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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
By Kate Zagorski
What you should be eating in Rome at Easter
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.
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…