A Roman food experience you must try

Rome seduces everyone, not only thanks to its wonderful places, but also with its great food.

Roman cuisine is the food of the people. It is also described as “poor kitchen” because the food was made with simple and available ingredients. It has always been full of flavors and perfumes. These dishes hold the history of Roman people and they are simply delicious: pasta, pig, lamb, artichokes, puntarelle, chicory. When in Rome, you must experience a traditional “osteria romana” and try this famous Roman cuisine, drinking wine or beer, as many Romans love to do.

These are the 6 Roman dishes not to be missed!

Amatriciana 

Tomatoes, guanciale (pig’s cheek), bucatini-thick spaghetti with a hole running through the center-and pecorino romano (a kind of salty and hard cheese): the “amatriciana” is one of those Roman dishes which always win. Don’t forget a large bib!

Credits: @azzurrawella

Cacio e Pepe

It’s a simple dish with spaghetti and three ingredients- pecorino romano cheese (cacio), black pepper (pepe) and leftover pasta water, that create a creamy sauce- but it is absolutely exquisite. Once you try it, you will always dream about it!

Carbonara

You can ask for different kinds of pasta- like mezze maniche, spaghetti or rigatoni- but the result is always great. Raw egg yolk, guanciale, pepper and greated pecorino romano: we bet you are already craving!

Trippa alla romana

Stewing tripe in a delicious tomato sauce with the addition of garlic, onions and various chopped herbs such as “menta romana”: a delicate taste that you can only find in this Roman recipe. A dish that you can only eat in the Eternal City, which is considered a real delicacy.

Credits: @noce_moscata_food_blog

Coda alla vaccinara

The butcher-style oxtail (coda) is one of the most famous of Roman variety meat-based recipes. It is made by stewing oxtail, onions, garlic, guanciale or lard, cinammon and other herbs. Eat it with your hands, you’ll enjoy it more.

Carciofi

The artichoke is the real star of the Roman cuisine. The two Roman ways to prepare it are “alla romana” (Roman-style, stuffed with bread crumbs, garlic, mint, and parsley) or “alla giudea” (Jewish-style, deep fried). Try both and decide which one you like more!

Get ready for this unique food experience!

 

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Food & The City: gli itinerari del gusto-Episode 4

Tre luoghi diversi di Roma, tre ristoranti differenti tra loro che ci hanno riservato altrettante (piacevoli) sorprese. La parola d’ordine di questo quarto episodio dei nostri itinerari del gusto è infatti “scoperta“: locali scelti quasi per caso e che ci hanno fatto pensare “Ci torneremo“. Curiosi di scoprire quali sono?

IL BRILLO PARLANTE

Situato in pieno centro (tra via del Corso e piazza del Popolo), Il Brillo Parlante è un locale accogliente e molto particolare. Ristorante, wine bar e pizzeria, perfetto per rilassarsi dopo lo shopping, quando lo stomaco chiama e si ha bisogno di una piccola pausa tra un negozio e l’altro. Si possono scegliere sia piatti della cucina romana che la pizza cotta nel forno a legna. La cantina è fornitissima: e si capisce al primo sguardo.

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Il Brillo Parlante (Foto Facebook)

‘NA COSETTA

Ristorante con live music, ‘Na Cosetta è molto conosciuto e apprezzato a Roma: è sicuramente tra i più famosi del Pigneto, quartiere celebre per la sua “movida”. Piatti tipici romani rivisitati (come, ad esempio, le patate all’amatriciana) e buona musica, in un’atmosfera calda e avvolgente. Caratteristiche che lo rendono un locale da non perdere, soprattutto se si vuole trascorrere una bella serata con gli amici dopo una giornata di (duro) lavoro.

'Na Cosetta (Foto Facebook)

‘Na Cosetta (Foto Facebook)

DONDOLO

Bagel, uova, insalate e dolci dagli ingredienti sfiziosi e dagli accostamenti tutti da provare, accompagnati da diversi tipi di birra artigianale. Ristorante, bakery e cafè, Dondolo (situato nel quartiere Montesacro) è caratterizzato inoltre da un delizioso cortile esterno, dove si può mangiare anche d’inverno (grazie a lampade e coperte!) Una piccola esperienza da vivere, per una serata in gruppo (o anche romanticamente in due).

Dondolo (Foto Facebook)

Dondolo (Foto Facebook)

E se siete dei food lover, non perdere anche gli episodi 1, 2 e 3 del nostro tour dedicato ai locali romani che più ci piacciono!

