HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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HeartRome Radio coming to you live

A new era is dawning. A new and thrilling chapter for HeartRome. I’m talking radio. Digital radio. I’m talking about broadcasting to the world and I’m taking you with me! I’m so honoured to announce my weekly radio spot – Heart Rome Radio – on Radio Food Live – Italy’s first ever digital radio network dedicated solely to food and the brainchild of my super talented press colleagues Andrea Febo

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Salina – the mountainous green heart of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands

There’s Italy, then there’s Sicily. And there’s Sicily and then there are the Aeolian islands (le isole Eolie). I’ve spent more than 5 summers on the islands and dozens more on the Sicilian ‘mainland’ and I just can’t get enough. The fusion of cultures, the architecture, the people, the landscape, the food. And the desserts. Almonds, pistacchio, ricotta, lemon. I could go on. I’d been to Salina before (hell I

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Perpetual. Modern fine dining in the shadow of the Colosseum

You might think the Colosseum area is too touristy for a good meal. But the Celio and even Monti neighbourhoods have a great selection of casual and fine dining eateries and excellent bars – you just need to know where to look for them. Opened late in 2017, I hadn’t had a chance to try Perpetual. But I finally got around to it this week. Together with places like Spazio

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See Naples and Die: A day trip from Rome with Casa Mia Food & Wine

Here are just some of the ways you could spend an hour in Rome: Lining up to enter St Peter’s Basilica or the Vatican Museums Walking through the lush green of Villa Borghese Shopping along Via del Corso Or… you could simply hop on a fast train and be drinking a coffee straight up in the famous Caffe Mexico, amidst the bustling chaotic beauty that is Napoli. That’s right, in

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A Quick Guide on where to eat, drink & be happy in Rome’s Testaccio

Touted the “heart of Rome” when Romans talk about food (and they do a lot!), Testaccio is a gentrified, old working-class neighbourhood situated literally just outside of the historical centre. Located on the banks of the Tiber, right by what was Rome’s Port of the Ripa Grande, it’s no accident that this quartiere knows how to eat. Historically, this is where much of the food used to arrive into town

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FishHub: Casual seafood dining in the heart of the city

Tonight I was chatting to my girlfriends about crudi (raw seafood from tartare to carpaccio and beyond) and how outside of Italy, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when one things of cuisine on the boot-shaped peninsula. While fishing towns and coastal regions from Campania to Puglia in south Italy have had a long history of eating fresh, raw seafood in a variety of ways, this recent

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Happy 2771st Birthday Rome!

Founded on 21 April in 753 BC, today is Rome’s 2771st birthday. Known in Italian as, ‘Il natale di Roma’. To mark her birthday, I wanted to publish an excerpt from my book I Heart Rome. I wrote it with love, from the heart and with a lump in my throat. Because I’m one of those hopeless romantics. One of those people who cries at the end of a romantic

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Materia Cafe: Where design and good food collide

When I walked into Materia Cafe I felt as though I’d landed into one of those cool hipster cafes in Melbourne’s Collingwood. In fact it could have been Williamsburg in Brooklyn or Shoreditch in London. You get the drift. Hipsters rejoice! I do love the classic style you find around Rome, but when design spaces like Materia come on to the scene – and I mean not just a hanging

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Abruzzo Food & Travel: Cooking with Rosy

Stories like Rosy’s warm my heart. Maybe because we are both Abruzzese. Or because we are both very tied to our families. Perhaps it’s because we grew up in a household where gatherings around the table were the norm. Or even because we have a passion for food. For traditions. And for storytelling. Maybe because we both had the courage in life to say “This is what I love doing,

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Easter in Abruzzo & La Madonna che Scappa

If you don’t follow me anywhere on social media, haven’t read this blog before or have been living under a rock – newsflash: my Italian family heritage is Abruzzese. And not my great great grandparents or my grandparents (even though surprise surprise – they are from Abruzzo too!) I’m talking: my parents – both of them, born in Abruzzo. In a tiny town called Prezza in the mountains of L’Aquila

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