Rome Then & Now: The Truth about Fettuccine Alfredo

The original fettuccine Alfredo, made with just Parmesan cheese, pepper and butter.

This blog post was originally posted on September 27, 2019 and was updated on January 29, 2021. Fettuccine Alfredo—the real thing, anyway—is served at just two restaurants in Italy, but its popularity has exploded abroad. Everyone has heard of fettuccine Alfredo, sometimes called “Alfredo pasta” abroad. It’s so popular outside Italy that when I lived […]

Behind the Bite: Roman Pasta

Carbonara pasta with red wine

This blog post was originally posted on March 18, 2019 and was updated on January 26, 2021. There’s something comforting about the dependable, the quotidian, the downright normal. Roman pasta is just that. Amatriciana, carbonara, gricia and cacio e pepe are the main pastas of Rome, and most restaurants have at least two of them on the […]

Our Favorite Rome Restaurants by Neighborhood: Where to Eat in Trastevere

Every night, hungry bar-hoppers stop at Trapizzino in Trastevere for a sandwich and a craft beer

This blog post was originally posted on February 6, 2019 and was updated on October 28, 2020. Trastevere is Rome’s most charming neighborhood, and that’s saying a lot. A bit overrun with tourists and students, yes—but no one who’s walked its winding streets can deny there’s something magical about it. The word Trastevere literally means […]

Perfect Italian Tiramisu Recipe

Tiramisù on a plate

Quite appropriately, “tiramisu” translates to something along the lines of “pick me up.” And that’s exactly what it is—a sweet pick-me-up that’s well worth saving space for, no matter how much carbonara or cacio e pepe you may have already eaten. Coffee-dipped ladyfinger cookies and sweet, fluffy mascarpone come together in a beautiful symphony of […]

Best Pizza Bianca Recipe (From One of Rome’s Best Pizzerias)

Slices of pizza bianca at the Testaccio Market in Rome

Pizza bianca is pizza at its simplest. There’s no bright red tomato sauce, no cheese, and no fancy toppings. Pizza bianca (which translates to “white pizza”) is as simple as it gets: fresh-baked focaccia topped with nothing more than olive oil, salt, and sesame seeds or rosemary if you’re feeling adventurous. But don’t let the […]

Best-Ever Traditional Roman Carbonara Recipe

Carbonara pasta with red wine

Forget everything you think you know about carbonara. Outside of Italy, carbonara pastas are often unrecognizable. Drenched in a thick cream sauce and studded with peas and bacon, these international adaptations are a far cry from the traditional carbonara recipe used in Rome. But here in the Eternal City, real carbonara is one of the […]

The 10 Best Pasta Dishes to Eat in Rome Before You Die

Pasta alla gricia

This blog post was originally posted on March 28, 2019 and was updated on September 29, 2020. Pasta is the gorgeous yellow ribbon that binds Italian cuisine together, and no trip to Rome would be complete without it. Every region of Italy has at least one traditional pasta dish to its name. And with a […]

7 Unknown Restaurants Where the Locals Eat in Rome

Spaghetti carbonara served on a white plate with a stemless glass of red wine in the background

This blog post was originally posted on March 4, 2019 and was updated on September 23, 2020. As famous as its sights and museums are, Rome is a city of millions of ordinary people, most of whom have a favorite local restaurant “Eating like a local” is a phrase thrown around a lot in travel […]

The Top 5 Spots for Cacio e Pepe in Rome You Need to Try ASAP

Cacio e pepe pasta

This blog post was originally posted on February 2, 2019 and was updated on September 8, 2020. Cacio e pepe is the classic flavor of Rome, and one of its best and most beloved dishes. Cacio is Roman dialect for “cheese”—in this case, assertive sheep’s-milk pecorino romano—and pepe is black pepper. Put it all together, […]

How to Read an Italian Menu (And Order Like a Local)

Plate of carbonara pasta

One of the best parts of traveling is experiencing the culture through food, and in many cases, eating out can be the highlight of your trip.  But how are you supposed to eat like a local if you don’t understand how to order off the menu? While understanding how to read an Italian menu can […]

Classic Roman Cacio e Pepe Recipe

Cacio e pepe pasta

Forget bolognese, and cast carbonara aside. When you’re in Rome, the first pasta you need to try is cacio e pepe. This is Roman cooking at its best. Just take a handful of ingredients, cook them with love, and you get one delicious dish. Cacio e pepe means “cheese and pepper” in Italian, and that’s […]

All About Natural Wine in Rome: What It Is & Where to Drink It

Bottles of wine on a shelf

If you’ve never tried natural wine before, you couldn’t possibly know what all the fuss is about.  While there isn’t an official definition of what natural wine is, what we can tell you is that it’s wine that’s been produced with almost no intervention in the vineyard and cellar.  Translation? It means the grapes are […]

How to Budget for Food in Rome: Average Cost of Food Per Day

Eating pasta at a Roman trattoria

Any trip to the Eternal City will become a culinary one. Amidst thousand-year-old wonders and cobblestone streets, you’ll find terrific food joints in almost every Roman corner. But how much should you be factoring in for food during your Roman holiday? Rome offers a myriad of eating options, from budget street food fare and trattorias […]

Supplì vs Arancini: An Italian-Fried Movie

Arancini stuffed with peas

Suppli and arancini: two words that are popping up on menus everywhere. But what’s the difference between them?  Italians love fried food. In Neapolitan pizzerias, there’s the frittatina di pasta (fried pucks of pasta). In Puglia, no Sunday is complete without homemade panzerotti (fried, stuffed pockets of dough). But two cousins, both fried balls of […]

When to Eat in Rome: Breakfast, Lunch, Aperitivo & Dinner Times

PIzza at Casamanco at the Testaccio Market in Rome

Forget your eating schedule back home—it’s time to immerse yourself in Roman culture by embracing local eating times. All European countries have different eating schedules: northern countries tend to dine earlier while southerners grab their meals later. And time is so relative: 6 p.m. is “dinner time” in London yet “aperitivo time” in Rome, which […]

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