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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.


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.

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