/Gastronomic Traditions
12 12, 2016

Announcing the Untitled Southern Italy Cookbook

2017-02-17T15:14:44+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: Basilicata, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Travel|17 Comments

Il Vecchio Castagno in Serrastretta, Calabria It's been a very, very long year for many, many reasons, among them a very demanding and ambitious tour to promote Tasting Rome. I really wore myself out on the road and, while I did have the time of my life, I feel like I have aged [...]

8 12, 2016

Italian Gift Guide For the Holidays…Or Any Time!

2017-02-17T15:14:44+00:00 December 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 [...]

5 12, 2016

Settimio al Pellegrino, A Roman Relic

2017-02-17T15:14:45+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |6 Comments

Note: On Sunday December 5, CNN broadcast a stunning Rome episode of Parts Unknown in which Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento go to a trattoria, which they do not name. It's Settimio. Sorry for the spoiler but I don't believe in depriving Mario and Teresa of business through exclusion :) Watch the episode it is [...]

25 11, 2016

Chris Behr’s Carne Cookbook, Meat Recipes from the American Academy

2017-02-17T15:14:45+00:00 November 25th, 2016|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Meat, Rome & Lazio|0 Comments

Chef Chris Behr was born to write Carne: Meat Recipes from the American Academy in Rome, the fifth title in a very awesome but little-known series-- if you don't already own Biscotti, Zuppe, Pasta, and Verdure, put them on your holiday wish list immediately. I have never known anyone who loves meat more than my [...]

6 10, 2016

Where to Eat and Shop in Rome’s Esquilino District

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