Dining in Rome: Rooftop Restaurants and Special Occasions

In the first installment of “Ask the Italy Expert,” a feature in which I ask Italy travel specialists to help me answer reader inquiries, Stefania Troiani of Rome Shopping Guide about outlet shopping and pastry shops in Rome. This week’s…

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Rome’s Best Trattoria? You decide…

Choice Tables – A Debate Over the Best Roman Trattoria -NYTimes.com How could I possibly let this headline from the New York Times pass me by? Apparently, the global recession has led Italians to rediscover their local trattoria. And where…

Foreign Food Ban in Italy

Now I love Italian food as much as the next person. But, a ban on foreign food in some municipalities and regions is, in my opinion, a kind of gastronomic racism (as described by Italian chef Vittorio Castellani). I learned…

Touring the Venice Lagoon by Pénichette

While browsing the web recently, I happened upon Emmanuelle Jary’s excellent primer on touring the Venice Lagoon on ViaMichelin (full disclosure: I have written for Michelin Travel Guides). But what, I wondered, was a pénichette? Turns out that it is…

Italy Summer Article Round-Up 2008

Lots of Italy-related articles this time of year. So, here goes: New York Times Wandering Beyond Classic Rome (The Frugal Traveler Does Europe on a Budget) On Venice’s Grand Canal in a Kayak Prescription Med (Ischia) Los Angeles Times Exploring…

Rome’s Best Pizza

Think you know the best place in Rome to get a slice (or pizza al taglio, as it were)? Fodor’s Travel Wire recently listed their five favorite pizza joints in the Eternal City and detailed some of the specialties of the…

Dining Near the Forum

I recently received an e-mail from an Unofficial Guide reader asking about the best places to dine near the Roman Forum. The Forum “complex,” which includes the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Colosseum, and Trajan’s Market (and, to a lesser extent,…