No one does food like the Italians. Join me as I rediscover the Roman food scene on a LivItaly Food tour.
This post is written in collaboration with LivItaly.
As you might have gathered from my Instagram, I ventured out on an epic whirlwind tour of Rome last week. However, if you’re a new reader you might not be aware of just how important Rome is to me.
You see, I actually did most of my undergrad as an exchange student in Rome, and from my lovely little flat in beautiful Trastevere I did my very best at exploring everything that the eternal city could possibly offer. Today, I regard my time in Rome as some of the happiest years of my life, and I was of course thrilled when I got the opportunity to introduce my partner to the city I carry so much love for.
Rome is such a stunning city, and I wanted to introduce my partner to everything I love about it – and perhaps especially the food scene (I’m a foodie at heart, after all). Luckily, this opportunity rose when we teamed up with the excellent LivItaly Tours to experience one of their Food Tours of Rome. LivItaly Tours offers a broad range of different tours, and all of them are for small groups – no more than 6 people in each group! This is the perfect way to get a more intimate experience of everything Rome can offer. We both loved our food tour, and we would definitely recommend it! For four hours straight, we laughed, tasted and smelled our way through some of the best food in Central Rome. And omg, there was so much food involved. So much food.
I’m so thrilled to share the highlights of our food tour, but be aware – I don’t think it’s possible to get through this post without getting some masse cravings for pizza, pasta and gelato… Sorry ’bout that.
First Stop: Ham & Cheese
We met our fabulous tour guide Tiffany right next to the fountain on Piazza Mattei (only a quick walk away from the massive Largo Argentina). Originally from the US, Tiffany was now celebrating her 10th anniversary of living in Rome! Tiffany is without doubt one of the more vibrant people I have ever met – she was constantly talking, constantly laughing and very eager to get to know the people in her tour group.
Our first stop was in an Osteria on Piazza Mattei – San Daniele. Here we were served some delicious parma and cheese, and we were even served a wine from the very same region as the ham. It was a great start to our tour, and it was a calm and intimate setting that offered us the chance to properly get to know the other people on our tour. Being only 6 people in one group is absolutely excellent – it reminds you more of an evening out with friends rather than a busy group tour.
Second Stop: the Jewish Quarter
Our second stop was in Rome’s Jewish Quarter, and this was a stop I was incredibly excited about. Although I have visited restaurants in this area on previous occasions, I had yet to try one of their locale specialities…
Deep fried artichoke.
Yes, you heard me.
It may sound incredibly strange, but I promise you this is sooo good!
Third Stop: Pizza time!
By the time we got to our third stop, a busy pizza deli near Largo Argentina, I was already feeling a bit full… But of course, I took one for the team and decided to soldier through even more delicious Italian food.
Tiffany got us lots of different pizza slices, and we ate them standing up (just like the Romans tend to do). My partner seemed to love everything he ate, and one of his favourite slices of pizza turned out to be one with tuna. I prefer mine with eggplant.
We paired the pizza with an ice cold Peroni, and it was so delicious that it definitely made me question why I ever decided to move away from Rome. Oh, pizza, ti amo.
Fourth Stop: Are you ready for pasta?
Our last food stop of the evening was in a beautiful ristorante overlooking the magnificent Pantheon. At this point, I’m pretty sure I saw one of my fellow tour participants unzipping her trousers in order to eat more food… There’s absolutely no shame in that, and when Tiffany revealed that we would be served not only one, but two pasta dishes, I think we all considered unzipping our trousers… As usual, we soldiered on.
Our first pasta was the ever so classic Carbonara. It was so rich, so creamy and the bacon was perfectly cooked and left us with a smokey aftertaste. Yum!
The second pasta was Cacio e Pepe. This pasta is very similar to a traditional Carbonara – it was actually first developed by the Jewish community due to the fact that they cannot eat pork. Most people on my tour actually preferred this to the original Carbonara, and I must admit that this is actually one of my favorites as well!
Last Stop: Can you handle some gelato?
Our tour ended with a cup of gelato in a nearby gelato bar. The gelato was incredibly good, but I was a wee bit disappointed that they didn’t take us to Gelateria del Teatro which is arguably the best gelato place in Rome. Like, it’s the best one. No doubt. End of discussion.
All in all, we had such a wonderful time thanks to LivItaly Tours. The food was amazing, and our guide Tiffany was incredibly good. However, there are a few things I would have preferred to be different. Personally, I found it to be too much food and not enough wine (haha, I guess no one is surprised by that!). We were served one glass of wine at Osteria San Daniele, one small glass of beer with the pizza, and one glass with the pasta dish. I could easily have been served both less pizza and pasta, and rather have had an extra glass of wine with my meal. But I reckon that’s down to personal preferences.
We had such a great time, and I couldn’t possibly recommend LivItaly Tours more. If I were you, I would definitely check them out on your next visit to the eternal city.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that Cavaforlunch was invited as a guest to LivItaly’s Food tour. However, all opinions (and typos!) are, as always, entirely our own.
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