La Dolce Eat-a: The Best Foods in Rome


I know that we took a look at the top ten things I ate in Rome (just updated with more photos!!), but to think of Rome as the sum of its individual parts would be a mistake.  There is a larger story to tell.

First off, I should admit that I’m not going to be able to do justice in this post to the experience of eating a week’s worth of meals in Rome.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not a good enough writer, though that may be true.  I think it’s just that you can’t really talk about eating in Rome in a way that can even remotely replicate the experience.  That said…

If you are a lover of food, you owe it to yourself to go to Rome at some point.  If you fancy yourself a decent home cook, you really should go and see how you can make simple ingredients delicious.

And if you work in an Italian restaurant, you should be required to go to Rome.  There really ought to be some sort of licensing process involved.

Here’s the thing, though.  It wasn’t just about how good the food tasted, although that’s something we’ll cover point-by-point at a bit later.  What was amazing was that there is an overwhelming and all-consuming food culture.  It seeps into everything there.  I was there less than one full week and it’s easily the greatest single food experience of my life.

What was so impressive?  It was the little things, and it started first thing in the morning.

Read More