5 Things to Eat and Drink in Rome and Florence
This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what -- where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town.
All photos by Katie Johnson
For most people travel means sightseeing and shopping, but for foodies, they are just ways to kill time between meals. When getting your overseas fix of culture and carbohydrates, there's no better place to start (and finish) than Italy. A mecca of fine art, fine handbags, and most importantly, fine cuisine, Italy is our go-to spot to be gluttons of gluten.
Unfortunately, tourist-bound cities can easily be overwhelming. And though flying by the seat of one's pants is great idea in theory, taking a chance on the wrong trattoria can leave you ordering off a menu that offers Parmesan nuggets and hamburger pizza.
Which is why we're dishing on our five favorite things to eat and drink when in Rome, and in Florence.
Cacio e Pepe
Piazza Santa Cecilia, 24, Roma, Italy
+39 06 580 0757
This local favorite, located a safe distance from the usual tourist trap trattorias, came recommended by friends, family, and most importantly, by Anthony Bourdain. The celebrity chef put the spotlight on Roma Sparita during his hit Travel Channel show, No Reservations. While the menu is reasonably priced and any dish is a safe bet, the star of the show here is the Cacio e Pepe. A simple set up with to-die-for flavor, this dish combines handmade tagliolini pasta with pepper and pecorino cheese served in served in a delicate basket of baked Parmesan. It was arguably one of the best things we ate in Rome and quite possibly our entire lives.
We're not even ashamed to admit that we tried to eat there a second time in our brief week stay, but alas, the place was booked through the night -- turns out , if you're not Anthony Bourdain, you really should make some reservations.