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Regional delights in the heart of Rome: Part 3

This is the third and final instalment of Buzz in Rome’s post about where to find the best of Italian regional cuisine in the eternal city. If you haven’t been to the south of Italy or Sardegna, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on! I’ve had some of the best meals of my life in Italy’s south.  Ricotta cannoli in Taormina, Sicily; the best sword fish with capers

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Regional delights in the heart of Rome: Part 2

Thanks again to Buzz in Rome for our second instalment of regional cuisine in the eternal city.  This post is my favourite of the three as it covers central Italy, wherein lays Abruzzo – the region of my heritage and very close to my heart.  The mountainous area where my parents were born is of course renowned for its pork, lamb and salume (cold meats like prosciutto and salami).  And

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Regional delights in the heart of Rome: Part 1

Visiting Rome anytime soon? Or maybe – like me – you’re lucky enough to be living in the eternal city? This month I’m pleased to have a guest blogger Buzz in Rome to provide some recommendations for those of you who want to take an Italian regional culinary journey through Rome. Italian cuisine is so varied among the 20 regions of Italy that specialties can be different from one small

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Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Rome. The eternal city. Breathtakingly beautiful with the infuriating ability to make you love it one minute and hate it the next… and then love it all over again. As the famous old proverbs say: ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, ‘When in Rome, do as Romans do’ or ‘All roads lead to Rome’. And another I came across recently, that rings true, “For someone who has never seen Rome,

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Italy says no to Rome’s 2020 Olympic bid

It was just announced by Italy’s Premier Mario Monti, that the Italian Government will not support the city of Rome’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games – and for good reason. You may have noticed that the country is sort of in the midst of a little financial crisis! And with the bid estimated to set Italy back approximately €12.5 billion, the decision is obviously being hailed by many economists

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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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Snow in the eternal city

As I sit outdoors in Melbourne at 1am and the temperature hovers around 20 degrees celsius (after peaking at almost 30 during the day), it’s hard to imagine that it is actually snowing in my other home town of Rome right now! Yes – snowing! And yes, this is strange! While this would not make news in any other northern hemisphere European capital, snow in Rome is about as rare

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Rome Markets: My Top 5 Picks

Nothing screams life more than visiting a market in Rome! Lively and colorful I love walking through a mercato in Rome and getting lost in the sights, smells and sounds. They provide a snapshot into the life of local Roman traders. In fact, nothing is more entertaining than watching the sometimes explosive interaction between stall holders, butchers or fish mongers (all in a tirade of beautiful Roman dialect or Romanaccio)

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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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Buon Appetito! Roman Recipes – Ricette Romane

I’ve had some email and other requests recently to actually post the recipes of all these fantastic Roman dishes I’ve been blogging about… so by popular demand here they are. If however you prefer to follow the recipes in Italian, check out this fantastic site with recipes to almost every Roman plate you can think of: http://www.romaspqr.it/roma/Ricette_romane.htm Also regarding the cooking of the pasta, I presume most people know of

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