HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Secondo Tradizione: Where Michelin meets Salumeria

Before I start, don’t let the title mislead you. Secondo Tradizione is not a Michelin star joint. But chefs Piero & Jacopo -who are the stars of the show here – are of Rome’s Il Pagliaccio (two Michelin stars) fame. They both worked under Anthony Genovese at Il Pagliaccio for three years and he played a heavy hand in consulting on the menu. The restaurant is an outpost of the historic salumeria

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Chinappi: Seafood feasting in the heart of Rome 

Recently I had a very special seafood feast. I wasn’t at beach or holidaying on the coast. I was right by Piazza Fiume in central north Rome at Chinappi; a local family-run institution for many years – one I hadn’t come across in my food adventures across the eternal city! With a restaurant and fish supply from the coastal town of Lazio’s Formia and beyond, owners, Stefano and Elena make you feel

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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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HeartRome Review: Marzapane

With its designer tones and clean wooden lines, sitting inside Rome’s Marzapane restaurants, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re dining somewhere else, perhaps in Scandinavia.  Alba Esteve Ruiz is a young Spanish chef. She trained in none other than El Celler de Can Roca, consistently named by many an illustrious guide, the best restaurant in the world. Her roman kitchen might not have been awarded accolades of the same

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Irene: Sassy Tuscan dining in the very heart of Florence

The first time I visited Florence I was in my early 20s. (I won’t say how long ago that was.) Traveling through Italy, I wanted to eat local and back then, Italian cuisine kind of meant this homogenous term, loosely defined by pizza and pasta. Those were the days when the term foodie wasn’t even part of the vocabulary and chefs like the celebrity ones of late weren’t household names.

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Seasonal dining. A Rome Review: Zest Bar & Restaurant, Radisson Blu Es.

Food in Italy is dictated by seasons. Whatever is fresh and in season is generally what you see on menus. In Rome, you don’t even have to know what month it is to easily work it out by walking past your local trattoria and seeing what’s on the board. For instance, I know it’s winter when I see puntarelle (locally grown endive) and spring and summer when I see eggplants

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Melbourne Dining: Cutler & Co

Yes I come back to Melbourne every year to see my family and friends and spend the holidays with them. And yes I also come home to eat! Melbourne is a melting pot of cuisine and is Australia’s dining capital. Chefs from around the world have even set up camp here of late – from Heston Blumenthal to the guys from Sweden’s, Noma. Just about every cuisine to fusion twists

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Where to Cocktail in Rome 

I do love a cocktail. But I’m not a spritz girl and admittedly when you live in Italy this can make for some awkward moments at the bar.  But about a year ago, thanks to a friend, I discovered the Hugo. This cocktail, popular in north Italy has slowly (in true Italian style) made its way to Rome and more and more bars are starting to feature it on their

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Rome Restaurant Week Continues: Metamorfosi

I don’t venture to the Parioli neighbourhood of Rome that often, so let’s say that when I do, I make it count. I dined with my favourite fellow Rome blogger and friend, Browsing Rome on Friday at the acclaimed Metamorfosi. And what an experience it was. From the crisp, clean and stylish ambience to the impeccable service, to most importantly – the fine, fine food. Here the plates are crafted

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Rome Restaurant Week 2012

Restaurant Week is on again in Rome. It’s when you get to try a surprise 3 course meal (for lunch or dinner) at some of the city’s best restaurants for a set price of €25. Drinks are separate of course. More than 80 restaurants across Rome participated with some Michelin star rated places too (add a lazy €10 to the menu for that!). By the time I got to booking

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