Eating Italy

13 Aug

Have you ever been on a food tour? For a long time, I wasn’t entirely sold. Why would you spend money to have someone take you to restaurants when you could go on your own? I was oh so wrong.

When Sebastian and I were in Rome last fall, I was trying to find something unique to do for his birthday. I found a food tour company and decided it might be a fun gift. If anything we would eat some great food together.

The tour was way more than food. Eating Italy provided an incredible experience filled with amazing food, great wine, awesome locals and tons of history. We went on the Twilight tour in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere. The best part was visiting an area in Rome we might not have gone to otherwise. Trastevere is really lovely. It doesn’t feel like you’re in a big city, but rather a quaint Italian community. We enjoyed getting away from all the tourists and feeling like one of the locals for an evening.

Here are the stops we made along the way if you’re interested:

Da Enzo al 29
Address: Via dei Vascellari, 29

Our first stop was a small trattoria on a side street in Trastevere. We had burrata with prosciutto and melon, as well as some prosecco to kick off the tour. Sebastian and I loved this restaurant so much that we came back on our last day in Rome.

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Spirito di Vino
Address: Via dei Genovesi 31 a/b

Our second stop included some fantastic red wine and appetizers. More incredible than the food was the location. We spent our time in Spirito di Vino’s wine cellar, which is actually 150 years older than the Colosseum. Fun fact: one of the statues we saw in the Vatican Museum (see below) was found buried in the cellar.

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Innocenti
Address: Via della Luce 21

I love sweets so this was a perfect stop for me. The Innocenti bakery is still run by the same family who opened it in 1920, and the cookies are still made in the same oven from the 1950s.

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Antica Caciara
Address: Via di San Francesco a Ripa 140

Another family-run joint, this salumeria delicatessen is well-known to the Trastevere locals. We sampled several meats and cheese and talked with the owner who started working there when he was 13.

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

 –Osteria der Belli
Address: Piazza Santa Apollonia 9

I loved this restaurant situated near the center of Trastevere. It had a great patio where we sampled several dishes off the menu, including smoked swordfish, ravioli and carbonara. This was also a return spot during our trip.

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

La Renella
Address: Via del Moro 15

This lively bakery was one of the coolest stops on the tour. Before we sampled some of their delicious pizza, we visited the oven room. We met Massimo (seen below) who is 82 (82!) and still baking up bread, which we learned is served in many restaurants across Rome.

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Fatamorgana
Address: Via Roma Libera 11

The last stop of the tour was the best gelateria in Rome. They offer real gelato made from natural ingredients. We could sample two flavors, and I tried the honey lemon and ginger as well as the almond apple and cinnamon. Some of the flavors were very unique like rosemary and chocolate or goat cheese and coconut. We came back here again on our last night – you know, when in Rome.

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Trastevere food tour #Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Not only was the food out of this world, but we learned some cool facts about the city and spent time in an incredible neighborhood. I definitely recommend Eating Italy if you find yourself in Rome.

Eating Italy
http://www.eatingitalyfoodtours.com/
1-215-688-5571

P.S. Sebastian and I will be in San Francisco for a few days in September. Any great food recommendations?

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One Response to “Eating Italy”

  1. Pat 08/13/2014 at 8:34 pm #

    I always enjoy and look forward to reading about all the unique places you and Sebastian have traveled too… You should write a book. Love you. :-)

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