Category Archives: Producers and Purveyors

Day trip to Ariccia in the Colli Albani southeast of Rome

Ariccia's town center

Day trip to Ariccia in the Colli Albani Hills southeast of Rome Sometimes doing exactly what every tourist does when they visit Rome just isn’t what you have in mind and you’d like to experience something different, and perhaps out of Rome’s city center. As it turns out, it’s easy; there are many day trips…

Pecorino Cheese: what is it anyway? And a local Lazio cheesemaker

Pecorino cheese producer in the Cesanese wine producing area near Anagni

On a recent visit to the Cesanese del Piglio wine producing area near Anagni in the Frosinone province southeast of Rome we happened upon a small, delightful pecorino cheese producer. This producer’s cheese was offered as part of a wine tasting and I asked the winemaker if it would be possible to purchase some of…

Deep-fried Artichokes

Yummy deep fried Roman globe artichokes

Carciofi alla Giudia, or deep-fried Roman globe artichokes, are one of winter’s most delicious side dishes. As the artichoke fries it opens up like a flower and yields a gorgeous golden-brown artichoke. The leaves are crispy and delicious and the inside flesh is tender and wonderful. Deep-fried artichokes are easy to prepare; the most important…

Whole Grain Farro Nut Bread

Whole Grain Farro Nut Bread Farro is an ancient grain that dates back 7000 years and is a mainstay of the Italian diet. It’s especially prevalent in the land-locked Umbria region, just north of Rome. Farro has a crunchy, chewy and delicious texture and is wonderful in soups and as a substitute for rice in…

Cipriani Biscottificio

Cipriani Biscottificio: a century old cookie and cake bakery in Rome, tucked away on a side street in the Colle Oppio area

If you’re looking for a great bakery in Rome with wonderful cookies, crostate and cakes made with all natural ingredients then you have to stop by the Cipriani Bicottificio. The Piazza Vittorio area is a haven in Rome for all things culinary. It has one of the city’s best markets, full of local and international…

White beans, tomato and rosemary soup

Luscious white bean soup with tomatoes and rosemary makes a delicious and comforting winter soup

White beans, tomato and rosemary soup What makes almost all Italian dishes so delicious are two simple things: first, fresh seasonal and good-quality ingredients. Second, the use of very few ingredients so that each ingredient has a chance to participate in the luscious flavor of the dish. White beans, tomato and rosemary soup is a…

Oven Roasted Fresh Figs, Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Bruschetta with plump oven roasted fresh figs, Gorgonzola and walnuts

It’s a chilly beginning of January and I just devoured bruschetta with scrumptious oven roasted fresh figs, Gorgonzola and walnuts. It might strike you as odd that I have fresh figs in January but my passion for figs drove me to devise a wonderful way to have fresh figs year-round. In mid-summer, and then again…

Christmas in Rome

The holiday season in Rome is filled with delicious things to eat, festive decorations and a host of unique presepe (nativity scenes) to admire

Christmas in Rome The most talked about Christmas tree in Rome is without a doubt the tree in Piazza Venezia, in the heart of Rome’s historic center. Traditionally the tree in Piazza Venezia is the symbol of the beauty and magic of a Roman Christmas but this year the tree is none other than a…

Eating in Palma de Mallorca

Pa amb oli, rustic rye bread with olive oil and tomato, Mallorca

If you’re eating in Palma de Mallorca…the choices abound. You’ll find local Mallorcan and Spanish cuisine and just about every other choice of cuisine you can imagine. Sobrassada is a fundamental element of tapas served everywhere in Palma! My favorite foodie area is Santa Catalina, and in particular Carrer de Fabrica (Fabrica Street). This year…

The Mercato Centrale in Rome’s Termini train station

Mercato Centrale vendor, Termini station, Rome

The new Mercato Centrale in Rome’s Termini train station isn’t a mercato in the traditional Italian sense. It’s a great addition to the station, but reminds me more of something like a scaled-down, smaller version of San Francisco’s Ferry Building, or an Eataly. It has sixteen eateries and places to buy pizza a taglio, cheeses, great bruschetta…