Food & the City: gli itinerari del gusto- Episode 1

Tra una visita al Colosseo, una passeggiata ai Fori Imperiali e un po’ di shopping in via del Corso…Non vi è venuta fame?

Roma è un posto magnifico non solo per l’arte, i musei, la storia, la bellezza unica al mondo: ma anche per il cibo! Non c’è che l’imbarazzo della scelta: le possibilità di accontentare il proprio palato sono davvero tantissime. E noi, che questa città magnifica la viviamo ogni giorno, vi consigliamo tutti quei locali, famosi e non, che non potete assolutamente perdere. Ecco i primi tre, ovviamente per ogni momento della giornata. Prendete nota e fatevi guidare dallo stomaco!

COLAZIONE

PANELLA

Profumi, sapori e un’arte che accompagna la città da ben cento anni. Un cornetto e un cappuccino da Panella, in via Merulana, e la giornata inizia subito nel migliore dei modi. Se poi non vi basta la colazione, perché non provare anche l’aperitivo? Vi sentirete davvero…a Roma. E il ricordo si rifarà vivo ogni qualvolta avrete voglia di qualcosa di…buono.

(Photo credit: Monicaa_it (da Instagram)

Panella. (Photo credit: Monicaa_it da Instagram)

PRANZO

ANTICA BIRRERIA PERONI

A due passi da Piazza Venezia, nel cuore di Roma, l’Antica Birreria Peroni vi accoglie con antipasti romani, primi piatti, carne e birra a volontà. Anche qui si festeggiano ormai i cento anni di attività ed è un posto ottimo per rilassarsi dopo aver fatto il pieno di chilometri e di ricordi. Rustico, caldo e accogliente, dove il tempo sembra essersi fermato. E ovviamente è aperto anche a cena.

Antica Birreria Peroni (Photo credit: lanvinvale da Instagram)

Antica Birreria Peroni (Photo credit: lanvinvale da Instagram)

CENA

MARIOLINA

Rione Monti è uno dei nostri quartieri preferiti di Roma, a due passi dai nostri appartamenti Carmen e Bohéme. Caratteristico, con tanti negozietti e locali particolari, diventa un rifugio sicuro nelle serate romane. E proprio in una calda sera di primavera abbiamo scoperto Mariolina: un laboratorio di gastronomia che prepara polpette, ravioli e dolci leggendari, da gustare anche a casa (effettua servizio da asporto). Piacevole, originale e tutto da scoprire.

Mariolina

Mariolina

Alla fine della giornata potrete andare a dormire felici: per ciò che avete visto, imparato e… mangiato!

Summer Festival in the City – Lungo Il Tevere

As we mentioned here, along the river Tevere in Rome there’s a refreshing event all summer long, don’t miss it! Here’s some pictures as a teaser – enjoy!

We spent hours at the “chess table”, in the end it was almost as crowded as the restaurants, would you believe it? (A missing black knight was replaced by a giant green bottle for a while, the show must go on!)

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Our favourite pub in Testaccio (among the best aperitivo places in Rome), Rec23 this summer hits the festival as well! Check out the great burgers and coctails!

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And another hit of this summer, Monti district’s proud, La Crostaceria at Lungotevere! Wow this is seafood heaven!

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Vintage shops, bars and concerts, open air cinema on the Tiber Island and much more…

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The Best GELATO In Rome! #2

With this not-so-ingenious title here we go with five more of our favourite gelato-parlours in the Eternal City – Enjoy or better, try them all!

 

il gelato torceIl Gelato
Via dell’Aeronautica, 105 (EUR)

We love to explore the districts of Rome following the tastes of artisan gelato! Here, we are in the heart of EUR (Esposizione Universale di Roma) impressive residential and business district planned by Mussolini. The Great Master of artisan gelato has his sober original laboratory here, though his creations can be found in several points of Rome. Claudio Torcè is famous for his meticulous research for perfection and clean, natural, high quality ingredients but not only! Some of his creations (especially the ones at the end of the long glass bar with over 70 flavors) are more than surprising! Would you try Mortadella (you know the pork sausage Sophia Loren tried to take to NYC in Lady Liberty?) or the spiciest Habanero? Celery or Gorgonzola cheese maybe? If you are for more classic flavors, try the fruit which are almost all without milk and other allergenic. Or choose from the almost 20 different choclolates, we recommend the one with Himalaya salt. Our absolute favourite flavors are the ones with ricotta! With honey and chocolate, with bluberries or with orange peels and bourbon…. and the whipped cream (home made, of course) is just so delicate and soft, a must try even if you usually decline it.
(They have a central located branch in Viale Aventino 59 too!)

