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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.

pizza bianca and pizza rossa in Rome

Rome’s Best Pizza By The Slice

By Kate Zagorski

Where to eat the most delicious pizza al taglio in Rome

For a tasty snack or quick lunch in Rome you can’t go wrong with pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice). Across the city there are thousands of small takeaway shops and bakeries selling this popular street food which is priced by the kilogram then simply sold by weight. Unlike the more traditional sit-down pizzeriaspizza al taglio is an altogether more informal affair and will cost you just a few euros.

St Peter's basilica at sunset

5 Unusually Romantic Things to Do in Rome on Valentine’s Day

By Kate Zagorski

What to do on Valentine’s Day in Rome

Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world and a top destination for a Valentine’s Day getaway or an amorous escape at any time of the year. However, while iconic sights such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the Piazza Navona are undoubtedly spectacular, some lesser-known parts of the city also provide a beautiful backdrop to dine, kiss or perhaps even propose…

Tiuamisu

New Year Recipe: Tiramisù with Pandoro

By Kate Zagorski

The best way to use up leftover Pandoro

The New Year doesn’t just bring new resolutions, it also brings leftovers from the festive feasting of the previous week. One thing that Italians are good at is re-utilising what they have, especially in the kitchen where some of the best recipes are created from excess food. This recipe uses one of Italy’s famous Christmas cakes, Pandoro or ‘golden bread’. These tall, star-shaped sponges are usually served after Christmas meals, dusted with icing sugar as an alternative to the heavier, fruitier panettone.

Lasagna christmas

Lasagne alla Bolognese: The Recipe

By Kate Zagorski

The perfect dish for a big family celebration: Lasagne alla Bolognese

Although there is no one fixed dish served for Christmas dinner in Italy, the general emphasis is on hearty, robust, decadent food. A traditional lasagna with its layers of rich ragù, creamy béchamel sauce and silky egg pasta tick all the boxes and can be prepared in large quantities, making it the ideal dish for a big family celebration.  

Panettoni hanging upside down

What to Eat in Rome this Christmas

By Kate Zagorski

Christmas Holidays in Rome

The beginning of December sees Rome take on a festive shine as twinkling Christmas lights and sparkling baubles start to adorn the Eternal City’s streets, monuments and piazzas. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th December is a public holiday and the traditional day for Italian families to dress the Christmas tree. It signals the start of the Yuletide period which concludes with Epiphany on the 6th January.

row of cheese

Raw-Milk Cheese

By Benedetta Bianchini

The ingredients of cheese

Cheese is a magic product created (by mistake or pure luck) thousands of years ago. Today this mistake brings such moments of happiness to all cheese lovers out there.  If you actually stop and think about it, this incredible bundle of joy is actually only made with 4 ingredients: Milk, salt, rennet and microbes! But it’s the quality of the main ingredient that makes the world of a difference.

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.

Typical Easter brunch in Rome

8 Things to Eat in Rome this Easter

By Kate Zagorski

What you should be eating in Rome during the Easter holiday

Pasqua is an important event in the Italian calendar in terms of both religion and food. As with all major holidays, the Italians prepare special cakes and pastries just for Easter and, while the recipes and customs may differ from region to region, the majority of dishes will feature eggs (symbol of new life) or lamb (in reference to the lamb of God). 

In Rome, Easter Sunday usually kicks of with an abundant breakfast of salami, cheese and eggs before moving on to a large lunch, usually roast lamb, and finishing up with a slice of colomba, the traditional Easter cake.

Artichokes Rome Market

7 Vegetables You Should Eat in Rome in Spring

By Kate Zagorski

What you should buy at the market in Rome in springtime

Following the seasons is the best way to guarantee freshness, flavour and value when shopping for food in Rome.  The beginning of spring in Rome is a wonderful time for fresh vegetables at the city’s produce markets. The tail end of the colder months means that the winter favourites linger on, while the start of the new season brings with it the bright, vibrant taste of longer, sunnier days.

Supplì alla Carbonara

Where to Eat the Best Supplì in Rome

By: Kate Zargoski

Supplì, Rome’s favorite street food

Without a doubt the Romans’ most beloved fried snack is the supplì. These fried rice balls are on sale across the city in pizzerias and street food shops and are the perfect choice for a hearty, comforting bite on the go at any time of day.  

Panettone Christmas Italy

7 Addresses for the Best Artisanal Panettone in Rome

By Kate Zagorski

The real artisanal panettone experience in Rome

As the festive season hits the Eternal City, panettone fever takes over. Although originally a Milanese recipe, no Italian home would be without this traditional cake over Christmas time. Characterized by its tall, domed shape, the sweet, bread-like dough for panettone is proved for several days giving it a distinctive light texture and is studded with dried and candied fruits before baking.  

Gnocchi at Gli Ulivi

Our 6 Favorite Family-Run Restaurants in Rome for a Christmas Feast

By Kate Zagorski

Top 6 family-run restaurants in Rome

While there is nowhere quite like Rome at Christmas time, travelling away from family during the holiday period can prompt feelings of homesickness. Luckily Rome has an abundance of friendly, family-run restaurants ready to provide you with a warm welcome, comforting food and a convivial atmosphere, making you feel right at home.

Fresh seasonal vegetables from Rome

The Secret of Roman Cuisine: Simple and Less is More

By Valeria Bianchini

Shopping at local food markets for fresh produce

Before wearing our aprons and turning on the stove, many Italians start at the local food market to buy fresh produce. It’s not simply shopping for food. It’s more of a ritual. Through time, you learn to select the vendors that best suit your needs and standards. They are people you see and interact with at least twice a week.

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Group of friends eating gelato in Rome