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Eating Out in Rome

As you might expect, when it comes to eating out, in Rome you will be faced by a large range of options: from the exclusive cuisine of some of the most famous international chefs to the traditional, hearty ‘Romanesca’ fare in all its manifold variations. Needless to say, the only way to really understand the heart and soul of Rome is by tasting its culinary splendors in a popular restaurant.

Eating out is part of life in Rome. It used to be said that in Rome it was cheaper to eat out than to purchase the same ingredients in a store and cook them at home. That may no longer be true, but you can still find cheap places to eat if you know where to look.

Testaccio is one of the areas in which to find traditional restaurants serving the local specialities, especially in the area surrounding the disused abattoir The district of Trastevere is also a great place to find good restaurants, and inside the Ghetto you’ll find several places offering Jewish cuisine as well as unique variations on traditional themes.

Surprisingly enough, some restaurants in the heart of the tourist centres, where red-checked table clothes swing from tables and waiters try to lure you in with their version of charm, are extremely good value. Via del Latore beside the Trevi Fountain has a number of such eateries.

If you like exotic and oriental cuisine, be advised that restaurants in Rome are pretty much confined to those of the native variety and, while you will find establishments serving Chinese, Indian, Mexican and Thai food, the standard is not as high as other major world cities. However, this is not going to be a real issue, as, once you have eaten in any of the traditional Italian restaurants, you simply won’t even consider trying anything different.

Pizzerias and trattorias are definitely the most popular places to dine in Rome: informal, economical and with speedy service, they are home to ‘pizza alla romana’, which has a thin crust and a crispy edge, as opposed to the soft raised crusts of the Neapolitan variety. You’ll find pizzerias in every corner of the city, but Trastevere offers an especially wide choice of pizza places with wood fueled ovens (these give the pizza a more intense flavor).

If you go the pizza route, in addition to the pizza, don’t miss other delicious Roman offerings easily found at any reputable pizzeria, such as ‘suppl?l telefono’ (fried rice balls with mozzarella filling), potato croquettes, fried cod fillets, fried pumpkin flowers, and ‘bruschetta’ (slices of toasted bread topped with tomato, garlic and olive oil).

Traditional Roman cuisine stems from a time when people cannot afford a meal made with meat, and therefore had to use offal, which at that time was definitely more affordable. Over the centuries, traditional dishes like – coda alla vaccinara’ (oxtail cooked with wine, tomatoes and peppers), ‘pajata’ (veal’s offal cooked in a tomato sauce), ‘abbacchio alla scottadito’ (grilled lamb chop) and ‘trippa alla romana’ (Roman style tripe), have come to be considered as delicacies and are eaten by even the most refined palates.

Roman cuisine has a great tradition of pasta dishes often made with ‘guanciale’ (cured pork cheek) and ‘pecorino romano’ cheese. The ‘amatriciana’ adds onion and tomato to the mix and is classically served with ‘bucatini’ (a thick, hollow spaghetti). while ‘carbonara’ tosses the pork and cheese with egg yolk and black pepper. ‘Gricia’ is similar to ‘amatriciana’ but without tomatoes and ‘gnocchi’ (little round squishy pasta balls made out of potato with a tomato sauce and Parmesan or pecorino) is a favorite for Thursday dinner.

Seasonal vegetables may not appear on the menu but are usually available. Romans love their greens: ‘spinaci ripassati’ (saut? spinach) are perennial favorites and many restaurants specialize in vegetable ‘fritto misto’ (deep fried mixed vegetables). Rome is famous for a local variety of artichokes, available from November to April, prepared ‘alla romana’ (stuffed with garlic and mint) or ‘alla giudia’ (fried whole, making each petal crisp). ‘Puntarelle’ is another side dish sure to be found at any Roman restaurant. Puntarelle is a type of chicory (also known as Catalonia) whose long, green spiked leaves are sliced very thinly and set into cold water so that they becomes curly and then served raw, dressed with olive oil, vinegar, garlic and minced anchovies.

If you really want to go the extra mile, Rome is also notable for lenten raisin buns called ‘maritozzi’, cream-filled pastries called ‘bign? rum-soaked fruit and nut cake called ‘pan giallo’, and a custard cake drenched with syrupy liqueurs known as ‘zuppa inglese’ (thoug’s neither soup nor English). Locals usually ends their meals with a cup of ‘espresso’ coffee or a glass of ‘sambuca’, a sweet liqueur sipped with three coffee beans to munch on.

