The problem isn't what to eat in Rome but where. Tons of restaurants offer the greatest food hits—Amatriciana, Carbonara, Pajata, and Cacio e Pepe pastas; Trippa, Carciofi alla giudea—but nowhere near all of them are noteworthy. In fact, it's really easy to find less-than-stellar versions.
So, when we decided to head to Rome for Off Menu, we turned to Roman resident, co-author of just-release book, Tasting Rome, and food expert, Katie Parla. The New Jersey native has a dizzying array of degrees and qualifications—as in, an art history degree from Yale, a master's from the Università degli Studi di Roma, a sommelier certificate, and an archeological speleology certification—and has lived in Rome for over 10 years. Plain and simple, she's a go-to expert when it comes to what and where to eat in Rome and she taught me more than any book could.
In Rome, we went across the board from casual street food to hidden wine shop and locals-only trattoria. Rome has epic street food and one item in particular the fried risotto balls known as suppli are a must eat, so we started the day off with a taste of a ton of supplì over at Supplizio. From there we tried some local wine, cheese, and charcuterie at the small but impressive wine shop, L'Angolo Divino. But any food lover goes to Rome in search of carbonara, amatriciana, and pajata pastas so we finished the day off with some exceptional pastas at Trattoria Da Cesare Al Casaletto.
I'm not gonna lie though, it all came down to those amazing suppli so I did my best to replicate them for you (though, truth be told, you HAVE to try them IRL if you head to Rome).
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