If you are looking for a marvelous culinary experience in your journey. Welcome to Italy.
The Italian cuisine was developed through centuries and is known for its regional diversity; with an abundance of taste and is the most popular in the world. Again, I reached out to my fellow bloggers and they have shared some amazing experiences in Rome – and it’s so much more than pizza and pasta.
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Gelato at Come II Latte
The best gelato in Rome, and also the prettiest
If there’s one Italian food more necessary to a happy life than pasta, it’s gelato. Gelato is the Italian version of ice cream, but anyone who has gelato knows that is far more than just that. Gelato is made with more milk and less cream than regular ice cream, which, oddly, results in a creamier and smoother substance than the denser ice cream. Gelato also has less butterfat than ice cream, which allows the flavors to come through more clearly.
While there’s no shortage of “gelaterias” in Italy, not all are created equal. And of all of the shops in Rome, one particular gelato stop stands above the rest.
Tucked away on a quiet street half a mile from Termini is an unassuming gelateria called Come Il Latte. The name means “like milk” in Italian, a nod to the incredibly smooth and silky nature of their gelato. The shop has been named the best gelato shop in Rome several times since it opened in 2014, and it lives up to the title.
All of their flavors are made from high-quality, fresh, and in-season ingredients, from Sicilian pistachios to Ceylon cinnamon. They have all of the class flavors, such as lemon, coffee, and dark chocolate. But they also have some out-of-this-world seasonal flavors (mascarpone with Gentilini biscotti, pineapple and basil, and ricotta with Sambuco and almonds). I like to keep things simple, and was blown away by the stracciatella and dark chocolate combo.
They also boast several non-dairy flavors for those who prefer to stay away from milk products.
But the best part comes after you pick your flavor. They fill each cone with fresh, fudgy chocolate, top it with the gelato, and they add your pick of flavored whipped cream, along with a decorative biscuit. Not only is it the tastiest gelato in Rome, it’s also the prettiest.
Maggie’s blog: pinkcaddytravelogue.com/
Fried Pumpkin Flower at Goose Ristorante Pizzeria
The first bite is crunchy, followed by soft pumpkin flowers, anchovy and cheese filling
Try eating local in Rome, and you’ll be spoilt for choice. From pizza to dessert, everything tastes amazing. While in Rome last May, our landlady directed us to a restaurant that has been serving authentic local food since 1998. And you can tell she’s right. There were more locals at the restaurant than visitors. The place in question? Goose Ristorante Pizzeria on Piazzale Gregorio VII, about a ten-minute walk from the Vatican, or fifteen if you amble.
All of the food at Goose was amazing, but what we found quite different was the Frittie, which are small plates of fried starters consumed before a meal. We chose Mozzarelline aka naturally yummy deep-fried cheese balls and the Fiori Di Zucca or Pumpkin Flowers. The Fiori di Zucca is pumpkin flowers that are stuffed with a soft tasty filling and then deep-fried. Your first bite into the crunchy exterior then tastes the soft flowers followed by the softest anchovy and cheese filling.
Spend a summer in Rome see Fiori di Zucca on your plate quite often, be it at home or in the restaurant. These anchovy and cheese stuffed pumpkin or squash flowers are quite quick to make at home too. Fill the flowers with a mix or paste of anchovies and mozzarella, cover them with a batter of flour, salt, and eggs, and deep fry them in oil till golden brown.
But of course, nothing can beat having them made by a local. So if you want the best Fiori di Zucca in Rome, head over to Goose. You won’t be disappointed. 😉
Abby’s blog: https://thewingedfork.com/
Fried artichoke hearts at Trastevere
A perfect pairing with a nice glass of local prosecco
You will find fried artichokes in popular restaurants all over Rome when they are in season. A wonderful neighborhood to find these yummy delicacies would be in the Trastevere neighborhood – the ancient marketplace of Rome. Many of the small trattorias all over the district will sell fried artichokes and served with various takes of aioli (mayonnaise with spices, olive oil, and garlic) for dipping to these perfectly fried artichokes. Of course, the perfect drink compliment would be a nice glass of local prosecco, crisp and summery goodness. If you are exploring Rome, check out all these free things to can do in Rome to explore and enjoy without hitting your pocketbook.