This article is part of a series covering the most important Italian travel destinations and regional cuisines. Watch out for related articles about eating out in Florence, Naples, Milan and Venice.

Like Ratatouille in Rome. Well, You’d Better Book an Hotel in Rome

Do you feel like being the best chef in the world? Do you think your skilled cousine is not understood? Do you struggle everyday to convince the world you are the brand new Ratatouille? Well, you’d better book an hotel in Rome, have a dinner-wise tour of Rome and tell us what you think of roman restaurants!

You could start by reserving a romantic tete-a-tete at St. Ana, a quite posh restaurant placed next to Piazza del Popolo, where you can taste a complete range of international flavours mixed by the best gourmet you’ll be happy to have met. Well… we know you are our nouvelle Ratatouille, so we decided to let you start with a very classic restaurant, but now it’s time to bring you in the real Rome!

In Piazza de’ Mercanti, one of the most beatiful and charming city squares in Rome, everything seems quite during the day. At night this becomes the headquarter of good ol’ fashioned roman cousine, with restaurants like Meo Patacca and Ciceruacchio. These restaurants in Trastevere really are the temples of taste and fun, where singers dressed with traditional costumes entertain you with the most famous hits… from the XIX century!!! You’ll discover the magic of a serenata trasteverina, while enjoying your dinner in a very intimate atmosphere.

Trastevere also means many good, though modern, restaurants. Among them let me suggest you to try the so called L’Obitorio. Well… that’s not the true name of the restaurant, but, in spite of the unhappy images this name recalls – obitorio is italian for morgue – everyone in Rome calls it like that due to the typical marble tables. Don’t be afraid: one of the best pizza in Rome is here!

Do you feel more like having a quick snack & go? Please no one say we must let quality go! Remember? We feel so Ratatouille tonight, so we have a suggestion for you to let you eat the best quick dinner in Rome. Planet Sandwich, in Monteverde, mixes the best of a fast food (if you ever find anything best in a fast food) with the taste, genuineness and flavour of typical italian cuisine. Even better prices are very cheap in spite of the sandwiches size.

Rest assured: visiting Rome means great restaurants too. Don’t be afraid to try, you’ll be satisfied by the sparkling and intimate atmosphere of Rome, while eating food that has no rival. So book your accomodation in Rome and have your tour of restaurants. Will you meet your own Ratatouille?

101 Things To Do In Rome

It is said that a lifetime is not long enough to see Rome Roma, non basta una vita! Simply put there is too much to see. We have taken a few highlights of Rome and things that one has to experience in order to truly enjoy this remarkable city and experience it, if even for a few days or moments. It is also a great excuse to keep on returning to visit this eternal city, the centre of Civilisation Caput Mundi

