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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Italians Do Christmas: The Foods You’ll Find on Every Table

Italian Antipasti platter

Christmas week in Italy means one thing: feasting.  Like any other country, Italy has its own Christmas traditions. Italian Christmas foods are predictably distinguished by their variety and richness, though.  Christmas is a time for abbondanza, literally, “abundance.” Italians sit down for long (we’re talking six or seven hours) feasts of many courses, even more […]

A Crash Course in Italian Cheeses

Real Parmesan is one of the most beloved Italian cheeses.

In Italy, cheese isn’t just something you eat. It represents where you are from and the history of your region. As you might have guessed, this means there are a lot of different cheeses in Italy.   Just like with bread, cured meat and pasta shapes, cheese in Italy is a geographical marker. Wherever you […]

A Seasonal Guide to Eating in Rome

One of our favorite summertime dishes in Italy is fried calamari. Check out the rest in our guide to seasonal eating in Rome.

Eating seasonal in Rome isn’t just about which vegetables are at the market (although there are plenty of those). It’s about festivals, holidays, and even days of the week. One of the great things about eating in Rome is, ironically, the limitations of the season. Certain dishes—cacio e pepe, braised oxtail—are evergreen, but many things you only […]

A Seasonal Guide to Eating in Rome

One of our favorite summertime dishes in Italy is fried calamari. Check out the rest in our guide to seasonal eating in Rome.

Eating seasonal in Rome isn’t just about which vegetables are at the market (although there are plenty of those). It’s about festivals, holidays, and even days of the week. One of the great things about eating in Rome is, ironically, the limitations of the season. Certain dishes—cacio e pepe, braised oxtail—are evergreen, but many things you only […]