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Eating Fish in Rome

6 Seafood Dishes You Need to Try in Rome

While Rome’s traditional cuisine seems to rely heavily on meat and dairy with pork products and sheep cheese being the principal players, the Italian capital lies just 20 miles from the coast meaning that seafood dishes are easy to come by. Tuesday and Friday are the principal days for buying fresh fish, but you can find plenty of fishy options almost every day in the city’s restaurants, or travel a short distance to the nearby coastal resorts for a fish-based meal with a sea view.

These are our favourite authentic fish dishes to eat in Rome:

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Pasta with Fresh Herbs: Recipe

Pasta con Erbette Fresche – An Easy Italian Recipe for Summer

The Local Aromas Italian recipe series continues with this deliciously simple family recipe from our chef Angelo.

This quick, tasty, recipe is perfect for the hot temperatures of summer in Italy. It combines the wonderful fresh flavour of herbs, a background hint of garlic, the fruity tang of good olive oil and the savory hit of parmesan. Italian food is all about ‘less is more’ and this recipe uses just a few ingredients to allow the fresh flavors to truly shine. And the best thing is that, aside from boiling the pasta, there is no cooking required!

Aperol Spritz aperitivo Rome

How to Aperitivo Like an Italian

A Guide to Pre-dinner Drinks in Rome

If you stroll through Rome in the early evening you can’t fail to see locals congregate at the city’s bars for a drink and some snacks. Aperitivo time in Italy is a serious business; a moment at the end of a busy day to kick-back, relax, socialize and gossip. Want to join in? Here is Local Aromas’ handy guide on how to aperitivo like a local. 

Roman Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes: Recipe

Pomodori con il Riso – An Italian Summer Recipe

In the first of Local Aromas’ new Italian recipe series we introduce you to a classic Roman summer dish which is not commonly found on restaurant menus but is often prepared in the home for a fresh lunch or picnicPomodori con il Riso makes the most of Rome’s glut of tomatoes in the summer months, using them to hold a herby rice stuffing before being baked in the oven on a bed of potatoes to soak up the excess juices.

summer vegetables in Rome

What to Eat in Rome in Summer

What you should buy at the market in Rome in summertime

Food in Italy follows the seasons and summer brings a wealth of fresh produce to the markets of Rome. After the delicate greens of spring, vivid Mediterranean vegetables and ripe, succulent fruits are filled with the taste of sunshine. Italian summer recipes are light and simple to combat the high temperatures, and mean that you can happily indulge in some guilt-free gelato for dessert!

Best bars and restaurants in Testaccio Rome

Where to Eat and Drink in Testaccio

Top Ten Bars and Restaurants in Testaccio

Just two metro stops from the Colosseum and an easy hop across the Tiber from Trastevere, Rome’s southern district of Testaccio is one of the city’s best areas for those searching for an authentic culinary experience and some good Roman food. Even the Romans themselves come here to shop at the neighborhood market, grab a pre-dinner drink with friends or head to one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants for some of the best food and wine in the city.

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Find Your Perfect Food Tour in Rome

How to Choose a Roman Food and Wine Experience

Rome is one of the top gastronomic destinations in the world making it the ideal place to take a food tour or wine tasting. However, with such an overwhelming choice of culinary tours to choose from, how can you pick the best experience for you?
Read our top tips for selecting the perfect food and wine tour in Rome to suit your needs:

Eating out in restaurants in Rome

Eat Like an Italian in Rome

Dining Out in Rome: What You Need to Know

It is no secret that Italians live to eat don’t eat to live. Daily life revolves around food and the simple pleasure of eating good food in good company is an fundamental part of the culture. In a country with wonderful local produce and a rich culinary heritage dining out is a delicious way to experience Italy like a local so here is the Local Aromas guide on when, where and how to eat in Rome like an Italian. 

reasons to visit Rome in august

Visiting Rome in August

5 Reasons to Visit Rome During August

Ask any Roman and they will tell you to get out of town during August. Long-regarded as the time for annual vacations, until relatively recently the city would completely shut down for the whole month as the locals escaped to the cooler climes of the mountains or head to the beach to recharge. The national holiday on the 15th August (the Feast of the Assumption, commonly known as Ferragosto) is an important occasion and most Italians organise their vacations around that date, but the recognition that there is a need to provide services for tourists and those who stay in the city means that Rome still has plenty to offer visitors during this period.

Here are 5 reasons why Rome in August is actually not a bad idea:

cooking classes with a view in Rome

Taking a Cooking Class in Rome

5 Reasons to Book a Local Aromas Cooking Class

For a fun and delicious experience in Rome look no further than a cooking class. What could be better than spending a few hours in good company as you laugh, learn and cook with an Italian chef, picking up skills and recipes that will stay with you for the rest of your life. We would love to welcome you to the Local Aromas kitchen so if you need any more convincing to take one of our cooking classes in Rome read on for five very good reasons:

Best craft beer bars in Rome

Where to Drink Italian Beer in Rome

5 of the Best Craft Beer Bars in Rome

Although most people associate Italy with wine, the last decade has seen the Italian beer scene develop at breakneck speed as the Italians adopted a love for the production and consumption of artisanal beers. Until relatively recently beer consumption in Rome was centred around the ubiquitous Irish pubs or a palate-cleansing Peroni with a pizza, with just a handful of craft beer establishments. Nowadays beer-drinking in Rome is a more sophisticated affair with many excellent bars and pubs offering a huge selection of beers from both Italy and beyond.

best gelato in rome

A Quick Guide to Italian Gelato

How to Spot Real Gelato in Rome

Gelato is a year-round indulgence in Rome, but with the rising summer temperatures, gelato season really kicks off and gelaterias seem to pop up on every corner of the city. Unfortunately, the majority of the city’s ice-cream shops serve a poor imitation of real Italian gelato, preferring to save time and increase profit by selling fake concoctions of powders, colorings and flavorings, as a opposed to the real deal made with fresh ingredients. But how do you know what is good and what is bad? Take a look at the Local Aromas handy guide to finding great gelato in Rome.

Where to Buy Wine in Rome

Our Favorite Wine Shops in Rome

It is no surprise that there are many places to buy wine in Rome. While most of the city’s supermarkets and delis carry a good selection of cheap plonk, for something a little bit special the locals will head to their nearest ‘enoteca’ to pick up a bottle. Somewhat confusingly the word ‘enoteca’ covers any establishment that is vaguely wine-related; from bottle shops to hole-in-the-wall wine bars, to smart restaurants with an extensive wine list. In theory all of these will sell you a bottle to take away (‘da asporto’) but the dedicated stores generally have a wider selection, good prices and staff on hand to guide your selection.

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Testaccio Market Food Tours in Rome

Introducing Our Brand New Testaccio Market Food Tours

The neighbourhood of Testaccio is often cited as having some of the best food in Rome, so Local Aromas are proud and excited to announce two new Testaccio Market food tours. 

Come with us as we peel back the layers of Roman cuisine from ancient times until today, tracing the history of the neighbourhood and its development and eating as we go.

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