It is no secret that I love food. I don’t know if I would call myself a ‘foodie’, but I love to cook, learn about food and, of course, I love to eat good food! So you can imagine how much I was looking forward the gastronomic pleasures that awaited me in Italy. Initially I planned to take a food tour in Rome, but fearing that my budget would not allow it, I did some research and took myself on food walking tour through Rome.
Ristorante Baccano, I went to Baccano on a recommendation where I devoured tagliatelle with red shrimps, pecorino cheese and mint and glasses of prosecco. The restaurant was beautiful and the food even better!
Le Mani In Pasta, if you are lucky enough to have a kitchen (which we did), home cooking in Italy is a must! With all of the fresh produce available it would be a shame not to become an Italian chef yourself! In our case, we picked up some ricotta and lemon ravioli from Le Mani in Pasta at the Testaccio Market.
Volpetti, is an incredible gourmet food store. Not only did the store sell an incredible range of cheeses and other tasty goods, but the staff were very helpful and generous, allowing us to try a variety of their goods. That is how I discovered pecorino cheese with pistachios- yum! They also have a take away counter where you can buy a slice of pizza to eat on the way home. My stomach left very happy 🙂
Testaccio Market, located outside of the city centre, the Testaccio Market is easily accessible via the metro. Filled with a variety of food stalls, you can purchase anything from fresh fruit and vegetables to pre-prepared goodies. Make sure you go in the morning as many of the stalls begin to close after midday.
Dess’art, located at the Testaccio Market, Dess’art’s ricotta cannoli with pistachios will change your life!! They fill the cannoli shells upon purchase, which ensures that the shells remain crips. I cannot imagine ever eating a cannoli as good as these.
Gelato is everywhere in Rome, but to get truly great gelato stay away from anywhere that has pastel mountains of gelato piled up in the windows. The best gelato we had in Rome was at Gelateria San Crispino and Fatamorgana.