13 03, 2015

Passover in Rome, Pesach 5775

2017-02-17T15:15:52+01:00March 13th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Jewish/Kosher, Rome & Lazio|8 Comments

Fresco of Moses and the Exodus, from the Dura Europos synagogue. Photo © Richard Beck. This year, Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 3 and ends the evening of Saturday, April 11. Bear in mind that first two days of Passover (from sundown of April 3 until nightfall two days later) are full-fledged, no-work-allowed [...]

27 02, 2015

Rome’s Jewish Ghetto

2017-02-17T15:15:54+01:00February 27th, 2015|Categories: Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Travel|10 Comments

As far back as the 2nd century B.C.E., Jews have made their home in Rome and represent the oldest Jewish community in the world outside Israel. What we recognize today as Roman Jewish cooking is fruit of universal Jewish dietary guidelines and, perhaps most importantly, the community’s forced isolation into a gated ghetto for 300 [...]

14 03, 2013

Pizzarelle, A Roman Pesach Tradition

2017-02-17T15:16:52+01:00March 14th, 2013|Categories: Carbs, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert|5 Comments

Rome’s Jewish community has a rich and flavorful culinary tradition that spans 22 centuries and encompasses native Roman, as well as Spanish, Libyan and Sicilian influences. Sweets are particularly important–try Boccione Il Forno del Ghetto and Mondo di Laura for proof–and during Pesach, one of the […]

3 04, 2012

Passover in Rome, Pesach 5772

2017-02-17T15:18:59+01:00April 3rd, 2012|Categories: Culture, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Rome & Lazio|2 Comments

Fresco of Moses and the Exodus, from the Dura Europos synagogue. Photo © Richard Beck. UPDATE: See 2013/5773 Passover post here. This year, Passover begins at sundown on April 6 and ends at sundown on April 14 . These are some listings for sederim, Kosher food products, and catering in Rome for Pesach 5772. [...]

5 01, 2012

Rome For Foodies Dining App (Finally) Released

2017-02-17T15:21:21+01:00January 5th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Fish, Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Gelato, Jewish/Kosher, Meat, Offal, Pizza, Pork, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert, Travel, Wine & Spirits|25 Comments

I can hardly believe I’m writing this. Rome For Foodies, my first native app for iPhone, iPad, and Android smart phones, has just been released and is now available on iTunes and the Android Market (feedback appreciated!!!). The process was hellish, with more delays, sleepless nights and panicked Skype chats with my developers than I [...]

15 12, 2011

New Kosher Eateries in Rome's Ghetto

2017-02-17T15:22:13+01:00December 15th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Jewish/Kosher, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|0 Comments

The food in Rome's Ghetto isn't just about fried artichokes anymore. In the past year, several businesses with a distinct international influence have opened on and around Via del Portico d'Ottavia. Read my article for The New York Times about Rome's new kosher businesses here.