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Some Myths About Rome That Need to Die via Katie Parla

Thanks for posting, ttoommyy! Wow what a totally bizzarre discussion has evolved out of my myths blog post. The comments on Parla Food were so different:)

Here are a few points to clear up confusion expressed in the thread below:
-I live in Rome (and have for over a decade)
-I spend most of my time in Rome, where I teach food and beverage culture to private individuals, as well as at the university level.
-I also report on food and beverage culture in the US, UK & Turkey.
-I am almost done with my Istanbul app, but I am not moving on from Rome
-I don't like Rome (you are right barbarinibee!!!). I love it.
-In general, Roman restaurants serve overcooked meat. I stand by that and if you don't believe me ask any chef who knows her way around a grill.

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Apr 23, 2013
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Some Myths About Rome That Need to Die via Katie Parla

hey allende! the info is on our site, but here it is anyway:

Irene de Vette, a Rotterdam, Holland native, works in Rome as a gastronomic guide and wine educator at vino roma. She holds two sommelier diplomas and is a member of the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (AIS). Irene has a master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University. She has written several cookbooks, many magazine articles and a Rome guide book.

Sarah May Grunwald is originally from California and lived in Australia and Germany before settling in Italy in 2005. She graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in European Humanities and has a sommelier certificate from AIS. Sarah is a professor at the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici where she teaches the course “Wines of Italy”. She is also the co-owner and manager of Antiqua Tours, which offers wine tastings, winery visits and cultural tours in and around Rome.

Hande Leimer, the founder and owner of vino roma, is a certified sommelier, holds the WSET Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits and is a member of AIS. In addition to running vino roma, Hande also consults for restaurants and importers in the US, Germany and Turkey.

Katie Parla has a BA in the History of Art from Yale University, a master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” and a sommelier certificate from the Federazione Italiana Sommelier Albergatori Ristoratori. She regularly reports on dining, wine and beer for internationally renowned publications.

Gina Tringali is a food historian, coffee connoisseur and cook. She has a master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, an MBA from NYU and is a certified sommelier and member of AIS. She worked for the Craft family of restaurants in NYC in business development and marketing and spent some time in the kitchen before relocating to Rome in 2007. She founded GT Food & Travel, a company offering small group and private culinary walking tours and wine tastings, in 2013. Gina also works as a freelance food and travel writer.

The 5 of us have 7 wine certificates have published hundreds of articles and books on food and beverage culture.

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Apr 23, 2013
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Where to Eat in Rome Easter Sunday and Monday

Cesare al Casaletto will be open Sunday lunch and dinner and Monday lunch. Currently fully booked Easter Sunday.

Mar 30, 2013
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Where to Eat in Rome Easter Sunday and Monday

Heads up: La Campana and Flavio are already booked at lunch Easter Sunday

Mar 30, 2013
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Where to Eat in Rome Easter Sunday and Monday

Easter Sunday and Monday are busy dining days so if you haven't already made reservations do so ASAP. Here's what's open:

All’Oro: Creative Roman cuisine in a new space near Piazza del Popolo. Serving a €45 brunch on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday and dinner on Monday only. Book by calling +390697996907.

Antico Arco: Creative cuisine which draws inspiration from the ingredients and recipes of south-central Italy. Expensive, but not excessively so. Open for both lunch and dinner on Easter Sunday and Monday. Call +39065815274 for reservations.

Cul de Sac: This long established wine bar near Piazza Navona has more than 1,500 (mostly Italian) labels and, while the food leaves much to be desired, it is open Easter Sunday and Monday for both lunch and dinner.

Flavio Velavevodetto: moderately priced Roman cuisine with outdoor seating. Open both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday for lunch and dinner. Call +39065744194 for bookings.

Glass: One of Rome's Michelin star venues. located in the heart of Trastevere. open Easter Sunday for dinner. Call +390658335903.

La Torricella: Classic Roman cuisine in a familial setting in Testaccio. Open Sunday and Monday at lunch and dinner. Call +39065746311 to book.