1. Eat a take-away pizza in Piazza Navona on one of the marble benches whilst looking at the fountains.
2. Hire the mythical Vespa motor bike and take your loved one around Rome just like Gregory Pack did with Audrey Hepburn in the movie Roman Holiday
3. Go to the Fontana di Trevi at Sunrise and toss a coin in the fountain dont forget to make a wish to return to Rome.
4. Walk up the steps to the Capitoline Hill, the spectacular Renaissance Piazza at sunset.
5. Explore the streets of Rome but wear comfortable walking shoes
6. Walk through the streets of Rome time literally flies and you will see so many beautiful sites without realising the sheer amount of kms, best to have a map handy.
7. Imagine yourself as a gladiator when you go to the Coliseum
8. Go to St Peters square and admire the exact alignment of the Bernini Columns
9. Place your hand through the bocca della verita (the mouth of truth) at the Church Santa Maria in Cosmedin.
10. Dream of the Ancient glories at the Roman Forum where you can see the remains of the Temple of Saturn.
11. Visit the Vatican and be overwhelmed by the grandeur of St Peters Basilica
12. Be enchanted at the sheer volume of works of the Vatican Museum its free to visitors on the last Sunday of the month, otherwise open daily at a charge
13. Visit the Papal Tombs
14. Kiss your loved one in Via Condotti and keep smiling as you walk down the street.
15. Have the best coffee in town at St Eustachio square try their secret recipe! Did you know that Italians enjoy 600 cups of coffee per year per person?
16. Go to Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and just watch the world go by.
17. Propose to your girlfriend over dinner at La Pergola on the top floors of the Cavallieri Hilton Hotel in Monte Mario overlooking Rome.
18. Watch a soccer match at the Stadio Olimpico
19. Escape to the charming town of Tivoli and listen to the music created by all the waterfalls and fountains
20. Shop till you drop at Gucci or Prada on Via Condotti
21. Take a jogging tour around Rome
22. Be mesmerised by the Renaissance artworks at the Museo e Galleria Borghese and Galleria Doria Pamphili.
23. Enjoy drinks at Campo dei Fiori and mix with the local crowds
24. Go Clubbing at the Testaccio
25. Walk a small part of the Via Appia Antica, its the longest road in Italy built by the Romans.
26. Enjoy the silence at the Jewish Ghetto
27. Learn the art of become a gladiator at the Gruppo Storico Romano you even get to keep the tunic!
28. Lamb is a typical dish and Labbaccio a scotta ditto literally meaning lamb that will burn your fingers is best served in the Trastevere restaurants
29. Take a 2 and a half hour train to Naples and visit the lovely island of Capri
30. Skate around the Piazza Del Popolo
31. See Caravaggios artworks The Life of St Matthew (3 paintings) at San Luigi dei Francesi or The Paintings of St Peter and Paul at Santa Maria del Popolo and the Madonna dei Pellegrini at Sant Agostino
32. Visit the Sistine Chapel and imagine Michelangelos 4 long years of painting it
33. Take a cruise on the River Tiber
34. Visit the controversial Ara Pacis built by the American architect Richard Meier.
35. Take the archeobus from the Termini Station and go on an archaeological bus tour of the Roman ruins including the Catacombs of San Callisto and San Sebastiano, the Circo Massimo and the Terme di Caracalla.
36. Refine your palate on one of the wine courses at the International Wine Academy of Rome or just booze on local wines at a bar.
37. Celebrate Romes birthday on the 21st April, free entry to loads of museums, processions and fireworks
38. Visit a cinema and watch one of the movies in Italian
39. Climb up to the Castel St Angelo and remember Puccinis opera – Tosca.
40. 1st May attracts huge crowds for the free May Day Rock festival at the huge square outside San Giovanni in Laterano Church
41. Admire the largest Stone vault ever built in the Pantheon, see the rain coming through it on a rainy day.
42. Go to the Auditorium Parco della Musica designed by Renzo Piano for a concert by the Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Santa Cecilia is the patron saint to Musicians ad her remains are to be found in Rome after she was tortured.
43. Listen to Claudio Baglioni a famous Roman Singer and Musician his most popular song being Questo Piccolo Grande Amore
44. Listen to Italian music on your IPod
45. Learn Italian words and be able to say at least a phrase everyday
46. In summer visit the Terme di Caracalla and watch one of the famed operas
47. Walk to the little island Tiburtina on the River Tiber and visit the church there.
48. Have an ice-cream at the famous Giolitti Ice-cream parlour and choose from a myriad of flavours
49. Look at the famous Pieta (Our Lady of Sorrows) Michelangelos well know sculpture at St Peters Basilica
50. When in Rome do as the Romans do, mingle with them and just watch their mannerisms
51. Have a chat with the taxi drivers they are an invaluable source of information on best haunts and dining places
52. Go to Cerveteri and Tarquina which holds the best in Etruscan treasures dating as far back as 474 BC
