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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My 10 Best Places for Pizza in Rome

Not all pizza is equal. And in Rome there certainly ain’t no shortage of places to eat one!  From the pizzeria to small pizza al taglio joints, options are plentiful. From Roman pizza (the paper thin, almost charred version) to Neapolitan (the one with a thicker crust), to the best marinara slice I’ve ever tasted – in my life – here are my 10 favourites. And if you want to keep

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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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Dinner with (Super) Bonci

Food Coma: The feeling of listlessness, bordering on sleep, that one feels after eating a large meal, often caused by a rush of blood to the stomach and intestines during food digestion. (Urban Dictionary) If a large meal is what causes a food coma, then I’m suffering from a chronic one! Tonight with friends I dined at the uber modern, super chic four-storey mega food hall known as Eataly for

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See Naples and Die!

Most people were surprised to hear that given my love of travel and of Italy I’d never been to Naples. Well I have stopped at the port and station countless times en route to Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Ischia and Capri, but never stayed on to see the actual city. So when friends (and one who is actually Neapolitan) invited me to go this weekend, I jumped at the opportunity.

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Ethnic Food in Rome

I hail from Melbourne. Arguably one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It’s where ‘spoilt for choice’ in the diverse food department takes on new meaning. Ethnic food is obviously not the mainstream in Rome or anywhere in Italy for that matter. But in my opinion, it has come a long way in the past decade or so. I remember the first years I spent travelling in Italy,

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More! You know you’re living in Italy when..

These lists usually have a little negative connotation or recount pure Italian absurdities… But here are some that just make me smile and bring me to a happy place 🙂 You can buy pizza by the slice (relatively cheaply) on just about every corner (and while all are not the best quality, even the mediocre pack a good punch) Gelato tastes like its been made by the gods. You can

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Aperitivo Update: Doppiozeroo in Ostiense

Just up the road from my current home in Rome is Doppiozeroo – a very modern looking restaurant and wine bar. In English this means double zero (00) and given they make pizza – and lots of it – I believe the reference is to 00 flour, the Italian all purpose flour used for pasta, pizza, the works. My friend and I headed there for an impromptu aperitivo last night. Being

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How to ‘Rome’ in Melbourne: Pizza

I’ve spent so much time in Italy over the past decade, that when I’m in Melbourne friends and family often ask where I go to experience a little of la dolce vita. And being home for the summer there’s no need to miss out on some authentic Italian experiences. So, I’ve put together some of my picks for pizza – the most recognised Italian dish in the world. You have

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Eating Italy Food Tour

Now I’ve visited Rome as a tourist probably more than 20 times in my life… and now I live here. So why, you might ask, would I even consider doing a food tour of the city? Well a friend of mine here runs Eating Italy Food Tours and after reading the rave reviews he has received, quite simply, I had to see what all the fuss was about (oh and

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