Despite common thoughts Rome during August is not a ghost city. Also because of the financial crisis most Romans currently prefer to have short holiday breaks avoiding a whole month out of the city.
However many places will be closed in August and looking for where to eat may be discouraging.
For visitors coming in Rome it may be helpful recommendations in particular for the 15th of August, Ferragosto public holiday for the religious Assumption celebration. It is the hardest day to find something open in Rome!
As many Romans do we love food markets and we usually go there weekly to corner foodstuffs. A bit more convenient than supermarkets or small district shops and above all selling higher quality products that last also a week in the fridge without losing flavors.
Almost every neighborhood (Rione in Italian) has its market, bigger or smaller, but not always the nearest is the best. With this post we provide some highlights for Food Markets located in areas convenient for tourists visiting Rome in few days.
White smoke at the Vatican! “Habemus Papam”. Last evening in a rainy Rome the new Pope Francis has been named, Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina the first non-European leading the Catholic church. Welcome to Papa Francesco and all the best for his new “journey”!
Hundreds of thousands of people were celebrating in St. Peter square and in the next days Rome will be hosting many additional visitors for this special occasion. Since we blog about food we thought it was the right moment to update our eateries recommendations in the area near the Vatican.
Our latest Italian blog web contest dedicated to brunches has just been closed and here follow the results, translated for our friends not understanding Italian.
Top 5 BRUNCH SPOTS IN ROME
“A Saturday Morning with…Roy Caceres and Borghese Gallery Masterpieces”.
Following the success of the previous special event “A Saturday Morning with…” in collaboration with Chef Cristina Bowerman together with the visit of the amazing Villa Farnesina, we are happy to inform you that we have organized a new edition always at a very special price. A “starred” way to begin 2013!
This time we have coupled other two Roman gems: a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and an exclusive informal Tasting lunch with wine pairings at the Michelin-starred restaurant Metamorfosi (here a blog post we wrote about it). The journalist Federico De Cesare Viola interviews Chef Roy Caceres.
Thank you and Best Wishes to all our Food Tours participants and Blog followers…
Just a few days ago Italy’s 2013 starred restaurants were announced by Michelin. In Rome Heinz Beck at La Pergola is once again the culinary King of the city (the only 3-starred chef) followed by Anthony Genovese at Il Pagliaccio and Oliver Glowig at Aldovrandi Palace who keep their 2 stars. Among the 11 single-starred restaurants there have been three new entries. Luckily we had the opportunity to experience all these three this year!
Let us share some information and pictures to introduce the new stars to foodies who may have already heard a few things about them.
We are not lovers of charts and Top 5/10 lists, especially when talking about food. Too many different elements contribute to the evaluation of a restaurant and of a single dish either. This is why from time to time we leave to our Italian blog readers the scouting of the “best” (it would be better to say the most popular) Roman delicacies with doing a web contest. Of course we do not intend to be absolute, but since votes received are not few the results can be very helpful. And we are used to list the most popular venues in a “pocket” (pdf file) free to download.
Right, the clock is ticking: in just a couple of months we will be once again dealing with the preparation of the tree, crib and decorations, getting ready to taste panettone, pandoro, torrone, lentils, cotechino and…well, we could write an entire chapter of Christmas specialties and last year we did one for Christams Sweets as a guest post for Food Lover’s Odyseey! In a word it will be Christmas time and before we know it the new year will be banging on our door.
Of course the incoming Fall season with its tastes, smells and colors is already making us feel the holiday season is approaching. However, the strong sense of anticipation is amplified by the growing number of “Christmas & New Year’s Eve” google-searches, in a combination mix of all kinds which, just like all roads, lead invariably to Rome. This holds especially true when the search aiming at finding out “where to eat” and “Rome”, takes the reader to last year’s post on Christmas and our Christmas Time Food Tours (check the dates through the calendar).
Here is August! Rome is no more a ghost city for almost the whole month as it was some years ago and it can be a nice period of the year for visiting it too. Some really hot days have to be tolerated of course (but July is not much better from this point of view) and a bit of planning is required to face summer closures, in particular in the central week due to the Ferragosto (15th of August) Italian public holiday.
Since 2010 when we launched our blog in Italian we decided to give our contribution to August planning as far as eateries is concerned, doing some specific and not always simple research (unfortunately few restaurant owners are used to keep updated their websites and social pages) and sharing available information in an easy to use way.
This year in addition to the August openings full list published in our Italian blog (including information about more than 50 recommended restaurants and pizzerias in Rome and nearby), we have decided to write also this blog post with a selection more oriented to visitors that have chosen Rome for a short break or a bit longer holiday.
Hope it helps.
Eat. Explore. Enjoy. Rome!