53. Go to Civitavecchia if you are planning to take a ferry to Sardegna
54. Visit the Castel Gandolfo the papal summer residence in the Albani Hills and their 13 towns including Frascati renowned for their famous white wine.
55. Take Bus 170 from the Termini Station and ride all the way to the EUR district which was built by the Fascists in 1939 and later on used for the Olympics in Rome in 1960
56. Go down to the coast Ostia Antica where the river Tiber flows into the Mediterranean Sea.
57. Visit the Porta Portese flea market on a Sunday morning and buy vintage jewellery or books
58. Go to the Pincian Hill (Pincio) which forms part of the Villa Borghese and near the Spanish Steps, look over the piazza del Popolo and see the spectacular view of St Peters and the Victor Emanuel Monument
59. Beware of pickpockets, keep bags, money and credit cards safe.
60. Buy brightly coloured leather gifts from Campo Marzio for your loved ones back home.
61. Visit Qube Romes largest disco. Friday night is Muccassasina (Italys top Gay Night) Saturday is underground. Guest DJs in attendance.
62. Visit Castroni in via Cola di Rienzo where you can find both local and foreign gourmet foods, nicely packaged and fresh.
63. Watch a multitude of performers and artists performing at Piazza Navona in the evenings.
64. Try the roman Jewish speciality carciofi alla giudia (fried artichokes) in the Ghetto area or try the only kosher pizza in Rome.
65. Drop a coin in a street buskers hat.
66. Discover the art of Paper at Fabriano
67. Visit Rive Gauche 2 one of the most popular pubs in San Lorenzo
68. Check which famous singer is performing in Rome and buy tickets to attend the concert.
69. Take your loved one to Ponte Milvio and add your very own lock to the column one of Italys latest symbol for lovers promising eternal love.
70. Visit the Vatican Post office, buy stamps and send a postcard from there.
71. Buy the Oservatorio Romano the Vaticans daily newspaper and published in English
72. Take a long walk through the Villa Borghese
73. See the original and recently restored Bronze statue of the Emperor Aurelius on horseback at the Capitoline Museums
74. Walk through the streets of the Trastevere
75. Rome is Chaotic, its Sensuous and its Addictive enjoy everything about it and live it.
76. See the great Moses sculpted by Michelangelo inside the St Peters in Chains Church off Via Cavour
77. Watch the guards at the Quirinale outside the Presidents residence.
78. Take photos on the Ponte SantAngelo – the elaborate bridge lined with baroque Statues created by the Bernini
79. Go the Janiculum Hill and look down at all of Romes Monuments. A cannon goes off every day at noon
80. Take a bus to The Aventine Hill (Aventino) which is one of the most picturesque orange gardens and see views of the Trastevere, walk some 20m from the end on your right and look through the small keyhole of the green door and admire the view of the Dome of St Peters. Simply Breathtaking!
81. Visit villa Torlonia once Mussolinis family residence being restored and admire the stained glass windows of the new museum in the casina delle civette
82. Enjoy a glass of wine in a typical Enoteca
83. Ah bella Italia the land of culinary delights try the famous carciofi alla romana (Arthicokes with oil and garlic), coda alla vaccinara (Ox-tail) and Gnocchi on a Thursday night
84. Take a stroll to Montecitorio near the Panthoen or Villa Madama near the Piazza Navona and watch all the politicians and senators try to move and shake Italy!
85. Try your hand at mosaic making at Art Studio Cafe
86. Take a photo with one of the dressed up gladiators outside the Coliseum
87. Shop at Feltrinelli Bookstore
88. Go to Piazza Barberini and walk up towards Via Veneto the highlight of Rome in the 60s and synonymous with Fellinis La Dolce Vita
89. Row a boat on the lake then enjoy a picnic at Villa Borghese. Dispose carefully of any leftovers and other garbage.
90. Visit the Zoo called Bioparco at Villa Borghese
91. Go To Time Elevator and watch the history of Rome in 3D
92. Papal Blessings are given to the crowds outside the Basilica on Sunday at Noon.
93. Dress appropriately for restaurants, churches and other venues. Some clothes just dont cut it with the fashion conscious Italians.
94. Limit your environmental footprint choose low emission transport to get around Rome
95. Watch the old 1945 movie – Roma Citt Aperta by Roberto Rossellini
96. Italy is the home of the slow food movement dine in one of their acknowledged restaurants and savour the aromas and flavours
97. See the Monument dedicated to the king who unified Italy – Vittorio Emanuele II also known as the Altare della Patria from Piazza Venezia or wander through it
98. Shop at Via del Corso it offers an excellent choice of shops and prices.
99. Walk along the Trastevere from Largo di Torre Argentina, cross the Tiber and reach via Delle Conciliazione. Close your eyes and open them again to see St Peters Basilica in the distance.
100. Eat a plate of Pasta alla Matriciana and ask the waiter for the recipe.
101. Remember the saying – All roads lead to Rome, so start planning your next trip on Chooseitaly.com.