Mesob: One of Rome’s best gastronomic–and budget–destinations, this Ethiopian restaurant will be open both Sunday and Monday at lunch and dinner. Reservations essential for lunch. Call +393382511621.

Pipero al Rex: The one-Michelin star restuarant will serve a 10-course Easter Sunday lunch for €100. Booking essential. Call +39064815702.

Panificio Bonci will be open Easter Sunday and closed Monday. Pizzarium will be closed Sunday and open Monday.

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Mar 30, 2013
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RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS IN SICILY

My suggestion is to work time into the schedule for Palermo!!!

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Mar 27, 2013
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Armondo al Pantheon or Cesare al Casaletto in Rome?

Cesare is fantastic. It takes 20 minutes from Largo Argentina to Cesare at dinner time. It is not far away at all (strange that it is painted as being suburban when it is in a very accessible residential area, which is not at all peripheral by Roman standards). Armando is great tho i have had off dishes there. wine list better at cesare and your oldest can find many vegetarian options there. among these: deep fried gnocchi with pecorino and black pepper sauce.

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Mar 27, 2013
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Rome. Save me from myself

every restaurant does. even the "best" have awful days for banal reasons: personell no-shows, chef has a bad day or a fight with SO, loyal clientele overlook shortcomings, consistency isn't a priority, it's raining, chef is trying to quit smoking therefore cranky, produce delivery doesnt show up, the list goes on.

Mar 27, 2013
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Rome. Save me from myself

@mbfant agree with perilli and love checchino for certain dishes (trippa, coda) but haven't had a great meal there recently. they insist on serving me overcooked pasta, which im sure you will agree is sacrilege. can we all agree that testaccio isnt that satisfying as a dining destination pls? :)

Mar 27, 2013
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Sunday or Monday dinner in Trastavere?

excellent! There should be a new update in the next week or so, so look for that. in the meantime i will be adding a dozen new venues, which will update automotically when you connect to wifi.

book at le mani in pasta 4-5 days ahead. i just called trattoria monti and a) they do take reservations at lunch and b) they are answering the phone at 1:04am to answer such questions. extra brownies points.

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Mar 27, 2013
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Sunday or Monday dinner in Trastavere?

they take lunch ressies

Mar 27, 2013
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Rome. Save me from myself

@vinoroma yes! tram number 8. forgive me? just look at the post hour and I think you'll understand.

@mbfant Re: Agustarello. Every place in Testaccio/Rome/Italy has a bad day...except Cesare. Always spot on.

@jen kalb i think OP deserves the best possible experience and cesare has better food, wine and atmosphere than aforementioned places. I have eaten all the bad food in rome so visitors don't have to:)

Mar 27, 2013
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Monti Area of Rome

so it's not technically Monti, but close-ish: Enoteca Provinicia Romana. It does a brisk lunch business (opens at 1pm, no reservations) and a nice dinner. Very tasty and reasonably priced food and wine, gorgeous setting.

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Mar 26, 2013
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Campo de Fiori wine bars and breakfast

Cafffe Camerino (3 fs!) in Largo Arenula is good for traditional breakfast (cornetto and cappuccino) and for good, cheap cafeteria-style lunch. Beppe e I suoi Formaggi is fantastic for wine and snacks. Andrea De Bellis' new pastry shop in Piazza Paradiso will satisfy any sweets craving.

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Mar 26, 2013
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Good sit-down lunch near Vatican

Definitely Sorpasso, which is going to be the least amount of walking, whether you exit the Vatican complex from the Vatican Museums or Saint Peter's Square. I may even see you there. it is my go-to lunch spot after Vatican tours;)

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Mar 26, 2013
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Rome. Save me from myself

I would ditch Perilli and Flavio and sub in Agustarello (also in Testaccio) and Cesare al Casaletto (the absolute best trattoria in Rome right now). Cesare is a bit further than Osteria Monteverde and Le 3 Zucche (neither of which are particularly good) but absolutely worth a trip. And super easy to reach: just take tram #3 from Largo Argentina or Viale di Trastevere to the end. Agustarello is more rustic than Cesare. Both serve cucina romana, but the styles and atmospheres are so different. back to back shouldnt be repetitive

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Mar 26, 2013
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Sunday or Monday dinner in Trastavere?

