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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.

best food markets in rome

The 6 Best Markets in Rome for Foodies

A Guide to Rome’s Top Food Markets

In spite of the gradual influx of supermarkets, commercialisation and modern changes in culture and habits, Rome still has several authentic neighbourhood food markets which provide a welcome respite from the crowds and transport you into the rhythm of daily life in Rome.  

perfect-food-tour-rome

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:

Prosciutto Crudo Italy

by Kate Zagorski

A Guide to Italian Prosciutto Crudo

The word ‘prosciutto’ simply means ham in Italian and may be with ‘crudo’ (dry-cured) or ‘cotto’ (cooked). Generally, the word denotes the cured variety, the production of which dates back to ancient times, when the process of salting and drying was used to preserve meat. Nowadays there are many types of prosciutto, ranging from salty to sweet, from delicately smooth to more robust textures.

Castel Sant'Angelo at night

7 Unique and Fun Things to Do in Rome

By Kate Zagorski

Unusual ways to experience the Eternal City

Everyone knows the major monuments of Rome. The Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps are on every visitor’s checklist and remain unmissable parts of the city. But Rome is a complex, vibrant place which stretches beyond its immediately recognisable sights. To get a real feel for the city sometimes it is good to take a look from another point of view; be it through the food, architecture, history or people.

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.

Visit Testaccio market food tours Rome

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.

Best Italian Cheese Shops in Rome eating in italy

Best Italian Cheese Shops in Rome

By Kate Zagorski

Our 5 Favorite Places in Rome to Buy Italian Cheese

One of the great joys of visiting the Eternal City is sampling and buying Italian cheese, which is widely available across town but may be harder to find (or considerably more expensive) back home. Whether you want to buy and eat right away, or vacuum seal your purchases for travel, this is the Local Aromas pick of the best Italian cheese shops in Rome.

Salami and cheese for sale in Rome

Rome Survival Guide: How to Shop for Food in Rome

by Kate Zagorski

Grocery Shopping in Italy

One of the true pleasures any food lover can experience in the Eternal City is perusing the city’s small delicatessens, bakeries and markets. For many inhabitants, shopping for food in Rome is a social activity rather than a chore, a chance to interact with and support their local community. A strong focus is placed on quality over quantity and if a product does not live up to expectation the locals will vote with their feet and never come back. Likewise, if customers are impressed they will return and return, and tell their friends.

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