 

teatroGelateria del Teatro
Via dei Coronari, 65

The Institution par excellence of the artisan gelaterie in Rome with timeless elegance. They have an open laboratory so you can admire the creation process from the very ingredient turned into addiction called gelato. We especially love to sit at the tiny space outside with the small round tables surrounded by beautiful flowers, sometimes a cat passing by, so intimate rounding the special experience of this extraordinary place. They play a lot with herbs as complementary flavors, lavender with peach, basil and rapsberry, sage or rosemary with lemon… give them a try you’ll not regret the refreshing taste and the mastery of the flavor combinations. (A new location has been opened in Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25 too!)

 

neve di latte gelatoNeve di Latte
Via Luigi Poletti, 6

New, fizzy, love at first sight. Though they opened in 2011 and won the Best Gelato in Italy prize in 2013, the minimal laboratory in Flaminio district feels brand new, with its clean and pure outlines. Near to the MAXXI (21st century Art Museum) Simone Romano’s pride is worth the (literally) extra mile you’re walking for it. The location features a separate room with wooden and metal design if you want to enjoy your gelato inside instead of walking. All natural ingredients and rigorous high quality are the very base of Neve di Latte. The origin of the ingredients are all listed, such as the organic milk from a German producer, Amadei chocolate, arabic coffee beans and seasonal, mostly local, organic fruit. The fruit flavors called sorbetto are all without milk, have a unique consistence and harmony in taste. Simone is there for you to recommend combinations of the actual flavors, explain the process of the creation and as well to share his passion for his beloved gelato.

 

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Come Il Latte
Via Silvio Spaventa, 24

Oh, the hedonistic gelato heaven… Can you believe we haven’t yet made it to a foto? When we get our cup we just forget about everything else… There.
Come il Latte (just like milk) is located near the central Piazza della Repubblica, and as we learnt, has been opened by a former employee of I Caruso (established gelato artisans, very worth to try). They make the most creamy and rich and soft gelato we have ever tasted!  Of course, only carefully selected high quality ingredients, additive-free preparation, but the cream! That’s amore, as the commercial says, the flavors are rounded and rich, smooth yet not in the silky way, completed with surprising crunchy pieces here and there. Salted caramel and Zabaione are Heaven on Earth, also the fruit flavors are just perfect. We loved Fig and Chestnut, worth to mention that some flavors among fruit are also dairy free.
And in Come il Latte is not all about flavors! The crunchy cones and whipped cream and chocolate topping take the gelato-experience to a higher level giving the hedonist what they deserve! You can have your cone or cookie dipped in white or dark chocolate, or you can ask the chocolate topping onto your gelato , it’s included in the price of your cone.

 

ilgrezzo urbana gelatoIl Grezzo
Via Urbana, 130

Ok, it’s not the classic gelateria but they are definitely a unique spot in the supertrendy via Urbana as the first raw and vegan place in Rome! All their creations are made with organic, vegan and raw very high quality ingredients. The heart of these is the raw chocolate of not toasted but dried beans. All the cakes, cookies, pralines and desserts are made this way, raw and vegan, and they are incredibly delicious!  In the summer they have also gelato, made with almond milk, cashews and coconut meat for the creamy texture, sweetened by coconut sugar. This preparation method takes to a very intense flavor, like in coffee and chocolate, you will definitely not need a coffee afterwards. Fruit flavors are also all with organic fruit, lemon is something fabulous, mango is also a favourite.
If you’re not so into gelato, try the Sacher cake or Mango cheesecake – you won’t regret it!

 

Read also the first part of the Treasure Hunt for the Best Gelato in Rome!

The Best GELATO In Rome!

Among The Best Things To Do In Rome there’s inarguably a nice afternoon – evening walk on the cobblestoned streets of the historical center… tasting a refreshing, melty, not too sweet GELATO!

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Gelato is a treat to enjoy almost all year round in Rome but in the summer gets definitely in the center of the attention. Becomes the lunch Romans choose instead of the usual tramezzino or panino. Families and group of friends see each other after dinner or after work for a big gelato-reunion staying till’ late night on the piazza in cheerful crowds.

I confess the title is a bit misleading. Truth is we haven’t found THE best yet… BUT!
Your satisfaction is our highest priority and we take this one very seriously. We don’t care about distance, time and effort, don’t fear elements and queues! Giving it all to keep our list of the best gelato places in Rome constantly up-to-date, verified and tested.