Thanks for your app purchase:) La Gensola is indeed a bit pricey and, though their best dish is basically scrambled eggs with bitter greens and pancetta, it is definitely not worth the trip if you don't follow that with their nice fish pastas. You might try Da Teo or Le Mani in Pasta. I also like

You can sit down at Trattoria Monti as late as 215 or 230pm. They should take a booking for that time.

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Mar 26, 2013
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Monti Area of Rome

agree 100% with gillian. Urbana 47 has been mediocre for ages. Monti isn't actually all that exciting. La Barrique is great (and waiting on outdoor seating permit...hopefully granted by July), Fatamorgana is exceptional, Gaudeo is nice for sandwiches (lovely staff but overpriced food), Espressamente is great for coffee, snacks and outdoor patio, al vino al vino is good for wine and snacks, but the rest of the neighborhood offerings are pretty meh. L'asino is cheap at lunch, but dinner is really inconsistent.

Mar 19, 2013
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Eataly Roma

here's a very good article on Eataly Roma http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/07...

Jul 04, 2012
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Rome in August

glass and antico arco are also open all august. confirmed today.

Jul 03, 2012
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Elusive foodie gifts tools and food 2012 thread?

i concur! the acquapazza colatura (which i got at roscioli) is exquisite. makes a great souvenir or gift when paired with some bronze die extruded durum wheat spaghettoni

Jul 03, 2012
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Eataly Roma

looking forward to your report, hande!

Jul 03, 2012
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Eating in and around public markets in Rome.

the new testaccio market has opened and there is a stall called mordi e vai, which sells sandwiches to eat on the fly. gina tringali has the story: http://ginatringali.gtfoodandtravel.com/nuovo-mercato-testaccio-mordi-e-vai-tripe-sandwiches/

here are the venue detials

Mordi e Vai…Gastronomia “romanesca” di Sergio Esposito
Nuovo Mercato Testaccio
Via A. Volta – Box 15
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Jul 03, 2012
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Palermo -- one day and one night -- cheap and good dinner?

defintely piccolo napoli for dinner. be sure to book ahead. don't think there is outdoor seating but it if they do it will wreak of grilled intestines from the nearby food stalls;)

Jul 03, 2012
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Palermo -- one day and one night -- cheap and good dinner?

Antica Focacceria is disgusting, to use the technical term. zia pina is indeed awesome. sant'andrea is super expensive and a let down. it is also not in the vucciria market, but due north. trattoria piccolo napoli (weird name I know) is always great.

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Jul 03, 2012
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Rome in August

flavio is open except august 15. ditto for roscioli. im compiling a list which i will publish on my blog but i don't think it will be much different than this post from last year

http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/when-rome-shuts-down-in-august-where-to-eat/

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Jul 03, 2012
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article in the observer: taxi driver recommended roman restaurants

like so many rome food pieces covered by the guardian, this one is rubbish.

Jun 18, 2012
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article in the observer: taxi driver recommended roman restaurants

L'Arcangelo uses rigatoni or calle. Roscioli (which actually has the best carbonara in town with way better ingredients than perilli...and at only a euro or 2 more) uses spaghetti from a producer in abruzzo.

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Jun 18, 2012
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article in the observer: taxi driver recommended roman restaurants

spaghetti and rigatoni are both common pastas to serve alla carbonara in rome

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Jun 17, 2012
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Pizzeria for dinner in the center of Rome?

Monteverde, Portuense, and Nomentana are not the outskirts of the city. It takes 15 min to get to La Gatta from Largo Argentina on the tram. From Termini, Tonda is a 20 min bus ride. Even sfrono is only 25 min on the metro from temini and it is the only location mentioned that is even close to being the periphery.

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Jun 15, 2012
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