The season for fennel, orange, pasta e ceci, porcini funghi and all things that should comfort you in the winter months are back and bright on the menu. However so are the skies, incredible blue skies each day here in Rome, warm sunshine and Christmas trees looking decidedly out of place with their back drop of Romans adorned with sunglasses and shirtsleeves. We’re not complaining, we’re just enjoying the best of both….
Feast your eyes on the Aperitivo bites we enjoyed last night at Rome’s Secret Supper Club….
- 3 incredibly fun and food loving guests
- 1 super talented teacher and chef (& her helper!)
- 1 coffee stop
- 1 tour of Mercato Trionfale
- 6 dishes of beautiful Roman cuisine
- Many hours sipping local wine, discussing foodie highlights in Rome, learning new recipes and making new friends Continue reading
With the help of sensible non-Berlusconi owned newspaper Il Messaggero, we share the top 10 places to get coffee in Rome. Some of which we have been to, others not yet, and some of our own favourites have not been … Continue reading
27 Agosto 2012
A fantastic evening with all the right ingredients:
1. 5 fantastic guests
2. Fresh ingredients from Mercato Trionfale
I was excited about spending a lazy morning in the newly opened Eataly in Rome but in the main because of the draw of it’s air conditioning, in what has been an exceedingly hot month or two in Rome. Eataly is the newest ‘fratellino’ of the Turin-based chain founded in 2003 by Oscar Farinetti. An “American”-style huge food outlet together with a choice of eateries. Now, I have done some reading to see how Eataly was appealing to both the locals and the more critical food bloggers resident in the city. The consensus seems to be that it is too big and brash and that Rome doesn’t need this injection of mall style shopping when it is full of genuine and fresh food markets and authentic small grocery shops, full of artisan products, on every street corner. However I must admit I very much enjoyed my experience there; yes it is of course really just a huge/aspirational supermarket, but when every other country in the world has this as an option, why not, especially when food is so incredibly important to the locals, shouldn’t Rome have that additional choice too?
Having met the Chef of Backdoor47 we thought we would share his comments and thoughts after our conversation. Looking forward to meeting Rob again on Sunday for a tour of the Castelli Romani.
Rome, the cradle of Western European culture: almost 2000 years of history, capital of one of the greatest empires ever known, centre of one the most followed religious cults, crowdy, noisy, laid back (almost lazy) and sweaty as it can be. As the Romans like to say : “If the world is tumbling down, I will just step back and go the opposite way”. From the post-war times of La Dolce Vita to the last Woody Allen’s movie picture, The Eternal City always attracted the foreigners with its charm, romance and again laid back lifestyle and made them dream about how lovely would be having the Pope in your neighbourhood 😛
I don’t know how many British people actually made the move following the steps of Keats and Shelley but I can tell that at Bar del Fico, where yesterday I met the mysterious protagonists of this post, English is everything…
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