/Parla Food's Free Dining App Now Available-Not Just For iPhone Users!

Parla Food's Free Dining App Now Available-Not Just For iPhone Users!

It’s official! The first Parla Food Dining Guide is online. I have taken my favorite restaurants, pizzerias, bakeries, wine bars, and specialty food shops in Rome and created a simple set of listings for them in both English and Italian. Because Parla Food Dining Guides is an HTML5 app (is that even the right term?! I don’t get technology), you do not need an iPhone to use it. You should (hypothetically) be able to view it from any smartphone browser, or even use it on your iPad or home computer. As far as I can tell, the only prerequisite is an active internet connection. Please correct me if I’m wrong!!

Getting started

Enter guide.parlafood.com into your iPhone, smartphone, or computer browser. If you are an iPhone user, you will be prompted to add Parla Food to your home screen (see above). Other users can simply bookmark the front page.

Choosing a language

The default front page is in English but you may change the language to Italian by pushing the *Italian icon in the upper right hand corner (see above). If you wish for the home screen to be in Italian when you open the app, choose *Italian first, then add ParlaFood to your home screen.

Choosing a City

At the moment, Rome is the only city guide that is fully operational. Istanbul and London will follow shortly. Choose Rome and you will be taken to the next screen (see above).


You are now on the categories page. The header allows you to browse top picks, suggested itineraries, and an about me page. The “Suggestions” menu lists categories like Restaurants, Gelato Shops, and Pizzerias. Selecting a category will take you to a page with listings relevant to that category (see below). Selecting listing will take you to a dedicated listings page.

Example: If you select “Organic products” you will be taken to the screen shown on the left below. You can then select a listing which leads to a page with the name, address, phone number, website, and other information relevant to the listing.

Let me know what you think and if you encounter any problems using the dining guide. I know it’s not perfect, but it should do the trick until my fancy smancy native app is released this summer. Enjoy!

2016-01-07T03:37:13+00:00 March 8th, 2011|Categories: Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|12 Comments


  1. Jessica March 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Congrats Katie! Browsing it now on my phone.

  2. Conor - Hidden Palette March 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie, really like the app, I wish that I had it when I was in Rome, will def check out your London recommendations though. Some pictures on each entry would make a big difference I think and also I there was a function that let people see which ones are nearest to them?

    Who made it for you I was thinking of doing one on the best cheap eats in London.

  3. Engred March 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic Katie! This will come in very handy when we are back in Rome in October – not that Guido and I won’t have pre-planned every single meal and snack before we leave Oregon! 😉 Julius already know what he wants to order at Roscioli for our first dinner …

  4. Andrea March 9, 2011 at 12:16 am - Reply

    WOW! This is great news!!

  5. @passerotto March 9, 2011 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Brava! Congratulations, you did it! Browsing it on my (work, shhh) Blackberry now. Can’t wait for the summer release. Baci

  6. Jen March 9, 2011 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Katie, my husband and I followed all your suggestions on our trip to Rome last summer and you didn’t steer us wrong once. We even went all the way to Sforno and loved it! Congratulations on the app. We will send it to our friends who will be visiting Rome in May. Do you have any other Italian cities in the works?

  7. Tracy March 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    oh wow this looks great! ill definitely use it for planning my trip this summer. i dont have an iphone but i checked it on my android and it works! i love that it is free but how come you are giving it away?

  8. Robert March 10, 2011 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Great app! Thank you
    Pictures and/or map might be useful.
    Would love to have more comentary on the restaurants you have visited, especially the top 10.
    Look forward to using the app, again it was a great effort and is much appreciated.

  9. Lou Sernoff March 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Very fine job! Dining very well in three great cities and telling the rest of the world about it is a tough job, but somebody has to do it. You are clearly equal to the task.

  10. semsa denizsel March 15, 2011 at 8:03 am - Reply

    it’s on my phone! so many places we need to go.

  11. Katie March 16, 2011 at 11:21 am - Reply

    @Jessica thanks! it came in handy the other night didn’t it? too bad L’Arcangelo was booked:(

    @Conor thanks for the feedback! pictures and a nearby filtering function will be features on ParlaFood dining guide 2.0!! I commissioned a friend to make it for me. I was very happy with his work and rates. If you want more details just email me

    @Engred there is a burrata and carbonara at Roscioli with Julius’ name on them!!

    @Andrea thanks!

    @passerotto yay! how does it look on your blackberry?

    @Jen im so glad the recs treated you well. Sforno is great and im glad you made the trip! No other italian cities in the works just yet. Though maybe Naples down the road…

    @Tracy good question! there are two reasons:

    1. this is a basic app and doesnt have geolocation, filters, advanced searches, or anything like that. It would be shameful to charge for information I give away for free on my blog and doesnt add any actual functions.

    2. it is getting harder by the day to eat well in Rome. the bad economy and tourism have really affected the quality of restaurants in the past years and i really wanted to do something to promote small businesses that still provide quality. most of the places in the app are family owned. others are very small enterprises.

    @Robert thanks so much for your feedback! There are maps already for the individual listings, but the 2.0 version will have many more functional maps. Photos and longer reviews will also be added. I really appreciate your insight and hope PFDG 1.0 is useful to you!

    @Lou Thank you very much, sir! I make enormous sacrifices, mostly regarding my weight and heart healty;)

    @semsa so many!!

  12. […] As much I know and love Rome (I spent six months studying the Petrarchan manuscripts at the Vatican library when I was a Fulbright fellow) and as much I know and love the wine and restaurant scene there (it is, imho, the greatest city of Italian wine), ubi major, minor cessat: my favorite expert on all things Roman, the inimitable (and aptly named) Katie Parla has released a Rome guide app for smartphones. […]

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