Italian food recipes: Capellini Carbonara

While I have always cooked this recipe mostly with thin spaghetti, I must say that this dish is so tasty that it will work with any long strand pasta version.

The word “carbonara” derives from the Italian word meaning charcoal. According to Wikipedia, it was thought that once this dish was primarily served to Italian charcoal workers. However, there seems to be a bit of controversy as others believe that this dish is called this way because it was cooked in ancient times over charcoals, yet some believe its name derives from the presence of the pepper resembling bits of carbon. In yet another version, people believe it originated and was created by “I carbonari” an old secret service club popular in Italy many years ago.

Regardless of its origin, this dish is very tasty. It is made with eggs and bacon which were supplied in abundance after the Second World War by the American troops stationed in Italy.

Nowadays, this dish is still very popular, especially near the Lazio region where it is believed to have originated. You can easily make this dish at home even though you should savor it in a typical restaurant near Rome where authentic ingredients such as “guanciale” a special cured meat made of a pork’s cheek is used. Here is a recipe:

SPAGHETTI/CAPELLINI ALLA CARBONARA

1 package Barilla spaghetti or capellini pasta

1 chunk guanciale or pancetta diced

12 cup white wine

4 eggs

Grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese

Butter

Oil

Salt

Pepper

Boil water. Salt and cook spaghetti/capellini according to package. In the meanwhile, in a saucepan place a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and add the guanciale or pancetta until nice and crisp. Add the wine to prevent sticking and cook for another 5 minutes or until reduced. In a bowl, beat the four eggs as if making scrambled eggs. Salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta once “al dente” and mix in the eggs, bacon bits and a nice twist from the pepper mill. Serve with grated cheese and savor.

As you can see this is a very simple dish but yet it is very tasty.

If you are concerned about the safety of using raw eggs, the good thing is that the hot pasta will kill most bacteria. However, if you are still concerned, use pasteurized eggs like the ones you find in cartons, that are 100% safe to eat raw.

You do not need to go to Rome to taste a good carbonara. Yet, Rome houses the authentic ingredients needed for this recipe such as guanciale. However, abroad you can still make a good, tasty carbonara that very likely everybody will appreciate.

Should I be eating that fast food?

In Hindsight: An Updated, Realistic View of McDonald’s from a Former Critic

In Rome six years ago, I realized that one can basically find all the major tourist attractions by following the McDonald’s signs. Earlier on, at sixteen, I had visited Dublin and had my first real “Down with McDonald’s” moment. Perhaps it was a typical reaction by a Generation X-er to the swift tide of globalization and trashy culture piling up around us like so much landfill waste. I can still remember that light bulb going off in my rebel-without-a-cause mind, and the hilariously militant attitude that ensued. A young woman was chained to a cinder-block in front of McDonald’s, handing out leaflets condemning McDonald’s for paying its workers too little, buying and distributing such a large amount of meat, making unhealthy food cheap and easily acceptable in the poorest urban areas. The list went on.

I’m sure many of you can appreciate that when you are sixteen, any cause that interests you becomes an accessory, as much as a necklace or skateboard or smart-remark-bearing t-shirt, and turns into a part of your fledgling personality. Such was quite naturally the case with me.

Soon I was all about bashing McDonald’s and considered them the embodiment of a boring, homogenized, one-size-fits-all kind of world. Looking back, let’s not kid ourselves; this description is perfect for many companies. As a member of several animal welfare groups and campaigns, I am constantly called upon to stand outside McDonald’s locations in order to protest their food, their effects on global agriculture and the environment, their bad influence on the health of America’s youth, and to protest fast-food culture in general.

After fourteen years of experimenting, observing, and considering which methods are helpful and which are detrimental to the credibility of the animal welfare movement, I’ve come to think that boycotting the place itself might not be the best tactic. Instead, vegetarians and “health food” enthusiasts would do well to SUPPORT McDonald’s as it cautiously introduces healthier options such as salads and yogurt parfaits. This is a small start in introducing healthier fare, but if no one supports McDonald’s by trying their new healthier products, they will react as any corporation would. They will quite simply and unceremoniously get rid of the new items that are losing them money.

In my younger days however, I used to think that even if I got something vegetarian

A Tourist Guide To Rome

Rome is the capital city of Italy and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is ridded with fabulous architecture, historic attractions and small cobblestone streets. Its many famous landmarks including the magnificent Colosseum will make your stay in the city one that will be remembered for life.

Traveling There

Flying is an easy option as Rome has its own airport (Leonardo da Vinci Airport) that receives flights from many other worldwide international airports. There are frequent shuttle bus transfers and trains that run from both the international and domestic airports in Rome.

Great rail and bus services operate throughout Italy so getting around I easy. Also, good road networks make driving an option for those who want to take in the scenery on the way.

