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My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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I Heart Rome: The Book

Today was a big day. No I mean, really big! I submitted the manuscript for I Heart Rome the book. All 40,000 words, over 300 photos (some of which you can preview here), interviews, stories and 70 recipes that together share my Rome with you. The book is scheduled for worldwide release in October this year which means from now until then, there’s still a LOT to be done. But

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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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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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New York Food & Travel Guide… for when you’ve been before

New York. New York New York. Ol’ blue eyes sure got it in one when he sang: “…A city that never sleeps.”. Throw a borderline-insomniac-adrenalin freak like me into the mix and you can bet that the first time (and the second and third) I visited the big apple I hardly shut eye!     I’ve always said you feel like you’re in the centre of the universe when you’re in Manhattan. It

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L’Arrosticinaro: Can one really eat Arrosticini in Rome?

I swore to myself (and to a few others) that I would never eat arrosticini outside of Abruzzo. I had in the past and it just always ended badly. The people of Abruzzo take arrosticini making and eating very seriously! And so do I. These skewers of mutton are cooked on a flame and sprinkled with just the right dose of salt. In Abruzzo that is. In Rome or anywhere

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La Fraschetta di Castel Sant’Angelo: in the Heart of Rome

Going to a fraschetta-type restaurant in Rome is always entertaining.  Going to a fraschetta in Rome on the night that Roma wins the derby (against Lazio). Well that’s another story!  A fraschetta is the name given to the casual style places historically found in the Castelli Romani (the Roman countryside where towns like Frascati, Albano, Ariccia and Grottaferrata sit) and where you’d go to eat porchetta and drink wine in

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Where to eat in Rome’s Monti 

The centre of Rome is sectioned into 22 rioni (districts) of which Monti is number 1. Sitting in the shadow of the Colosseum, the name  Monti translates to hilltop and is derived from the fact that parts of the Esquiline, Viminal, Quirinal and Caelian Hills belonged historically to this area.  Because of its location, it boasts the most popular of Roman archeological sights – again, that little thing called the Colosseum, the

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La Pajata Returns to Rome: A Guide to (the real) Roman Cuisine 

La Pajata has finally returned to roman menus. I don’t like the dish but I’m a traditionalist and like to see cucina romana (roman cuisine) and culinary traditions preserved. So, what exactly is La Pajata, you may be thinking?  It’s a dish prepared with the intestines of unweaned baby calves. So given they’ve only been feeding off their mothers milk, their intestines are full of the stuff and when cooked

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Where to Eat in Trastevere

Too often I read that there is nowhere to eat well in Rome’s Trastevere. That it’s only for tourists. Well I for one, can vouch that I live and eat here and am not a tourist. And while there is a very large community of foreigners – in particular, a large contingent of American university students – there are many Romans who still cal Trastevere home and many more who

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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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