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Italian Desserts to Eat in Rome

The 9 Best Sweets and Desserts to Try in Rome

Even if you do not have a sweet tooth it is hard to resist the wonderful sugary treats on offer in Rome. Whether it’s a warm cornetto for breakfast in the morning, a post-lunch gelato fix or a decadent dessert after dinner, Rome’s selection of cookies, pastries, cakes and puddings can put a smile on your face at any time of day. 

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Best Rome Food and Travel Blogs

Our Favorite Rome Bloggers to Follow

If you are looking for some real insight when planning your trip to Rome then bloggers are a good place to start. While traditional guidebooks and travel websites are a useful resource, nowadays the advent of the travel blogger has opened up the world of local, personal reviews and experiences, paired with up-to-date, real time information.

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The 10 Best Pizza Restaurants in Rome

Our Favorite Places to Eat Pizza in Rome

Pizza needs no explanation. This simple dish of dough topped with cheese and tomatoes (or whatever you fancy) has spread from its humble origins in Naples to conquer the globe, and is nowadays one of the most popular foods on the planet. But although you can find pizza in almost every country of the world, there is nothing like eating authentic pizza in Italy.

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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. 

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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A Guide to Porchetta in Rome

Porchetta: What is it? (And where should you eat it?)

In Rome there exists a delicious thing and that thing is called porchetta. A large, deboned piece of pork seasoned with salt and herbs before being slow-roasted to create a crispy skin exterior and moist, aromatic meat within, porchetta is a little piece of heaven for meat-lovers.

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How to Make Perfect Basil Pesto

Pasta with Pesto alla Genovese: the Recipe

Hailing from the town of Genoa in the northern region of Liguria, pesto has found its way across the world to secure its place as one of Italy’s best-loved sauces. The name ‘pesto’ derives from the Genoese word pestâ which means to crush or pound, referring to the preparation method of pounding fresh basil leaves along with pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, pecorino cheese, salt and extra virgin olive oil. This releases the fragrant flavors creating a versatile paste which can be served with pasta, spread on bruschetta or used as an accompaniment to meat and fish. 

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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!

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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.

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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!

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