Tiramisu at Two Sizes
Best tiramisu eeeever 😍
Italian cuisine doesn’t lack delicious items. And for sure it has some great deserts. Leaving aside the mouth-watering gelatos which you can find all over the country, the tiramisu is undoubtedly a celebrity. One of the best tiramisus that I have tried in Italy is the one served at Two Sizes in Rome. It’s a small place that sells Italian sweets like tiramisu, gelato, cannoli, and various other pastries.
No trip to Rome would be complete without a stop at Two Sizes, especially given its convenient location, right next to Piazza Navona, on 88th Via del Governo Vecchio. And once you’re there, I dare you to eat only one tiramisu! Your buds will be screaming after more and more of this delicious dessert nicely served in both a small and large size (trust me, and head straight for the large size).
This yummy traditional Italian dessert is made of coffee, finger biscuits, mascarpone cheese, cocoa powder, egg yolks, and, of course, sugar. And it was created in the 1960’ in a region of Venice, although some say that it dates back to the 17th century. Thus, it is believed that it was created in Tuscany in honor of Grand Duke Cosimo III, under the name of Zuppa del Duca, and made with simple ingredients. As such, the two Italian regions fighting for the title of the creation place of the tiramisu.
Tiramisu means pick me up, and its name is related to its mix of ingredients. Although the original recipe didn’t have any liqueur, there is now no Tiramisu without some alcohol involved. And the most commonly used one is the Marsala wine. You can now also taste various aromas, from Tiramisu with strawberries or with pistachio. And yes, you can eat them even in Rome.
So next time you are in Rome, make sure to stop at Two Sizes and taste a delicious tiramisu.
Andra’s blog: www.ourworldtowander.com
Spaghetti Carbonara at la Fraschetta
A classic Roman dish that is delicious yet incredibly easy to make
Spaghetti Carbonara is a Roman dish that became popular in the post-WWII era. Its exact origin is unclear, but it bears similarities to several other Italian dishes that involve eggs and cheese. The eggs give it a deliciously creamy flavor and it’s not as overwhelmingly rich as I expected. It can be found all over Rome, but my favorite location was la Fraschetta di Castel Sant’Angelo, near Vatican City. It’s a small restaurant whose walls are covered by napkins with messages from guests in all different languages.
The dish is incredibly easy to make for yourself too – I was so obsessed with it that I bought the ingredients and cooked some for myself almost immediately after returning home from my vacation. Spaghetti carbonara is made by mixing freshly cooked pasta with a mixture of raw eggs – some recipes use whole eggs, some only call for egg whites, grated pecorino romano or Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Immediately after the pasta is strained and returned to the pot or a mixing bowl, the sauce is stirred in away from direct heat, and then fried guanciale, pancetta, or bacon is stirred in. The hot pasta cooks the sauce and results in a delicious, creamy sauce that will leave you drooling for more.
Kris’s Blog: www.nomadbytrade.com
Rendang at Bali Bar
Should it be crispy or tender?
Masterchef UK recently caused a bit of a stir in the Southeast Asian culinary world. The judges called out a Malaysian chef who prepared a rendang dish, a culinary pride of the region. The judges said the rendang was “not crispy enough” to consume.
But what is rendang? Why was that remark so controversial?
Rendang originated in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra. One of the traditions in the area is to carry well-preserved food with you for the long journey. Rendang, a tender beef curry dish, simmered in coconut cream overnight, flourished. While the original recipe using water buffalo meat instead of beef is no longer common, rendang remains very popular.
Both Malaysia and Indonesia claim it as a national dish.
The Masterchef UK controversy is one issue that brings Indonesia and Malaysia together. Each agrees on how rendang is to be prepared. And it is decidedly not crispy, but a tender, savory dish! The good news is that the show did elevate the status of rendang and drew attention to this delicious delicacy. More and more people want to taste it – even if it’s just to see what the fuss is about. That’s good news both for rendang seekers and Indonesian cuisine worldwide.
Everywhere you go in the world, you can find Indonesian restaurants that serve rendang. In Rome, I recommend Bali Bar Restaurant. Located in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, Bali Bar only opens for dinner. You can enjoy a late Indonesian meal from 8 pm to 2 am.
For 15 EUR, you can get a rendang served with white rice. While the restaurant has been retrofitted to serve the Italian community, it’s still a great place to find Indonesian flavors in the middle of Rome.
Halef’s Blog: www.thertwguys.com