The Top 5 Bites in Rome, Italy

Top 5 Bites in Rome, Italy

“Ciao bella! Cosa cerchi? Vuoi un gelato?”

Translation: “Hi beautiful! What are you looking for? Do you want gelato?”

When is the answer to that question ever going to be no?

Gelato and coffee all day? Yes, please! Rome is the paradise of the foodies and the coffee addicts. Whether you are looking for the perfect plate of pasta or indulge on a gelato, I can assure you there is a flavour for you hidden somewhere around the streets of the Centro Storico or between the walls of the lively Trastevere neighbourhood.

Going into the streets of Rome is an overwhelming experience to all the senses; every street has its own history to tell, the city shines as much at night as it does in the daylight, the colours are perfectly synchronised in every corner, and the flavours of each dish create a unique experience.

I have been on a food quest every since I moved to Rome, making it my mission to get my hands on the best food in the city.

Now, I would like to take you through my favourite places bite by bite. Shall we?

Get your daily coffee dose at Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè

Romeo & Giulia

Start off your morning right at Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè at Piazza Sant’Eustachio in the center of the city.  During my last visit I was greeted by Raimondo, who guided me through the summer specials and advised me to get a Romeo & Giulieta with a Arogosta con crema; the dream of the coffee addicts with a sweet tooth!

The Romeo & Giulieta is a cold speciality made with frappé-style coffee, a touch of chocolate mousse and whipped cream on top. The aragosta is a small and crunchy pastry, filled with a soft vanilla cream.
Address: Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82. 00186, Rome, Italy.

The best pizza in Rome: Da Baffetto

Pizza Baffeto

What would be a visit to Rome without trying pizza in one of its most famous pizzerie?

Mr. Volpetti Idolo, best know as Baffetto, is the founder of this famous restaurant and I was greeted  at the door by his staff with big arm gestures as only Italians do the first time I went.

I went to Baffetto for my birthday in March and our waiter recommend the funghi, cipolla e salcicia pizza. This pizza is prepared in a thin crust, glazed with a soft marinara sauce and topped with mushrooms, onions, sausage and grated cheese. You think you know pizza until you try it at Baffeto

Address: Via del Governo Vecchio, 114, 00186 Rome, Italy.

Carciofo alla Giudia at Portico d’Ottavia

Carcioffo alla Giudia

Portico d’Ottavia is a street located in the historic heart of Rome and has many restaurants for you to choose from to try the Carciofo alla Giudia. This is one of the most famous dishes of the Roman Jewish cuisine. It is mainly served during spring time. The preparation of the dish is quite simple: the artichoke is deep-fried once to soften it up. Then, the artichoke is cleaned up eliminating the outside leaves. Finally, it is fried one more time and seasoned with salt and pepper. It has a crunchy texture on the outside and it’s soft on the inside. I recommend sprinkling some lemon juice and olive oil on top!

Address: Via del Portico D’Ottavia, 29, 00186 Rome, Italy.

Gelato at Gelateria della Palma 

Gelato

Your visit to Rome wouldn’t be complete if you don’t have a gelato. Whether you come during winter  or summer time, this has to be a must-eat during your visit. I’ve try gelato in many places, but my favourite is Gelateria della Palma in Via Maddalena. This place has over 150 flavours for you to choose from and it is the official ice-cream distributor of the Pope’s favourite flavour: crema del cardinale!

I am more of a tropical-flavours-and-sorbet kind of girl so I went with lemon sorbet, passion fruit and coconut (made with soy milk). Enjoy!

Address: Via della Maddalena, 19-23, 00186 Rome, Italy.

Dinner time! Pasta alla Carbonara at Da Robertino

Pasta alla Carbonara

This is one of my favourite Italian dishes and this restaurant is well known for it! This type of pasta is a Roman speciality and when paired with a nice glass of white wine, makes for the perfect dinner. At Da Robertino the pasta is cooked al dente and topped with a carbonara sauce made with pancetta, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese and a special touch given by sheep’s milk cheese.

Address: Via Panisperna, 231, 00184 Rome, Italy.

Rome has a plate for every palate! Buon appetito! 

