Eating my way through Rome

A Food Tour Of Rome’s Testaccio District

Anyone who has known me or read any of my blogs will know that I am not one to turn down an opportunity to try some of the finer things in life, and I recently had the opportunity to try a food tour of the beautiful Testaccio district of Rome, Italy. The city itself has developed a strong reputation as one of the most romantic cities in the world, and it is fair to say that I fell in love…with a pastry! Thanks to the lovely people at Eating Italy Food Tours, I was able to get a taste of the real cuisine of Rome, and head a little off the beaten track and discover some food stores that I certainly won’t be forgetting.

The Food Tour

The tour itself is usually held running from the morning into the afternoon, and for those who forget to have a hearty breakfast, there is no need to worry as there is plenty of tasty fare included during the day. Walking around the Testaccio district, we were fortunate enough to have caught Rome on a pleasant sunny day, and this really allowed me to enjoy the area in its best light. The food along the way is wonderful, but it also offers a great insight into life and activity in Rome as this is an active working district of the city, and you will meet many of the real Romans along the way.

Pizza And Pasta

Many of Europe’s best chefs and restaurants can be found in Rome, and one of the important tastings of the tour was that which introduced us to the different pasta dishes that are prepared and eaten regularly by the people of Rome. This was enjoyed at the restaurant Flavio al Velavevodetto, and was served with a nice glass of Italian red, which is another of the great culinary exports of the country. Probably the highlight for me however was the superb slice of pizza that we enjoyed at 00100 Pizza, which has been officially voted into the top three pizzerias in Rome.

Pastries And Bread

Another major part of Italian cuisine are the baked goods that can be sampled along this tour, however, it is the chance to make my own bruschetta which we did in one of the local markets in Testaccio. There are some of us who are natural born chefs, but for me it isn’t normally quite as easy as it appears when done by the professionals, but making bruschetta was really easy, but also tasted absolutely wonderful! One of the stores that we visited was Volpetti, and was the ultimate Italian food store and included a wonderful selection of pastries and bread to buy.

Sweet Treats

While there was plenty of delights for those who love savory foods, it is the sweet treats that I really love, and one of the best of all was the wonderful little cannoli that we tried at Dess’Art. A little fried tube of pastry filled with a delightful creamy filling, it is easy to see why they are so popular among Italians. Gelato is also a big part of the Italian culinary experience, and the lessons on how to make sure you’re tasting the real thing were very useful, particularly as it was a fairly hot day.

The Sights And Sounds Of Testaccio

As well as enjoying the tastes and scents of Testaccio, the tour also takes in a few of the sights of the area, including the stunning Pyramid of Cestius which dates from the first century BC. Another interesting location that we visited within the tour was the grave of British poet John Keats, who was buried within the Protestant Cemetery.

I found the entire tour to be a wonderful insight into the culinary life of the residents of Rome, and while many people may stick to the usual sights, exploring the area and the food of Rome is well worth making time for.

All in all, a totally fantastic time with Eating Italy Food Tours. I highly recommend them for your next trip when you are in Italy.

About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.