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The HeartRome 50 dining highlights of 2016

This was one of the hardest pieces I’ve had to put together all year. How does one wrap up a year of dining experiences when it seems that whether it’s been for work or pleasure, food has been the one constant!  From Michelin stars in Paris, Rome, Capri, San Sebastián, Modena, Bilbao and Verona to trattorias, pizzerias, cafes, street food carts, pubs and gelaterias, here are the 50 highlights of

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Santo: Trastevere’s cool new Cocktail Bar & Bistrot

I always thought that the corner of Trastevere down the hill from Gianicolo, just off Piazza San Cosimato and right behind the basilica of Santa Maria was a bit of dead space. Not anymore.  You now turn on to this section of Via della Paglia and see Santo. Cocktail bar slash bistro, it’s the latest in stylish bars with a decent food offering to hit the Rome dining scene. The first

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Waraku & 6 other Japanese restaurants in Rome

Last week I had dinner in a yoga studio. As in, I didn’t go to yoga (I don’t do yoga!) and bring a sandwich in my backpack (I don’t really do backpacks either!).  I mean, I ate at Waraku – a Japanese cultural association that acts as a restaurant too and cooks up what is probably the most authentic cuisine outside of Tokyo on this side of the world.A couple

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Osteria Francescana: The day I ate at the world’s number 1 restaurant (& interviewed the chef too!)

Modena is famous for many things. Pavarotti was born here. Its balsamic vinegar. It’s home to Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. But I went to Modena for one thing – one thing alone, to dine at the current #1 restaurant in the world, Osteria Francescana. I’d been wanting to dine here for years and when in June this year, the restaurant jumped from #2 to #1 in the world (according to

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Dining at the Guggenheim Museum: Bilbao’s Nerua Restaurant

I knew that I would be eating well in Basque Country. After eating our way around San Sebastián, my sister and I made our way to Bilbao to spend a culturally, foodie weekend with a friend. What I didn’t expect, was Nerua. As I always do, I was reading about some places to eat before arriving and came across it. Located in the Guggenheim, museum of contemporary art, it has

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The new food & restaurant openings in Rome you’ll want to try

Another week, another restaurant opening. The Rome food scene is forever changing and it’s getting harder all the time to keep your finger on the pulse. Here are 5 places that have opened this year. Mercato Centrale (Termini)  I wouldn’t be caught dead around Termini station at night. There I said it. It’s where I go to catch my train to leave Rome. There are a select few places in

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Molo10: Seafood and beach clubbing in Rome

So I found a cure for Monday-itis and you should try it. It’s called: an 8 course seafood lunch at Rome’s Molo10. I swear, not only was I blown away by freshness and creativeness of the plates, the friendly attentiveness of the staff, the casual nautical boat house kinda beach club feel, but it put me in a top mood to face the rest of the week. If you’re not from

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Why everyone in Rome thinks only they know where to eat 

This is not meant to be a cheeky post or one that offends, but just a collection of thoughts and some of my reflections of late. It’s just that recently I feel bombarded in Rome by commentary about ‘this place’ and ‘that place’ being the only good place to get x dish. And if it was only the commentary that’d be fine, but I’ve witnessed cases of public shaming too.What

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Where to eat near Rome’s monuments

Nowadays food guides have one thing in common: encouraging visitors to explore areas away from the touristy city centre and get off the beaten track. Yet many travellers in Rome are in town for just 2-3 days, are staying in a central hotel or apartment and want to eat and explore within that radius. And despite perception, there are a lot of decent places to eat in the centre of

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Japan Restaurant Week: Rome, Florence & Milan

Living in Rome, Roman food is my thing. Fusion dining interests me. I love the odd taco and ceviche too. But one cuisine I won’t ever tire of is Japanese. And thankfully in Rome there are a select few where I can get my fix. So when I received an invite to the private residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Italy – to eat! – you can guess I was

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