Accommodation Choices

Rome is a luxurious and expensive city and for this reason you can expect the accommodation rates to be quite high. The city is also very popular so be sure to book well in advance. All kinds of accommodation can be found within the city such as hotels, guesthouses, apartments and hostels.

History

Rome has a vast and interesting history as it was once the capital of the Roman Empire that began in 753 BC. The Empire practically took over the world and conquered up to one fifth of its population. Later on in the Middle Ages, Rome grew as a cultural and artistic capital city.

Sights and Attractions

The main reason that the majority of tourists visit Rome is because of the amazing sightseeing. The main attraction and a must see is the huge Colosseum. If architecture is of your interest be sure to visit Panthenon in the city centre. This building was far ahead of its time. Also go and see the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps and be sure to be overwhelmed.

Shopping

Many people travel to Italy for its shopping potential and Rome is often the place where they go. Whilst in the city you can see and feel the locals love for style and fashion. The streets of Rome are full of the world’s leading designer brands and can be particularly dear in price. If you are after high street fashion then head for the areas of Via Nazionale, Via del Corso and Via Cola di Rienzo.

Dining Options

Rome is a great place to go out eating and drinking. Most restaurants offer an array of international cuisine and Italian specialties such as traditional pizza and many pasta dishes. Dining establishments can be found all over the city and cater for all budgets.

What makes a great Italian restaurant

What makes a great Italian restaurant? This is simple to answer really.

What its not:

It’s not about atmosphere. The smells and visual sights, even the feel of the tablecloth and weight of the dish are important to the experience, but even that fantastic, spicy, rich smell is not what makes a great Italian restaurant.

It’s not about the location. I’ve eaten in Little Italy in New York. I’ve eaten in Rome and Florence and Naples. I’ve eaten at the little coney island restaurant down the street from me, that makes “spaghetti”. I’ve eaten at the chain restaurants (Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, etc). Each one of these places has an appeal of some sort (convenience, tourism, etc.). Even the little place in Rome with the street-side tables is not necessarily a great Italian restaurant.

It’s not about the professionalism of the staff, or the training of the chef, or the wine list, or the lighting, the entertainment or even, (stay with me here) the freshness of the pasta or the crustiness of the bread.

So what makes a great Italian restaurant?

It’s the same thing that makes eating Italian food at home…..great.

It’s the sauce!

The sauce is what makes a great Italian restaurant!

The Marinara, or the meat sauce.

A great sauce can even make “Prince” spaghetti, a treat! (I know, that might be stretching it).

If the sauce is not great, the rest of the meal falls apart.

It’s all about the sauce!

You know I’m right.

Visit the Eternal City – Rome

Rome is one of the few ancient cities of the world, who still houses its historical monuments, cultural identity and charm of modern era.

The eternal city, Rome is a capital city of Italy. Rome is one of the best tourist destinations of the world. It is a city of monuments, museums, gardens, shops and tasteful dining places. Some popular tourist attractions in Rome are The Vatican Museums, The Capitoline Museums, Churches (like St. Peter’s Basilica, The Sistine Chapel, San Giovanni in Laterano and few others), monuments (like Coliseum, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, Domus Aurea, Pantheon and Castel Sant’Angelo), Piazza di Spagna , Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo , Fontana della Barcaccia , Trevi Fountain, Palazzo del Quirinale, Palazzo Montecitorio, Villa Pamphilj and many more. Owning to this large number of tourist attraction, this city provides good Rome hotels for its guests.

Rome is also popular for its variety of dishes like Piazza, Pasta, Bruschetta and many more. And that’s a reason there are many popular dining and drinking centers are available in the city. For wine lovers Rome is a favorite city. Many wine Sellers organized and give information about wine processing, about vineyards, harvesting, fermentation and all the processes linked to the production of good wine.

Rome is also famous for shopping and you can find varieties of outlets and departmental stores all over the city. Some very renowned shopping areas of Rome are: Piazza di Spagna- Spanish Steps-Via dei Condotti (one of the richest streets in Italy and also one of the best streets for shopping in Rome), Via del Corso (the street is famous for its verities of shops and restaurants), Trastevere (It is best food market in Rome and give a chance to do bargaining and chatting with local Roman vendors) and Viale Marconi and Porta Portese, Piazza Vittorio, and Piazza Navona- Via del governo Vecchio are other popular shopping places in Rome.

