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8 Best Places to Eat in Rome for Seriously Cheap

Updated 30 May 2021 I moved to Rome as a student, after being laid off, when the exchange rate was painful. You could say I was on a budget. Finding cheap places to eat in Rome was pretty high on my to-do list, seeing as I also did not have a functional refrigerator for a […]

Piadina: Italian Wraps in Rome’s Mercato Testaccio

Testaccio Market is changing. Lela Casa moved out, which is fine because I love the new location. The stand where I used to buy my fruit and vegetables has been cut in half, leasing the space to Romeo. I regularly pick up a juice at Zoe. While I appreciate the new injection of life into […]

Classic Roman Dining at Checchino dal 1887 in Testaccio

Rome Checchino

Checchino’s wood paneled dining room feels frozen in time. And let’s not forget that I am a sucker for crisp linens and retro swiveling barstools studded with copper nails. White jacketed waiters go through an elaborate show of wheeling around a small table and pouring wine through a series of unneeded but atmosphere-enhancing steps. With […]

Zoe: Clean Eating in Mercato Testaccio

zoe fresh juice in Rome

I like to eat balanced meals. For example, I like to balance out all my carbs with a lot of fat. (I recommend pasta alla gricia for this). Or, I like to balance out my dinner with a spot of gelato. I will even balance out my meat with a side of potatoes. Balance is […]

Pianostrada: Pasta and Panini in Trastevere

I rely on Uber a bit too much in Rome… mainly because the attitude I get from many of Rome’s taxi drivers. But trying to take an Uber XL to Pianostrada was the wrong choice. The poor van driver tried valiantly to navigate the vicoli (alleys) of Trastevere, before I told him to stop and let […]

Janta Indian Fast Food in Esquilino

Soooooo…. after quite a bit of travel and then the usual holiday season excess, this is about the right time of year when I pretend that bank accounts are not real things and stop checking my balance. When I know I need to save up again, but I don’t want to completely forgo my laziness […]

Rome’s Eataly by Termini

UPDATE 2019: This Eataly location has closed. The main Rome Eataly is located in Ostiense. The location is now occupied by another Italian gourmet food store know as Officine. Ah, Termini. Termini is Rome’s main train station and the only place in the city where the two metro lines (A and B) cross. It is a […]

Antico Forno Roscioli

Antico Forno Roscioli for street food in Rome

Rome has no shortages of landmarks: Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter’s Square, Pyramid of Cestius, Circus Maximus… But one of my favorite landmarks of all is the bright yellow FORNO sign on Via dei Chiavari. Antico Forno Roscioli is a Roman institution.  Locals come here for their daily bread, a few brutti ma buoni biscotti, and […]