The Original Testaccio Food Tour with Eating Europe

Food tours are a great way to discover the unique Italian cuisine in Rome, learn about the history of the dishes, and explore some of the most interesting neighborhoods in the Eternal City. One of the best companies to explore it was the first company to really start leading edible days out in Rome:  Eating Europe Italy Food Tours.

Are you planning a trip to Rome? Lemme tell you how it’s going to be:

It’s going to be awesome. You will see beautiful sites, you will hear beautiful language and classical music, and you will eat some good meals. Some.

That’s because you will inevitably wind up in at a place that looked good from the outside, but then delivered the dreaded tourist menu.

Kenny and his guides are here to help.

I went on the Taste of Testaccio Tour after living in Rome for years and I not only learned things, but I ate other delicious things, and also had one of the most fun days out. It was a tasty day which kept us reminiscing about the delicious foods in Testaccio for weeks afterward. (Updated in 2019: This tour was one of our first introductions to the neighborhood — which we have now LIVED IN for over six years. Watch out: it is so delicious that you might end up moving here yourself).

I took the Testaccio food tour with Kenny, the founder of Eating Europe. The Taste of Testaccio food tour will take you on a tour of one of Rome’s quintessential eating neighborhoods. I’m going to date myself, but we saw the old market before it moved to Nuovo Mercato Testaccio.

These days, the market is in an all-new location and looks a bit more like this:

women selected vegetables from a colorful stand at the Testaccio market in Rome

However, all of the tradition is still there. And if it is possible – the food has gotten even better. 

man with back turned wearing a white shirt and cutting prosciutto in front of a market stall on a testaccio food tour

We started with cheese. Cheese. Cheese is the way to my heart. Our food tour was about sampling both Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano, with a bit of mozzarella thrown in. Smiling Enzo and Lina (who I still shop with when I need cheese for home), served up the delicious little bites. 

A man who knows his tomatoes? That doesn’t hurt one bit either! We tried all the fresh, seasonal treats purchased directly for a market still as part of the Testaccio food tour, too!

I won’t give away all of the secrets but after the market, and a stroll around town, we stopped for supplì ::swoon::

The something sweet from one of my favorite bakeries in Testaccio:

AND something savory…

After exploring a foodie paradise known as Volpetti:

After all of these incredible samples, it was finally time to really eat. Lunchtime might very well be my favorite time of day.

If you are thinking: I couldn’t possibly eat that much! I respectfully disagree.

This is just a taste of a very tasty tour. There’s much more to the Testaccio food tour because you get everything from history to entertainment to eats. And eat you will. This tour easily replaces lunch so the price goes towards that – and then you can see if you recover enough for dinner!

It is a great way to try lots of traditional dishes, and get an idea of how to really shop and eat like a Roman. 

You can book your own Taste of Testaccio Tour here!

two kinds of fresh tomatoes on display in crates on a testaccio market food tour

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5 thoughts on “The Original Testaccio Food Tour with Eating Europe

  1. Vincenzo Spina says:

    It’s a real peasure read a so funny blog from an american who came in Rome to live my city as a total experience.
    If you want, I would like let you try one of my favourite restaurants: La Piemontese. You can go there, just having a seat, without asking something on the menu: you will receive a treatment absolutely unbelievable, with A LOT of neverending courses: appetizers, salads, fish, pasta, and so on. Wine and water at will. Incredible quality for a cheap price.
    I REALLY would like to have you as my personal guest during one of our Tour Guides in Rome, ending it (if you want) with a dinner in this restaurant.
    This is our site, hoping that can be interesting for you. We organize private Guided Tours in Rome and Vatican.
    I would try to increase your knowledge with some secret place in Rome, unknown to you…Adding to it a good dinner that you will be able to insert in your blog 🙂

  2. Stephanie Schwob says:

    Just got back from Rome last week. I had seen this review online and decided to do the nighttime Trastevere tour. We had a blast and ate til we were bursting! Our guide, Stefania, was excellent. As a surprise, we even got to stop for a visit at a one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. It is located inside a monastery, and we had to tiptoe down the hallway so as not to disturb the residents. The pharmacy closed in the 1950s after some 500 years in business, and everything was left pretty much in place. So interesting!

    • L'americana says:

      Ohh! That sounds really cool! I was just talking today with some friends about how we should sign up for the evening Trastevere tour soon!

  3. Bianca says:

    Ciao Natalie,

    After reading your post about Eating Italy Food Tours, I decided to book a Rome Food Tour for my younger sister and me when we’re in Rome this summer. Thank you for the recommendation!

    I wanted to ask you what is the easiest way to get to the Testaccio area in Rome on the Metro. Any advice would be wonderful!


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