Slow Food


The 2012 edition of "inns of Italy" by slow food editor,  by Marco Bolasco and Eugenio Signoroni points out the new roman addresses which obtained the three snails, now recognized as symbol of good food and ingredients of the highest quality + attention to the service. Not being able to name all the trattorias that have won slow food recognition, we'll indicate only a few, the ones we tried personally.

Palatium, in Via Frattina 94, promotes regional agricultural products through a long list of typical local recipes that varies depending on the season. The atmosphere is elegant and modern, the wine selection is extensive. We tasted the spaghetti gricia, really excellent, and the lamb chop. Given the consistency of the dishes we just did not go over, but there is a tempting selection of desserts!

Another address, I would say classic, is Armando al Pantheon, at Salita dei Crescenzi 31. Here you can choose between a typical menu (which includes virtually all Roman dishes and most notably, however, the spaghetti all 'Amatriciana) a vegetarian menu and a very  rich table menu. You must taste spaghetti Claudio (mushrooms and saffron), or those with truffle. Finally you will enjoy the famous cake antica roma, made with ricotta cheese and jam, and the Ottobrata.

Not to mention  Felice a Testaccio, Via Mastro Giorgio 29, another mythical address from 1936, famous for its "cacio e pepe", but obviously where there is much more: here you will find practically  an anthology of traditional Roman recepies.

Another restaurant  worth visiting is the Osteria degli Angeli in Via Bettolo, Prati, a worthy exponent of the typical Roman cuisine: remarkable  meatballs , cacio e pepe and puntarelle, to name just a few dishes. The price is fixed, 25€; the environment, with constant references to rugby, is simple in the tradition of true "osterie".

The Quinto Quarto is not right downtown, but it is near Ponte Milvio, the new district meeting point of the Romans. Here, too the extraordinary research on the ingredients is really unique: for lunch you can opt for a stiffed panino, choosing from meats and cheeses selected from the best of central Italy ;in the evening the menu includes traditional dishes, made from simple and genuine ingredients.  In an simple yet refined atmosphere  you can enjoy the delicious gricia with pears, shin cooked with beer, but also  the trippa or offal with onions .. And many delicious desserts.

Not mentioned in the guide but quite up to the tavern with snail is, to me, the inn Da Candido, Via Marziale. The tavern was established many years ago as a wine bar but soon enriched by the Roman dishes prepared by the expert hands of Mrs. Lella. You'll find a  remarkable gricia or amatriciana, but do not forget to try the wonderful oxtail alla vaccinara or liver with onions. Obviously there is much more, so ask Valentino to tell you the menu: this man, with his  sense of humor, will blow certainly a laugh. The environment is simple and you can  have fun  looking at the stickers on the wall: you'll take a step back in time!

Rome Gluten free

Rome gluten-free
More and more often we hear about celiac disease. Over the past few years, many people have been able to give a name to their problems and solve them using the only precaution possible: to avoid food where gluten is present.
Romehas kept up: there are many restaurants, pastry shops, bakeries and shops where you can find gluten-free products.
We provide you with a short list of where to go for dinner or shopping gluten-free:
The "Biamonti Lounge bar", in Biamonti 12  near Piazza Mazzini (Vatican area) not only offers an evening menu  gluten-free but also a happy hour, with drink  suitable for celiac. In Piazza Risorgimento 46 (St Peter's), the restaurant "The Attic" offers a rich menu for celiacs, from appetizers to desserts, plus a big selection of pizzas.
The "Margutta Ristorarte" has been  for years a reference restaurant for vegetarians and gluten-free. In the city center, near the Spanish  Steps there is a restaurant called: Margutta Ristorante at the n. 118 , well-known for its fine cuisine. If you are in the Trastevere area, you can enjoy meals from the restaurant "Il Capriccio", in Via Roma Free 9, recognized by the Italian Celiac Association (AIC).
If you want to buy products you will find many stores in the city such as  pharmacies, drugstores and supermarkets which usually have a section for gluten-free products. You can also find more delicious products in some specialized shops such as "Celia food Rome's"in Viale Trastevere 237 / b, "Castroni" in Via Cola di Rienzo, Via Giulio Venticinque32 "Celiachiamo" at just a few steps from the metro "Cipro", with a wide choice of breads, pizza, flour, pasta etc..
For the sweet tooth finally, there are pastry shops and ice cream shops in town where you can find cakes, desserts and ice cream: recognized by AIC in the center, there is a pastry "Roman Holiday" in Piazza d'Ara Coeli 9 , in Via di Pontian 19, Trastevere, you can pay a visit to LeBen, which boasts a rich assortment of fresh pastries, cakes and bread

Rome to discover

alla-scoperta-della-roma-nascostaWhen I wasat the kindergarten, my favorite game was digging. There was a large sandy area in the schoolyard and I was sure that by digging with my shovel, sooner or later I would able to find an ancient Roman coin, or maybe an underground tunnel leading to some kind of magnificent imperial palace. I experienced the same feeling not a long ago, when a Roman villa very close to where I live, with wonderful mosaics came to light during road works.

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History and legends of Rome

i-tesori-nascosti-di-romaOnce is not enough. This is the conclusion of almost every tourist visiting Rome: impossible, in a few days, to see everything there is to see, to visit all the main attractions of the city, all the museums, all the historical sites and all the characteristic sites of the city. You can comfort: even few Romans can claim to have seen everything in Rome at least once in their lives. Also because there are many more interesting places to see than those usually reported on tourist guides. There are at least 101, according to archaeologist Gabriella Serio, author of 101 tesori nascosti di Roma da vedere almeno una volta nella vita (101 hidden treasures of Rome to see at least once in their lives, Newton Compton Editori, 280 pages, € 14.90).

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Firefighters in ancient Rome

gli-antichi-pompieri-romaniWhat has come down to us, is an ancient Rome made of marble and impressive buildings. But Rome was not like that, or rather was not all that. The one made of arches, columns, statues and theaters, was the public Rome, the political, the rhetoric, even the propaganda Rome. With the exception of patrician houses, large and sumptuous, the private Rome, that of people houses, was far from impressive: the buildings, which also arrived to have five or six floors, were placed against each other, close up the narrow streets. Most of them were wooden and the lighting was provided by oil lamps. Easy to imagine how even a small incident could turn into a tragic home fire capable of burning entire neighborhoods.

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It happens in Rome

piazze-di-roma-campo-de-fiori1Campo de‘ Fiori is one of the squares of the roman nightlife, and hundreds of young people (and many tourists) come every evening for a beer or a glass of wine with friends. In recent years, however, it happened sometimes that the glasses were more than one, and that one word, one look or an heavy appreciation caused some dispute among those who frequent the square. But the dispute in Campo de ‘Fiori is not a (bad) news of last years.

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