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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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Milano

17 May

Italy feels so long ago, but I still like to close my eyes and go back there. It was a wonderful trip – filled with friends, food and amazing cities. Although we spent the majority of our trip in Rome, we also visited Milan since Thomas, Sebastian’s twin, was studying there at the time. And we never pass up an opportunity to explore a new city, so we started and ended our vacation there.

Lucky for us, Thomas’s girlfriend Milena was also visiting – I love it when the four of us can get together. The first day we took things slow, starting at this great little restaurant called Bello e Buono that Thomas discovered on, you guessed it, Trip Advisor.

Bello E Buono #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com Gnocchi #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

We came in at the end of a very busy lunch hour. The place was tiny so we waited patiently for a table. Everything felt quintessentially Italian – loud kitchen, homemade pasta and pizza, and traditional decor. We talked to the owner after our meal, such a nice guy, and he generously gifted us a bottle of homemade wine. Our day was off to a great start.

Eating Gnocchi #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Fresh Pasta #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Group Photo #Milan

After lunch we walked to the Milan Cathedral (Duomo) and its plaza filled with pigeons and tourists. I loved people watching there. We also checked out the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest malls. I wouldn’t call it a mall, though.

#Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

#Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

#Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Then we headed to Sforza Castle – the inside was closed but it was cool walking around the interior courtyard. It would make for a cool movie set. We wrapped up our evening at a little café to catch up and swap stories about how we met.

After Rome, we came back to Milan. The last day of our trip we went back to the Duomo and met up with Thomas and Milena at an outdoor market. We decided to pick up some fresh ingredients and spend the evening making dinner together.  Before heading home we stopped at California Bakery, near Thomas’s school, for dessert and a cappuccino. Then it was off to cook!

Duomo Daytime #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Pigeon Chasing #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Market #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

#Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

We had a blast making dinner together. Me and Milena were dancing around in between chopping veggies, and the boys were figuring out how to recreate the deep-fried artichokes we had in Rome. When everything was said and done, our dishes included homemade guacamole, tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella, fresh bread and fried eggplant.

Dinner #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

With just a couple of days, we only scraped the surface of Milan. But it was more fun hanging out with good friends versus trying to be super tourists. As I always say, it’s just another reason to go back some day.

Falling in love with Rome

23 Jan

It’s been almost three months since I visited Rome, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. What a beautiful, stunning, wonderful city. It took me all of one hour (probably less) before I was head over heels in love. Rome is incredible, and I can’t wait to share all the details from our trip – I know I’ve been a bad blogger, but I’m getting back on track!

The bf and I spent a lot of time wandering down side streets, and we always found something interesting around the corner. Rome is the perfect city for getting lost. We spent five days exploring different neighborhoods and checking out the touristy spots. Maybe it was how old everything is, but I couldn’t get enough. Even the touristy spots were lovely to me. Here’s a look at touristy Rome…

–Piazza Navona–

Piazza Navona in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Piazza Navona in Rome Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Fountain of the Four Rivers at Piazza Navona in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

The church of Sant'Agnese in Agone at Piazza Navona in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

–Campo de’ Fiori–

Campo de' Fiori flower stand in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Campo de' Fiori market in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Campo de' Fiori flower stand in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

–Pantheon–

Pantheon exterior in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Pantheon interior in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Piazza della Rotonda fountain in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

–Trevi Fountain–

Trevi Fountain in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Trevi Fountain in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

–National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II–

National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

–St. Peter’s Square–

St. Peter's Square in Rome Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

–Colosseum–

Colosseum in Rome Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Colosseum in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

–Circus Maximus–

Circus Maximus in Rome Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Circus Maximus in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

–Tiber Island–

Bridge to Tiber Island in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

Tiber Island in Rome | www.the-wild-child.com

I have more detailed posts to share, but for now please enjoy the views of Rome. More to come soon!