HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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The 25 HeartRome Dining Highlights of 2015 

To say I had some unforgettable dining experiences in 2015 would be an understatement. I work in food tourism, I blog about food and travel and eat for a living. I was also given the honour this year of reviewing around 40+ Rome restaurants (in less than 40 days) for a world renowned travel guide (due to be published in May 2016 and more to be announced in due course).

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Arrivederci Roma 2015

2015. Another year in Rome said and done for me. As I sat down to write this post, like always, I felt a wave of emotion. It’s always sad to say goodbye to my adopted city, but what awaits in Melbourne very much outweighs the melancholy. It’s been a trying few months for me in Rome with some (not serious) health issues and a grueling work and travel schedule. So

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4 years in Rome. Has living here changed me?

This week I celebrated my 4 year Rome anniversary.  These are the moments in life, the milestones, if you like, where you stop for a minute and reflect. Rome has changed me. Depending on perspective, in a very positive way. Yes, change is a part of life. As people, we constantly change, we grow, we evolve. Still, when family or friends back home jokingly say to me, “You’ve changed!” or

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Stazione di Posta: Where Rome’s Old and New Meld into One

Have you ever eaten in an old slaughterhouse? Well I did recently! And not just any old slaughterhouse. The ex-mattatoio in Testaccio site now houses the MACRO museum, the Citta dell’altra Economia and a Michelin star restaurant and is a place which played a most significant role in the birth of roman cuisine (read more about this in my post about cucina romana).   Stazione di Posta, the brainchild of young roman

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Italy beyond the big cities: Lazio’s Ciociaria is a true find

There’s a real problem with exploring Italy and all it has to offer. It’s the same problem I face in Rome. Getting to know it as a traveller over the course of 15 years and living here for 4 – there’s simply too much to see! I keep ticking things off my list and adding threefold as I go. It’s never-ending and this is what I love about it the

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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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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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Casa Fabri: A home cooked Sunday lunch with a view

I go to and get invited to a lot of events in Rome. But today I had the pleasure of being a part of something really special. Roman with Umbrian origins, Fabrizio Lupi worked as a brand manager and in corporate marketing for years. But from a young age had a passion for food and cooking. So he walked away from his career and started Casa Fabri. Basically he offers

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Gelato in Rome

My gelato pics have been getting a bit of buzz on social media lately so thought I would share some of them on here with you all. I’m a dessert person (as many of you will know or have guessed) but gelato was never really my thing. Until I moved to Italy that is. I don’t really discriminate (well it has to be real deal gelato of course) but in

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Samba and Sushi = Sambamaki in Rome

My first attempt at dining at Rome’s new Brazilian style Japanese cocktail and sushi bar, Sambamaki didn’t go too well. I headed over with a friend for a 10:30pm booking on a Monday night (US and Australian readers you read right) and we were impressed by the word go! By the funky venue, the look of the plates coming out of the kitchen (and the smell!) and the cocktails we

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