurants, Travel|8 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), [...]

11 04, 2016

Rome Easter Dining 2017 Edition

2017-04-13T09:58:38+02:00April 11th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|32 Comments

UPDATED FOR 2017! Pasqua (Easter Sunday) and Pasquetta (Easter Monday) are just around the corner. I can almost smell the whole lamb roasting away in the oven. If you are visiting Rome during Easter and aren't able to partake in the traditional Easter lamb feast in someone's home, don't fret! There are some delicious places [...]