There are so many things to do in Rome that you are often spoilt for choice. While you shouldn't skip the visit to the main sights such as the Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi or the Pantheon one of the must-do things should be doing a guided food tour.
These tours are usually guided by locals who will take you through the streets of Rome and pass to you the love for Italian cuisine. You will visit a range of food places - restaurants, pastry shops, gelaterias, gastro shops and food markets. While attending food tours you will taste not only typical Roman food but also the variety of dished from other Italian regions.
Each food tour takes you throughout the streets of one Roman neighbourhood and reveals the best food places you can find there.
Jewish Ghetto is a part of Rome next to the Tiber river, where you can tray some traditional dishes from the Jewish Roman cuisine such as carciofi alla Giudia (nice crispy deep fried artichokes). Nearby Piazza Campo de' Fiori is popular square lined with restaurants, pastry shops and cafés.
For those interested in experiencing non-touristy side of Rome, a food tour of Prati would be the right choice. This residential area of Rome, situated north of the Vatican, is known for its wide avenues, elegant building and modern European charm. The area also houses restaurants, passticerias, wine bars and other food places ideal for enjoying authentic local food.
In Prati there is a large food market, Trionfale market where you can find food products from all around Italy. On this market you can buy a variety of vegetables, fruits, cured meat, cheese, fish, fresh pasta, herbs etc. Don't miss trying "porchetta" from the local vendor - slow-roasted pork - sprinkled with herbs. It is both juicy and crispy at the same time and is a classic of Italy's Lazio region, more specifically the town of Ariccia, in the Castelli Romani. It is wonderful eaten on its own or in a panino.
While touring the Prati be sure to taste the most popular Roman snack - pizza al taglio (pizza by piece). They top the pizza with a variety of ingredients - from prosciutto, mortadella, salami, mozzarella, zucchini flowers, potatoes, mushrooms etc.
The Testaccio neighbourhood is a charming residential part of Rome. This area is where "cucina romana" was born. In the area you will find local trattorias serving authentic Roman food - a range of pastas (cacio e pepe, spaghetti alla carbonara, amatricana, gricia), trippa alla romana, saltimbocca alla romana etc. Visit to Testaccio is the right opportunity to taste some of the best Roman snack food - suppli (rice ball filled with mozarella), pizza bianca, bruschetta etc.
Cake shops (pasticcerias) can be found on every corner of the Rome. They offer a wide variety of cakes starting from variety of croissants, donuts, Sicilian cannoli, pies etc. If you are fond of sweets take a dessert tour of the Rome and enjoy the best Italian desserts along the true Italian espresso.
Most food tours end with an artisanal gelato made of only natural ingredients. Your guide will teach you how to distinguish real gelato from the fake one, and you will never ever be fooled again. You will have a hard time to choose between a numerous gelato tastes on offer.