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Speakeasies, ten-table restaurants, and street food stalls may not be what first come to mind when you think of Rome, but these new realities have joined the traditional bars and trattorias of the Italian capital as bastions of great food and drink. The cucina romana, Roman cuisine, is defined by local flavors and recently, the city’s food has been evolving to offer outstanding variations on tradition.

In sharing Rome’s celebrated traditional dishes, innovative street foods, and forgotten recipes, journalist and author Katie Parla showcases the city’s allure and uncovers its highly-evolved food culture – a culmination of 2,000 years of history. In her illustrated talk, Katie will trace the foundations of Roman cuisine while demonstrating how it has transitioned to the variations found today, ranging from genuine classics to the fascinating but largely undocumented Libyan Jewish fare to centuries-old offal preparations, and much more.

Copies of Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.