VISA DE ESTUDIANTE PARA ITALIA

Nunca pensé decir esto… ¡Que gusto y que fácil es tramitar una visa de estudiante! Mis experiencias tramitando visas de estudiante son generalmente turbulentas y son la mayor causa de estrés cada vez que empiezo un nuevo proyecto para continuar mi educación. Pero, oh no no no, los italianos cambiaron mi percepción para siempre. La visa de estudiante para Italia fue sencillísima y rápida. El proceso lo realicé en la embajada italiana en Londres en donde, en menos de 3 horas tramitaron mi visa con la mejor actitud.  more “VISA DE ESTUDIANTE PARA ITALIA”

COUCHSURFING IN EGYPT

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I posted my trip to Egypt in the public trips in Couchsurfing about a month before going because… it’s me, I still need to learn how to let go of my control freak self. People usually give themselves a week or two to find a host, and I indeed learned that this timeframe is more than enough. But since this was my first experience with Couchsurfing I think I have an excuse. So I posted my trip at around 1am and when I woke up 9 hours later I had 20 messages! I couldn’t believe how hospitable and welcoming people in Egypt were. Weeks went by and I was hardly keeping up with the messages because there were too many amazing people wanting to either host me or show me around. I received a total of 120 messages that ranged from advice on how to get from Hurghada to Cairo or Alexandria, to how to take care of diarrhea (was that too much info? yeah? ok). Something that really moved me was how important it was to be Colombian. Moral: it’s not you traveling, it’s you flag. It’s really amazing how many people wanted to help me and meet me just because they had met another Colombian and they loved our culture. So, kudos to people from Tolima, Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin, which were some of the cities people mentioned, who made a great impression and left the door opened for others. Getting emotional right here. Anyways, our plans changed quite a bit because of some safety concerns and we decided to spend most of our time in Hurghada, 9 days in total. more “COUCHSURFING IN EGYPT”

EL SINDROME DE LONDRES- PORQUE LONDRES ES LONDRES

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Siempre que estás a punto de dejar algo o comenzar una nueva etapa tiendes a evaluar tu experiencia, o por lo menos yo lo hago, y mi partida de Londres no fue la excepción. En las últimas semanas, en las que usualmente se reflexiona más, tuve la suerte de toparme con el artículo de Aniko del blog “Viajando por Ahí”, en donde habla acerca del Síndrome de París. ¡Que cosa más loca! more “EL SINDROME DE LONDRES- PORQUE LONDRES ES LONDRES”

THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY: MY 10-HOURS EXPRESS VISIT

From Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International airport to the Blue Mosque

Before my express trip to Istanbul I asked in Couchsurfing for some advice on things to do in Istanbul and how to get from the airport to the Blue Mosque area. Lots of people answered and even though I specified that I was only going to be in the city for about 10 hours I was invited to stay with over 30 people and some others wanted to get a chance to be part of a cultural experience, which I thought was pretty cool. I was even invited to stay in Georgia and Jordan! I am really thankful for those who took the time to explain the way transportation worked and gave me some ideas of places to visit. Once in Istanbul the process was so much easier. This is how to get from the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International airport to the Blue Mosque: more “THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY: MY 10-HOURS EXPRESS VISIT”

ESTUDIAR UN AÑO EN LONDRES: ¿QUÉ EMPACAR?

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En mis 5 años estudiando en el exterior y en mis viajes de vuelta a Colombia he aprendido a clasificar lo que es necesario y a empacar la mitad de eso porque es lo que realmente termino utilizando. En este post quisiera compartir algunos tips acerca de lo que debes empacar para estudiar un año en Londres y de cómo maximizar el espacio en tu maleta. Está un poco mas destinado a ayudar a mi lectoras pero podrás encontrar información útil así sea de genero masculino!  more “ESTUDIAR UN AÑO EN LONDRES: ¿QUÉ EMPACAR?”

HOW TO GET AROUND IN LONDON

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I have to admit that I am one of the least oriented person you will ever meet. Many friends who had the chance to ride with me can testify that I can get lost with a GPS and my phone giving me directions at the same time. I was relieved to find out that London’s transportation system was simple and foolproof. It is COLOR-CODED!! It doesn’t get easier than that. In this post I will explain the transportation systems that I have used the most. more “HOW TO GET AROUND IN LONDON”

THE MAGIC OF THE UK

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One of my biggest passions is reading and ever since I encounter the magic of Harry Potter I’ve been an absolute fan. I’ve been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL and I loved it! Up until I moved to London, I didn’t know of the existence of the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour. I ran into a Groupon that offered after hours and WAND MOVES CLASSES and off course I freaked out. I made it my mission to visit while I was still here in London. more “THE MAGIC OF THE UK”

WELCOME!

So, here I am. Finally doing it. The cztravels.com domain has been sitting in cyberspace for two and a half years patiently waiting for me to gather courage to fill out its empty pages. more “WELCOME!”