Are you a teetotaller?

WineAs an Italian I do enjoy drinking now and then even if that does not happen daily.

In our culture drinking is a social habit for mostly everyone. It is a lot about sharing a special celebration, a meal, a time with someone, a night out, a gathering with friends.

In other words, drinking is an action we do to be part of a moment. Surely, eventually you may get tipsy or even merry and that is perfectly allowed.
That does not have to be associated with passing the limit. Read More …

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Eggplant – Seasonal Food in Rome

eggplantEggplants are in season from July to September, and I love to serve these to my guests as it is a popular dish for the locals in Rome. Like many with many of the dishes I prepare, it is important that the eggplants are fresh, so I ensure the ones I pick are the skins are bright and vivid, with no creases or wrinkles, and that the stalk is green.

To prepare the eggplant, I slice and grill them in a small tray. After doing that I seasoned them with sea salt and olive oil. Then I marinate each slice with a fresh mixture made of parsley, mint, garlic and olive oil.. let stand for a little while, and they are ready! Read More …

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Best ice cream

gelato

Ice cream Rome

There are many excellent ice-cream shops in town. How to choose the best ones then?
Personally I check a couple of things before deciding where to get my gelato.

First of all, I avoid the ones in obvious touristic spots like Trevi, Colosseo, Piazza di Spagna and so on. Avoid also ice-cream kiosks.
Secondly, I pay attention to the number of flavours they sell. The more they display, and so apparently appealing, the less genuine they are.

However, my favourite ones in town are:

Giolitti – Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40
Gelarmony – Via Marcantonio Colonna, 34
Angolo del gelato – Via Trionfale, 75

Read the full article about other gelaterias

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Time has stopped for a coffee

Tazza d'Oro

Nowadays it’s so hard to find a shop which survives for more than 20 years. Tazza d’oro stands alone. It’s a very old coffee shop. Founded almost 70 years ago it is still as fascinating as it was in the old days.
The light-brown walls, the floor, the furniture, the coffee aroma which fills the air, the atmosphere, it’s all as if time has stopped here.

The beans are imported from all over the world and mostly from South America. Here you can try from the simple espresso, a small shot of concentrate coffee, a must for Italians!

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I supplì – Best supplì in Rome

I Supplì

On a quiet lazy noon, after having shown and left some tourists in town, I come across this little take away pizzeria in the Trastevere area. From the outside nothing major. I could hardly read what was written on the sign.

The thing that caught my attention more than anything else was to see locals queuing here. When there’s such a thing, there’s only one reasonable explanation: they sell good stuff. The place was fairly crowded for that time of the day and for the emptiness which surrounded the area. Read More …

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