HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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The “Italian” food you won’t find in Italy

Anyone who lives in Italy, has travelled through it extensively or taken slight notice of menus from region to region can tell you, that for the most part, the cuisine has been bastardised the world over. (Which, mind you, to a certain extent, is ok! In most countries where Italian migrants landed, they made do with whatever local produce was available.) Yes – things like pizza and pasta are fair

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10 Things to Eat and Drink in Agrigento, Sicily

Sicily is one of my favourite regions in Italy for food. While so many regions have unique culinary traditions borne from rich local produce, there’s just something about Sicilian cuisine that makes my mouth water even just writing about it! Culturally diverse, the cuisine has Greek, Middle Eastern and African influences and changes from city to city, town to town.  On the island’s south-west coast, Agrigento’s cuisine is about as

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How to Eat (really, really) Well in Prague

On my third trip to Prague, I finally discovered how to eat like a local and the fundamentals of Czech cuisine. Confession.. Ok so I do know a couple of people in the city and work for Eating Europe (the tour company responsible for food tours in Rome, London, Amsterdam and Prague)… And have foodie friends like Amsterdam Foodie who were more than willing to part with a series of

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A Love Story named Valeggio sul Mincio

Italian cuisine is so diverse from region to region. The characteristics which define these differences are based on agriculture, climate, economy and historical traditions. But one common thread is pride. Yes, from north to south, mainland to the islands, Italians are extremely proud of their cuisine. Their customs and food plays a fundamental role in socialising, community building and family. Oh and they’re a romantic bunch too! I guess you

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How to ‘Rome’ in Melbourne: Restaurants

Food is life in Italy. And food and Italy are life for me! Sadly I even dream about Italian and regional cuisine when I’m not in Italy! I’m not there at the moment because I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a (typically erratic) Melbourne summer (you pick your battles hey!) but while away from Rome where do I go to enjoy an Italian meal? Firstly it’s not exactly in the

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Regional delights in the heart of Rome: Part 3

This is the third and final instalment of Buzz in Rome’s post about where to find the best of Italian regional cuisine in the eternal city. If you haven’t been to the south of Italy or Sardegna, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on! I’ve had some of the best meals of my life in Italy’s south.  Ricotta cannoli in Taormina, Sicily; the best sword fish with capers

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Roman food… glorious food

A blog about my living experience in Rome really wouldn’t be complete without a post dedicated to food! So here it is…. To say that the food and produce in Italy is amazing, is just a gross understatement. Thankfully I don’t drive here so I get to burn off any excess calories by having to walk just about everywhere. Obviously Italian cuisine is revered worldwide and I’m living in the

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