Rome as a city can be so wonderful yet so overwhelming at the same time. It is definitely important to feel the pace of the Eternal city and I feel the best way to do it is to understand through its food.
While it wasn’t my first time in the city, I definitely hadn’t done a food tour ever in Rome… So when I was approached by The Roman Guy , I thought why not?! Not only would it would be a great way to know more about Roman food but also a chance to see the hidden food spots of the city.
Local Foodie Tour in Trastevere
I took the Local Foodie Tour in Trastevere. The tour started at Campo de’ Fiori where our small group of 7 foodies met, a mixed bunch of people from across the world. Our guide, Melissa, originally from Naples came from a family with background in food and seemed very passionate about it.
We made our first stop at a cheese store where we tasted 5 different types of cheese from all over Italy! It was heavenly just being there. With a generous amount of Prosecco, we ate the different type of cheese and I have to say Burrata is and always will be my favorite. I was wistfully reminded of my adventures in Puglia…..
Our next stop was something that was on my bucket list thanks to fellow blogger Natalie. She had mentioned going to Dar Filettaro for its Filetti di Baccala in one of her posts and that’s exactly where I wanted to go too! And we did!
Our group was served a hot plate of deep fried fish called “Baccala” with a pitcher of white wine. It was a killer combination + the fish was so delicious! The place was so off the tourist track that I only saw locals around. This also made the service better….
Next started a 10 minutes walk to the enchanting neighbourhood of Trastevere. We stopped at a small bistro that I could have easily missed. It was super cozy and cute and right at the beginning of Trastevere. The owners, who use organic ingredients in everything they make, happily served us wine with cheese, meat and bruschette! I surprised myself as I fell in love with a cheese and jam combination. I was loving this food tour in Trastevere already!
Melissa mentioned that we were half way through our tour and I believed so was my tummy. But I was ready to have a slice of pizza and that’s just what our next stop was. Pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) was the next thing to eat at another little adorable place in Trastevere’s lively streets. The shop was short and just apt. What a great food tour indeed!
Our second to last food stop was dinner with two types of pasta- Cacio e pepe and Amatriciana- classic Roman dishes! We were informed of their backgrounds and our group enjoyed it with wine and a plate of Parmigiana.
We ended the tour with the classic gelato! (No pic sorry) I chose hazelnut and melon as my flavors. Divine on a hot summer’s day! This food tour in Rome was just what I needed.
WHAT I LOVED:
All in all it was a great food tour as it gave insight into the food of the Romans. The tour group being small also added to the fun. I would especially like to highlight the food quantity which was apt and sufficient. My stomach gave a happy clap at the end.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
Even though I loved the food at the tour, I would have appreciated a better guide. Possibly someone who is fun and energetic and sort of leads through to the tour. You know?? It can totally up the whole tour!
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Disclaimer: I was a guest at The Roman Guy’s Food Tour. However, all opinions expressed here are solely my own. Big thanks to Sian who was the Marketing Voyager at The Roman Guy at the time of the tour. Sian-see you again in Rome or India!
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Ishita is an Indian Blogger who is in love with all things Italian. Every year, Ishita seek’s new experiences and destinations in Italy; from the southernmost tip of Sicilia to the Northern most parts of Piemonte.
Ishita works and lives in Delhi.