Food

Eat like a local in Italy with my tips and guides

Pizza from Ruver Teglia Frazionata in Rome, Italy

A local’s guide to the best street food in Rome for budget travelers (and where to eat it)

If you’re visiting Rome on a budget and are worried about being able to eat well, fear not. The Eternal City is packed with excellent street food to keep you fueled as you stroll from monument to museum, and it won’t put too big a dent in your budget. With…

Cremoso di ciocciolato with citrus and extra virgin olive oil at Mazzo in Rome, Italy

Mazzo in Rome

Rome’s newly reopened Mazzo In January of 2019, one of Rome’s hottest restaurants, Mazzo, closed its doors. I was living in Bologna at the time, and I remember reading about its success and subsequent closure, wishing that I had been able to see what all the fuss was about. In…

Tom Yum soup at Pad Thai Kung in Rome, Italy

Pad Thai Kung in Rome

Hello! I’m back, with a love letter to yet another restaurant in the Mercato Irnerio. This time, I’m talking about Pad Thai Kung, which I think may just be Rome’s best Thai restaurant. Read on for all the details! Pad Thai Kung – Thai Street Food in Rome As you…

Pizza margherita at Seu Pizza Illuminati in Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Seu Pizza Illuminati in Rome

Seu Pizza Illuminati Some restaurants are just downright awesome, and Seu Pizza Illuminati is one of these. The young chef, Pier Daniele Seu, is considered by some to be Rome’s most creative pizzaiolo. The menu at Seu Pizza Illuminati There are classic and “old school” offerings on the menu, but the…

Tagliatelle al ragù in Bologna, Italy

Trattoria Gianni in Bologna

Tucked just off one of Bologna’s busiest streets is Trattoria Gianni, a lively little spot that serves up regional dishes, decadent desserts, and a great variety of wines. I ate there for the first time  a few weeks ago after a local recommended it, and it has since then made…

Mercato delle Erbe in Bologna

Mercato delle Erbe in Bologna

Bologna has no shortage of beautiful markets bursting with delicious food. The Mercato di Mezzo doubles as a food hall, where you can sit at communal tables and snack on nibbles from any of the stalls on the first floor. Via delle Pescherie is full of half-underground little market stalls…

Puntarelle salad in Rome, Italy. Puntarelle are in the chicory family, and in Rome they're dressed with a mixture of olive oil, vinegar, garlic, anchovies, and salt and pepper.

What to eat in Rome

Now that I’m living in the Eternal City again, I decided to compile a list of what to eat in Rome for those of you who want to eat authentic, local dishes during your visit. Keep in mind that seasonality is very important in Italy. Recommendations on what to eat…

Mercato di Mezzo in Bologna

Mercato di Mezzo in Bologna

Happy New Year, Luggage and Lifers! I’m back today after a few blissful weeks of relaxation in Maine with my family. I’ve always been a big fan of New Year’s, and not just because it’s also my birthday. I love the feeling that a pure stretch of one year lies before…

Vegan burger at Flower Burger in Rome, Italy

Vegan restaurants in Rome

A few years ago, I had a vegan friend visit when I was living in Padua, and we traveled to Florence and Rome while he was here. I put together a list of some great restaurants with vegan options that we ate at in Florence, and I thought I’d write…

Cicchetti in Venice, Italy

A bacaro tour of Venice

[Updated September 2021] Venice can be a bit of a mystery. I’ve been there countless times, and I still get lost. It can feel like one giant tourist trap in some places, with no authenticity in sight.  The first time I went to Venice, my friends and I were a…