This walking tour is a great mix of sightseeing, history lessons, funny local anecdotes and of course delicious food tasting through the streets of Rome. This is the perfect walk for first time visitors of Rome who are looking for food havens in the city.
During the tour you will visit 7 selected food spots in the historic centre of Rome where you will sample not only traditional Roman cuisine but also food from other Italian regions.
We took part in this amazing tour guided by lovely local girl Roberta who taught us a lot about rich Rome's history, told us interesting food stories and also revealed some of the secrets of the local life.
The meeting point of the tour was "Pane Vino e San Daniele" osteria, which was also the first food stop on our tour. The authentic Italian ambience and friendly hospitality of the staff made us feel very welcome.
Once everybody had gathered together, it was time to sample the food. In the cosy atmosphere of the place we were served with a mass of amazing food: San Daniele prosciutto, cacciota cheese and buffalo milk ricotta with honey. Our favourites were two creamy polenta dishes: one topped with a red meat sauce and cheese and the other one with mushrooms and cheese. With the dinner we also enjoyed superb white and red wines.
Our second food stop was the "Nonna Betta" restaurant in the Jewish Ghetto where we tasted one of the dishes that originate from this part of Rome Carciofi alla Giudia (Jewish-style artichokes). These artichokes were so tasty with a perfectly crisp golden exterior and tender heart.
You can't visit Italy without tasting their pizza. And whilst one of the world's favourite foods actually originates from Naples and not Rome, it's still really good in Rome.
We headed to "Antico Forno Roscioli" which offers sweet and savory baked goods made in a traditional way for generations.
Here we tasted a perfect Margherita pizza - thin, crispy and fresh from the oven, which was served with a cold beer and sodas. Our guide Roberta surprised us with delicious savoury cake.
Now it was time for our second sit down dinner at the "Da Pancrazio" restaurant where you can admire the ruins of the famous Theatre of Pompey.
This family-owned restaurant serves authentic Roman food based mostly on seasonal produce. Here we had pasta paglia e fieno - yellow and green pasta, pasta e ceci - soup with pasta and chickpeas, melanzane alla parmigiana - an Italian classic made of aubergines, tomatoes and parmesan cheese. The side dish of assorted vegetables fried in an olive oil was fantastic.
First of all we tried a strawberry granita (made of sugar and water), a Sicilian classic - cannolo - a crisp pastry tube filled with ricotta cream and cakes called Minne di Sant' Agata. These round cakes are made of a sponge cake, ricotta cream with chocolate chips with a white icing and candied cherry on the top. We also tried chocolate from Modica (cioccolata di Modica) - a special chocolate with a grainy texture and aromatic flavour. At the end we enjoyed a rosolio liqueur.
We then headed to "Sant' Eustachio Il caffe", situated just a few steps from Piazza Navona, an ancient coffee shop and roaster founded in the thirties. Here we had a strong Italian espresso to wake us a bit. Inside the shop you can buy a selection of coffee as well as a range of Italian sweets.
At the end of the tour we popped into the "Corona" gelateria, where we enjoyed true gelato made of fresh and natural ingredients. It wasn't easy to decide which flavour to choose from as they all looked so tempting. The choice ranged from chocolate, hazelnut, almond, pistachio, stracciatella, chestnut, mango and berries to some unusual flavours such as a refreshing combination of lemon and basil.
In between tasting the variety of food we enjoyed an evening stroll down the cobbled streets of Rome and discovered its popular sights. We visited Piazza Mattei with its charming Fontana delle Tartarughe (The Turtle Fountain). One of the most interesting parts was to learn about the Jewish Ghetto, which has a very turbulent history. There we admired the Great Synagogue of Rome, built from 1901 to 1904 on the banks of the Tiber River.
We walked to Campo de' Fiori - a bustling square with a market by day and a gathering place with many bars and restaurants by night. The impressive monument of Giordano Bruno stands at the centre of this beautiful square.
Just few streets away you will find Piazza Farnese with the beautiful Farnese Palace - the Renaissance palace designed by most prominent architects, including Michelangelo. One of our stops was Piazza Navona with its Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) and Egyptian obelisk in the middle.
You will experience all of this and much more if you take part in the Jewish Ghetto & Campo de' Fiori by night food tour. Our time passed so quickly as we enjoyed our food, the lovely company of our guide and tour companions as well as the evening atmosphere of Rome. This tour was the highlight of our visit to Rome and we would recommend it to anyone visiting this amazing place.