Behind the Bite: Roman Pasta

Carbonara pasta with red wine

This blog post was originally posted on March 18, 2019 and was updated on January 26, 2021. There’s something comforting about the dependable, the quotidian, the downright normal. Roman pasta is just that. Amatriciana, carbonara, gricia and cacio e pepe are the main pastas of Rome, and most restaurants have at least two of them on the […]

Our Favorite Rome Restaurants by Neighborhood: Where to Eat in Trastevere

Every night, hungry bar-hoppers stop at Trapizzino in Trastevere for a sandwich and a craft beer

This blog post was originally posted on February 6, 2019 and was updated on October 28, 2020. Trastevere is Rome’s most charming neighborhood, and that’s saying a lot. A bit overrun with tourists and students, yes—but no one who’s walked its winding streets can deny there’s something magical about it. The word Trastevere literally means […]

Best-Ever Traditional Roman Carbonara Recipe

Carbonara pasta with red wine

Forget everything you think you know about carbonara. Outside of Italy, carbonara pastas are often unrecognizable. Drenched in a thick cream sauce and studded with peas and bacon, these international adaptations are a far cry from the traditional carbonara recipe used in Rome. But here in the Eternal City, real carbonara is one of the […]

The 10 Best Pasta Dishes to Eat in Rome Before You Die

Pasta alla gricia

This blog post was originally posted on March 28, 2019 and was updated on September 29, 2020. Pasta is the gorgeous yellow ribbon that binds Italian cuisine together, and no trip to Rome would be complete without it. Every region of Italy has at least one traditional pasta dish to its name. And with a […]

A Love Letter to Cucina Romana

Purple artichokes from the Roman countryside are a springtime treat.

I have a standard quip with those who come to visit me in Rome: When you’re hungry, there’s nothing quite like Roman food to satisfy that hunger. When you’re full, there’s nothing you’d less like to eat than Roman food. Cucina Romana isn’t for everyone. It’s full of bold, unusual flavors like sheep’s-milk pecorino and bitter […]

The 7 Traditional Foods You Have to Try in Rome

From pasta to pudding, you’re spoiled for choice in the Eternal City. Here’s our guide to traditional food in Rome. Italian food is very regional and every city has dishes which are peculiar to it. Knowing which dishes to look out for when visiting a city is, therefore, of the utmost importance since they will […]