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My Very Best Bites of 2010

Marron glace' and vanilla gelato at Ciampini, Rome
Gelato at Ciampini in Rome.

I’ve already been over some of the worst. Now it’s time to relive the best bites of 2010. The past year was kind of nuts. I really hope my mom isn’t reading this because she is very close to staging an intervention for my compulsive gluttony. What follows–a list of my very favorite dishes eaten in Rome, Istanbul, Barcelona, London, the Bay Area, and NYC–will only give her more ammo.

Pizza rossa at Pizzarium
Gnocchi all’amatriciana at L’Arcangelo
Oxtail rocher at All’Oro
Crispy suckling pig with smoked potatoes and fruit mustard at Open Colonna
Monkfish tripe, Roman style at Il Convivio Troiani
Spaghetti with dehydrated mussels at Metamorfosi
Artichoke pizza at Panificio Monti
Marron glace’ gelato at Ciampini
Goat sweetbreads and fava beans at Il Pagliaccio
Tagliolini with white truffles at Roscioli
Fried zucchini flowers at Piperno
Spiedone di pajata at Pommidoro
Fried rice ball with porchetta and Frascati wine at Sforno
Montblanc at Settimio
Cacio e pepe at Roma Sparita
Potato chips with liquorice powder at Open Baladin
Spaghetti with sea urchin roe at Tuna
Bean pure’ with mussels Antico Arco
Fave dei Morti at Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti

Fried anchovies at Lokanta Maya.

Grilled sole fillets at Tarihi Karakoy Balikcisi
Fried anchovies at Lokanta Maya
Minced meat pide at Fatih Karadeniz Pidecisi

Foie gras bonbon at Moo Restaurant
Iberian suckling pig at Cinc Sentits
Serrano Ham from Andalusia at Jamonisimo

Hamhock with poached egg at The Wells
Fried Tripe at St John
Pizzetta with egg and spinach at Polpo
Charcuterie platter at Bar Boulud
Grilled lamb chops at Lahore Kebab House
Blueberry souffle at Galvin La Chapelle
Octopus, beans, and ricotta at L’Anima
Tammyworth belly ribs at The Hawksmoor
Stichelton at Neal’s Yard Dairy

Banana tapioca with avocado ice cream
Banana tapioca with avocado ice cream.

Monkfish liver at Zushi Puzzle
Cheeseburger Animal Style at In-n-Out
Nettle Pizza at Zuni Cafe
Banana tapioca with avocado ice cream at The Slanted Door
Heirloom tomato and basil pasta at Chez Panisse

Veal sweetbreads at Momofuku Ssam Bar
Lamb Burger at The Breslin
The Vesper Brett at Prime Meats
Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern
Pork for two at Ma Peche
Hand pulled lamb shoulder with goat yogurt at Fatty ‘Cue

2016-01-09T19:09:45+00:00 January 2nd, 2011|Categories: Istanbul, London, New York City, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|7 Comments


  1. HK Epicurus January 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    You had some great food in 2010.

    I keep thinking my weakest link in my recent trip was during Italy, as I didn’t really plan well enough and it was raining like no tomorrow when I was in Rome – so couldn’t find some places..

    What do Italian locals think of NINO’s Florentina steak ? I went and thought it was quite interesting and even good, although very salty. Not sure how to blog about it! I anticipated that it’ll be really touristy too, but it seemed like half-half? Thanks for your help.


  2. Katie January 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I sense a return trip to Rome in the making. Dunno much about Nino’s. I know it is super popular with tourists (esp after TomKat held some wedding festivities there!) but that’s about all I know…ciao!

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    Yep hopefully coming by again soon.

    Well yeh it seemed to be filled with Japanese and Spanish tourists, as well as some locals. I was just there to sample their Chianina meat mostly, say compared to US, French or Japanese beef as this Italian cut isn’t available over here.

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  6. The Quest For Zest January 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Dang, now I don’t feel so bad about eating my way through Rome this year either. We had fabulous meals, but didn’t hit a single place you did; proof of how deep the culinary skill runs in Rome I suppose.

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