HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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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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6 different Carbonara experiences in Rome

Soccer, religion, politics. Day-in, day-out, these are the things that are debated along the boot-shaped peninsula that is Italy. But one thing causes more debate in Rome than any of these topical three. The age-old carbonara. How it’s made, where it’s best eaten, the number of eggs, pancetta (from the pork belly) vs guanciale (from the pork cheek), spaghetti or rigatoni, Pecorino Romano and/or Parmigiano Reggiano, whole eggs or a

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10 things you should know about Italian wine

This week, I was a guest of Eating Italy Food Tours at their new, Italian Food and Wine Journey. This new and exciting venture brings together a certified Roman sommelier, a cozy little restaurant tucked right away from the tourist hordes, a lot of wine and up to 8 food and wine enthusiasts with an appetite (or should I say, thirst!) to learn. Marco Lori, our consummate host and Eating

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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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Mazzo: Young Roman Chefs Inspire

I love the excitement of dining at a restaurant I’ve never been to. Well especially when that restaurant is Mazzo, The Fooders. I’ve read much about it over the past few months and my lovely friends at Pepper Restaurant and one of my fave Rome food bloggers, Rachel Roddy have spoken so highly of the place that tonight, with a few friends, we made the trek out to Rome’s Centocelle

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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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Short Trips from Rome: Castelli Romani & Frascati

While Rome is positioned well for travel across the country and the European continent, if you’re in town and looking for a weekend away or a day trip, look no further than the Castelli Romani and Frascati. The Castelli Romani is umbrella term given to a series of towns in the Roman countryside. Lying southeast of the city at the foot of the Alban Hills, the area is rich in

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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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Live on 10Best: USA Today Travel – Roman Holiday for First Timers

“So it’s your first time in Rome? While exciting, it can also be a little daunting. This living, breathing museum of ancient history is packed full of things to do, but with a little planning you will get to experience the main sights – just enough to get a taste and plan your return trip.” – 10Best, USA Today Travel Click here to read my first article as the Rome

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