HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Food & Wine

Suburra 1930: Where cocktails and food meet

I do enjoy Monti neighbourhood and it’s certainly an area of the city I recommend to visitors. For many reasons really: 1) it’s right by the Colosseum, 2) it’s a cool locals’ hangout (especially in summer people spill out of bars and into piazzas) 3) it’s super pretty, and 4) it’s full of independent designer stores, bars and restaurants. I recently experienced Suburra 1930. This stylish restaurant and cocktail bar

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Battle of the Chefs: the 2018 SINA Italian Chefs’ Cup Contest

This week I attended the Rome leg of the Italian Chefs’ Cup Contest. The event is held within restaurants of Sina Hotels across Italy and Rome is one of the 10 cities to participate. To date, the initiative has seen 92 Michelin Star chefs, 20 restaurants, 55 events in Italy and 5 around the world (San Francisco, New York, Tokyo and 2 in Thailand), 110 expert judges (of which 12

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Where to eat this Christmas at Rome’s luxury hotels

If you’re living in Rome or passing by for the holidays, here is a list of fine dining events for Christmas and New Years at some of the city’s top hotels. Many of the chefs and venues have Michelin stars and on request, the menu for each event is available through the restaurant / hotel. For further information and bookings, contact the hotels / restaurants directly (web contact is provided

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Rimessa Roscioli: Wine tasting in the heart of Rome 

Anyone who knows anything about food and wine in Rome will tell you that the Roscioli brand name is synonymous with quality. There’s the salumeria / wine bar and restaurant, the bakery (Antico Forno Roscioli) where you can get some of the best pizza bianca in town (FYI their recipe is in my book!), Roscioli Caffe for a quick sweet, coffee or lunch and Rimessa Roscioli – the brainchild of

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Amarone nights in Rome 

Unless you’re an Italian wine aficionado, I will forgive you for not knowing Amarone. This red, rich and dry wine is produced in north Italy, mainly in the Valpolicella area, in the province of Verona (Veneto). In 1990 it gained DOC quality status (with many later promoted to DOCG), which kicked off its export as wine of choice around the world.  This week, I had the pleasure of sitting through

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Where to buy I Heart Rome – the book

Excited doesn’t even begin to describe it! I have my debut book, I Heart Rome (published by Smith Street Books) in my hot hands and I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s gorgeous (if I say so myself!) Here are some more sneak peak pictures and the book description: “Rome begs to be uncovered at every turn. Through authentic local stories, recipes and glorious photos, I Heart Rome takes

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Where to try Japanese fusion dining in Rome

Cocktails, craft beer, ‘streetfood’ in all shapes and sizes, speakeasies, ramen and burgers – Rome has sure had its fair share of trends lately. Some great, others not so great. Another popular dining format is that of Japanese fusion. The city has seen Japanese / Brazilian chains Temakinho and SambaMaki and a whole host of spin offs over the last few years. If you’re not an informed Jap/Bra fan you’d

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Rome’s secret garden & new summer hotspot 

I love summer in Rome. There is so much to do that it can even get slightly overwhelming! From outdoor cinema, live music in many parks, opera at the Baths of Caracalla, various festivals and events, the list goes on and on and on.  To kick off the season, last week in the Guido Reni district, an old industrial site by the MAXXI (Rome’s 21st century art museum) Hotel Butterfly

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What you really should know if you call yourself a “foodie”

I don’t love the word foodie. But only because it’s used so liberally nowadays that sometimes it makes even me cringe a little. Yet for the purposes of this article, here it is and quite frankly, if you either work in the food sector, in social media or write about food it’s a term very hard not to use. Because everyone nowadays is a foodie. But what does that mean.

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Caffe` Propaganda V 2.0

I always liked Caffe` Propaganda. Quite simply, it’s centrally located, cool and fun and has a great vibe. I’ve eaten and drank here many times and it really hasn’t ever disappointed. Owned by entrepreneurs Maurizio Bistocchi, Daniele Quattrini and Edoardo Caracciolo, the place has just had a revamp. According to them, the philosophy behind their new format is avant-garde; in fact they’ve created an entire menu named Hotel Avantguardia which

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