Rome is very well connected to the all major cities of the world. Rome has two main international airports and these are Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and Ciampino International Airport. Both airports are well connected to the city’s main places. The city’s public transport is very convenient and every single area of the city is well connected to each other.

It is to say that Rome was not built in a day and can’t be seen in a day. So you can understand how much time you need to see this eternal city?

Dining in Italy

Eating in Italy

The first thing you should know about eating in Italy

is that it is different from eating in the US. Italian

cuisine and customs are very location specific. There

is no typical nation-wide “Italian Cuisine”. The food

you enjoyed in Rome may not be available in Florence

or, if it is, it may taste differently. A little

research and conversation will reveal the specialties

of each region.

The second thing you need to know is enough of the

language to understand what to expect from the name of

the establishment that sells food and drinks. A good

reference for learning the culinary language of Italy

is “Biba’s Italy”, 2006, by Biba Caggiano. In the

first few pages of her book she describes 12

establishments where food is sold, 13 different names

for espresso and lists the Italian names of the 8

courses, in sequence, of an Italian meal.

From Biba we learn that Trattoria is less formal than

a ristorante in that it may not have a printed menu,

prices are lower and it is often a home-away-from-home

for students and young families. Enoteca (Italian for

wine seller) is a more gentrified, high-quality wine

bar where some food dishes can be more ambitious than

those served in a humble osteria.

History has had a great influence on Italian cuisine.

The history of Italy is that of once powerful and

proud city states competing with each other:

differentiated geographically, culturally, and

politically. Conquering armies, political alliances,

religious powers and changing commercial practices all

left their culinary footprints on what were once

agrarian communities.

Other nations and cultures as we now know them once

controlled certain parts of what we now know as Italy.

German, Swiss and French influences infiltrated from

the North, Spain from the West left its influence on

some of the off-shore islands. Southern immigrants

from Africa and traders from the East had a profound

impact on culinary customs in Southern Italy. What

remains is not a culinary melting pot but what can

better be described as stew pots- each with individual

flavors.

Nor has the culinary exchanges been all one way.

French cooking and eating was changed when a daughter

of the Medici family married the King of France.

Likewise, Pilgrims to Rome upon returning to their

home countries introduced their home countries to

olive oil, antipasti and artichoke.

Artichokes are native to central Mediterranean lands

(Sicily, Italy ,Greece)

Which countrys food is the best? Why?

Which country has the best tasting cuisine? During my years as an enlisted woman in the military, I traveled extensively throughout the world. I was fortunate enough to sample traditional foods from Spain, Italy, France, Germany. Austria. and Singapore. The foods that remained in my mind as the most asdelightful and delectable were those foods I sampled from the United states and Germany. Germany does have tasty food. I especially appreciated the strong, but aromatic coffee served in most German Gasthouses. The gravies added to the main dishes of beef or pork stimulated my senses. Even the beef used for hamburgers at the local Mc Donald’s tasted absolutely delightful. I have eaten throughout some of the finest dining facilities in Europe, but none so delightful or savory as the German dishes I sample as a young enlisted person in Germany.

I dined in France during the 1980′s, but have little memory of how good pr bad the local cuisines were. I believe that if my dining experience had been bad or at the very least mediocre, I would have remembered what a great gastronomical eexperience i had during my stay at that particular country. I have eaten pizza in Rome, starfish in Spain, and Wiener Schnitzel in Germany. I have dined at expensive restaurants as well as local fast food establishments.I had learned about local European culture, partially, through its food choices.

The first thought that comes to mind about which country offers the best cuisine is taste. Taste is the all important factor involved in choosing the country with the best foods. Germany would have to win in this category. I enjoyed the fabulous tasting fast food dishes offered by the German McDondald’s and delighted by the traditional food choices available, as well.

When I visited places like France, Spain , and Italy while on leave from the military, I was not impressed as much with the flavor of the foods served as I was with the service while I was stationed in Europe and that I received in Europe. German waiters and waitresses were always polite and helpful and they were always able to. I cannot say that as much for Germany’s European counterparts. Even the French could not serve you as tasty a meal as a meal made in Germany. If I had to choose between good service and tasty cuisine, I would choose good service, rather than. good tasting food.

America has the best tasting foods when compared to the rest of the world. German dishes combine the flavors of home cooking with sophistication. Germany should definitely not be overlooked by those seeking a flavorful, fine dining experience.