HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Life in Rome

Casa Fabri: A home cooked Sunday lunch with a view

I go to and get invited to a lot of events in Rome. But today I had the pleasure of being a part of something really special. Roman with Umbrian origins, Fabrizio Lupi worked as a brand manager and in corporate marketing for years. But from a young age had a passion for food and cooking. So he walked away from his career and started Casa Fabri. Basically he offers

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Gelato in Rome

My gelato pics have been getting a bit of buzz on social media lately so thought I would share some of them on here with you all. I’m a dessert person (as many of you will know or have guessed) but gelato was never really my thing. Until I moved to Italy that is. I don’t really discriminate (well it has to be real deal gelato of course) but in

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Is it all about “who you know’ in Italy?

Hey people! Here’s a post I wrote last week… I was debating publishing it. But decided I’d share some of Italy’s darker side (in a light way!). Choosing a city means putting up with the good and the bad. And thankfully for the most part, I see all the beauty and light even when there’s shadow. Anyway, here it is! Italians always say, “L’Italia è il paese delle raccomandazioni”. Which

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Samba and Sushi = Sambamaki in Rome

My first attempt at dining at Rome’s new Brazilian style Japanese cocktail and sushi bar, Sambamaki didn’t go too well. I headed over with a friend for a 10:30pm booking on a Monday night (US and Australian readers you read right) and we were impressed by the word go! By the funky venue, the look of the plates coming out of the kitchen (and the smell!) and the cocktails we

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Pianostrada in Trastevere: Street Food that’s all Class

Pianostrada Laboratorio di Cucina opened in Trastevere in May. It’s taken me 4 long months to get there but I can safely say I will probably spend the next few months making up for lost time. This sandwich and street-food bar is owned by Paola, her daughters Alice and Flaminia and her friend Chiara. Yes, in a climate of economic decline, these four courageous women decided to take a leap

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HeartRome Turns 3

Today on the 3rd anniversary of HeartRome, I smile, my heart is happy and I reflect. On what I have achieved with this blog. What it means and what it has taught me. It’s actually really hard to articulate what HeartRome means to me. In essence, it has become a part of me. An extension of me and my life. It has been the catalyst for so many amazing things

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Taste of Rome 2014: Where Rome’s Best Chefs Come out to Play

There are a lot of restaurants in Rome. Ok there are thousands. But of these, only 15 hold coveted Michelin stars. Only one holds 3 (Heinz Beck’s La Pergola which has held the title for over 10 years and is 1 of only 8, 3 Michelin star rated dining establishments in all of Italy). I’ve been fortunate to have dined at 6 of these restaurants (La Pergola, Glass Hostaria, Metamorfosi,

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3 Years in Rome

It’s just about 3 years to the day that I moved to Rome people! And what a ride it’s been! In this short time, I have met so many amazing people, made genuine friendships and worked extremely hard to establish myself in a field I am passionate about. Deciding to move to another country isn’t just something you wake up and decide. In fact it took me years. It takes

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20 Reasons You Know You’re Living in Rome

(But wouldn’t change it for the world!) 1. You walk in to a shop and upon hearing only English speaking tourists, shout over them in Italian to get served before them. 2. You buy your cheese from a cheese shop and a cheese shop only. 3. No seat on a toilet bowl doesn’t surprise you. 4. In fact seeing a seat on a toilet bowl is what surprises you! 5.

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10 Rome Restaurants to Try

My list of restaurants to try in Rome keeps growing. I tick one or two off and then add another five! And with new openings all the time, it’s hard to keep up around here. I don’t always get around to writing a dedicated post on all of my dining experiences. So here are another 10 places I’ve tried recently and recommend (or have frequented for quite some time but

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