In our opinion the experience of having a gelato in Rome on a scale of 5 to 1 can be lifechanging, “can eat this all day long”, mediocre, “meh”, or “never again”.
We love gelato, (life is too short for the bad ones) so we frequent mostly the fivestar places; the particular, handmade or better, artisan gelaterie.
Here’s 5 of our favourites this year, second part is coming soon stay tuned, because we can’t stop eating exploring the flavours of the Eternal City!

 

fassiFassi
Via Principe Eugenio, 65
Il Palazzo del Freddo di Giovanni Fassi is a “can eat this all day long” but we have to mention it first, as it’s the Oldest Italian Gelato Factory. Fassi is an institution in Rome, you’d feel it right away entering the huge hall of the Palace. First you pay your portion size at the cashier’s desk then you go to choose your 3-4-5 flavours. Be aware, the sizes are named small-medium-large but they’re very very generous ones! Cream topping is also handmade, flavours are mostly the classic ones, though Fassi is an absolute must if you’re in Rome for more than 4 days or with children! It’s definitely a family place, you’ll feel at home and welcome every time, wether alone or with a party of 10. The sitting area is very well equipped, there’s a small fountain whenever you’d want water, a small bar and a tiny garden-courtyard to sit out on the bench enjoying your gelato.

 

fatamorganaFatamorgana
Piazza degli Zingari, 5
Our all time favourite of flavour-combination the wonderful Fatamorgana! They have more than one shop in the center, though we like this one on the small piazza with its fountain, and it’s just beside the supertrendy via Urbana, which is another plus. Glutenfree, many flavours are lactose and milkfree as well, all ingredients are high quality, natural and carefully selected… Strawberry-lemon-cointreau was one of the flavours of June, can’t wait for July! And absolutely to try the Seadas – this one is with pecorino from Sardinia Island and orange peel… Mmmmmm and the caramel! (Ok I stop here.)

 

olive dolciOlive Dolci
Via Emanuele Filiberto, 140
The first vegan gelateria and pastry shop in Rome! We were privileged to see its birth since we have our Casa Mara apartment right in the building, we fortunately have plenty of occasions to test and try all the goodies of this brand new beautiful place. All products are completely vegan and gluten free, if you have any food intollerance, this is the place for you! Not to mention how good their gelato is! Genuine, clear and intense flavours, try ginger and pear or go for the robust dark chocolate for a stronger experience. No cream topping here, for obvious reasons.

 

mcodgMela e Cannella
via Oderisi da Gubbio, 71
They are the best when it comes to fruit and spices combination! As their name says, apple and cinnamon are divine together just as their other creations are. We have high quality, natural ingredients here, no conservants, no additives, rigorous handmade preparation and proud artisan approach. Mela e Cannella is close to Trastevere station and Piazzale della Radio, afternoon hours are the best to go. Don’t miss it if you like fruit and nuts flavours, you’ll be enchanted by the variety of spices and their intense taste.

 

2552118154_2e0fae9dba_zFior Di Luna
Via della Lungaretta, 96
Only cups here, the cone is not for Trastevere’s best artisan gelateria! Fior di Luna stand for fair trade, ecologic and organic production, they use only fresh ingredients and season fruits coming from mostly local organic farms. We love them for the conscious approach and we adore them for the perfect gelato they make! Ask for help to combine the flavours, they are always very helpful and if there’s something you have never tried they’ll let you have a taste of it. The gelateria is in a busy street in the heart of Trastrevere so prepare yourself for a long line of gelato lovers especially in the evenings! It’s truly worth every minute of the wait.

 

 

 

 

Do you know which great Master artisan of the Italian gelato has created the weird kinky flavors of Habanero and Mortadella with Pistachios? Next time will be revealed!

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BeTreasure Tip: Do yourself a favour and check this perfect guide on how to avoid gelateria-traps in Rome (and in other cities). Thumbs up for Katie Parla!

 

(Images are own or flickr.)

 

 

Rome By Night – Friends, Secrets and Double Cream!

Ever wondered if there’s something cool and authentic to do between 1.00 and 5.00 am in the Eternal City? Sure you did! 🙂 In fact, there is something the books hardly write about. Since you are here, you’re not a common visitor (virtually or not) in Rome but a friend. And between friends there are no secrets, or better, they share them. We’re gonna share one with you now; the Authentic, Delicious Secret of the Roman Nights!

Campo-de-Fiori-at-night-photo-by-Kwong-Yee-Cheng-on-flickrThere are numerous valid reasons to find yourself wondering the cobblestoned streets of the Eternal City at, let’s say 2.00am. Such as a romantic Rome by night walking tour on an early summer night… An event with friends, like a concert at the Auditorium, a football match at the Stadio Olimpico, or a night out in a club around Testaccio.
Whatever the reason is, it’s 2.00am (or maybe 4.00 am if from Testaccio) and you’re heading to bed – now we give you 3 reasons why not to (yet).

Actually, the reason is only one. It’s called “cornetteria notturna“.cornetteria12 After a night out you may feel a very reasonable craving. You’re right, it’s not exactly feel reasonable but more becomes an extreme priority at that point – that’s why Romans have mastered to perfection the art of late night snacks in these special Labs of Temptation. They are open only at night with an intense perfume of freshly baked pastries that enchants everyone already as gets close to the entrance. Before heading home for locals is a must-stop, and highly reccommended for you too!

Remember the italian breakfast? They are the cornetti you’ll prefer for your perfect colazione, only at night they are much better! 7321764202_41f6162d12_zRecharge your sugar level and your mood with a hot, spongy, puffy cornetto, flat or filled with delicious cream, nutella, marmalade; or with a maritozzo, the tipical Roman sweet bun filled with whipped cream…! What can be better than a warm, soft, fragrant sweet pastry with a hot caffelatte at late night in a small cornetto lab, sharing the passion with your fellow night wanderers – because be aware, the best places are always full and busy with chocolate-signed faces, overpacked to-go bag carriers hurrying away with their treasure, happy child-smiles highlighted in the neon lights – just like yours!

Well, as the best ones, the masters of night cornetto worth gold to know, here you are three of our favourite addresses near the center!

Pasticceria Lambiase a.k.a.5838462813_bf56b34ca8_mIl Sorchettaro” via Cernaia, 49
Near to Piazza Repubblica and Porta Pia the cosy underground night baker patisserie, Il Sorchettaro as locals name the place, is the cornetteria notturna par excellence in Rome. Speciality is la sorchetta a doppio schizzo, a danish roll with whipped cream and chocolate topping. What to say? Got to get one. Or two… Now!

Dolce Maniera, Via Barletta,27
Near the Vatican City, always busy night place, not only sweet pastries but pizza, focaccia and panini. Crowded in front and inside, an underground tiny lab with all the delicacies of the cornetto-world. To try and to return, the “bomba” (doughnut) with chocolate filling is the most effective calory boost diet killer that exists in the entire world.

Il Cornettone, via Oderisi da Gubbio, 215
The biggest choice of cornetti you can ever imagine, always full of hungry groups, busy and loud, the must place to go after a night of clubbing and dancing with friends and if by car don’t be impressed to park in 4th line, it’s just the normality.

 

 

Sweet Christmas Derby – Italian Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas holidays is an excellent period to visit the Eternal City: life slows down, there’s time for long afternoon walks on the festive streets of the historical center full of lights and magic… here’s a really cool guide for things to do and see around.

And as for the Christmas Derby? In the Italian households it’s also time for the eternal debate of the season – Pandoro or Panettone? pandoropanettone

The two traditional Chrismas cakes are both sweet and spongey, though they are able to cause lively discussions on which to purchase for the family dinner. It’s a tough one, pros and cons on both sides – let’s see if you can pick a favourite!

flickr.comPandoro, “golden bread” has its origins in the beautiful Verona. Shaped usually like an 8 pointed star, it’s an elegant dessert on the Christmas table. Sliced accordingly, horizontally, it maintains the form and can also be re-assembled putting various fillings between the slices. Light texture, simple, delicious cake with sweet vanilla profume… Just perfect.
Loved by children because of the nice interactive touch – you take out from the box the bag with the Pandoro in it and beside you find a small pocket of vanilla icing sugar. You pour it in the big bag, close the top and shake the bag until the sugar powder covers all the sweet cake. It’s really fun!
Curiosity: as reported in the wikipedia article, Pandoro was also the last meal eaten by Mussolini before his execution.

flickr.comPanettone, “large bread” or “Toni’s cake” is the traditional Christmas holiday cake for excellence originally from Milan. Shaped like a cupola, or like a high puffy muffin, inside with dried raisins and candied fruits: orange, lemon usually. The top can either be plain, or covered with icing and almond slices or with chocolate. For dinner with a glass of dessert wine or for breakfast with a hot tea… sweet indulgence.
Candied fruits – love or despise, that’s your call. Character, structure, masculine delight are the distinctive elements of Panettone, a popular cake not only in Italy but in Latin American countries as well.

Haven’t decided yet? The perfect solution is definitely to purchase both and alternate the slices, or also try the many variants of these sweet temptations! Chocolate filling, vanilla cream filling, chocolate on top, almonds on top… Afterall, there’s still plenty of time til’ Christmas and New Year’s Eve, isn’t there?