Hi friends, welcome back! As you know, Jon and I are big foodies, so we couldn’t go to Rome without joining a food tour. I booked ours through Eating Europe and they have tours in quite a few cities around Europe. Our tour was a Twilight Trastevere Tour that lasted four hours. That sounded like a long time before booking, but it just flew by! I believe there were twelve of us in the group (Hi Betty if you’re reading this 😊 ) and our guide Toni was fabulous! She was from Australia but spent a lot of time in Italy and seemed to know everyone in Rome. She also hosted a few Italian cooking shows on tv so she really knew her craft. We met on Tiber Island and Toni gave us a history of the Trastevere neighborhood and we all introduced ourselves by saying our favorite Italian food. It is nearly impossible to choose one, but I went with gelato. Before diving in to this post, I will add my disclaimer that this post will cause hunger!
Our first stop of the tour was at Da Enzo al 29, you may recognize the name from my Rome Food post. We got to stop here before the restaurant opened for dinner and try their delicious burrata and fried artichoke. We also got to scope out the line for when we’d come back on our final night in Rome.
Our next stop was at Biscottificio Innocenti, a 4-generation, family-owned business for some delicious biscotti that was so soft. We got to see inside the bakery and it smelled heavenly! The secret to the biscotti is a unique conveyor belt oven from the 1950s that bakes the cookies at an even temperature throughout. The most popular cookie at the shop is the brutti ma buoni (translating to “ugly but good”).
We then headed to Le Sette Oche in Altalena for some Cacio e Pepe and Rigatoni alla Burrino. This was our first Cacio e Pepe of the trip, but we preferred it at Da Enzo.
Our next stop at La Norcineria Iacozzilli was one of my favorites, it was so good!! We had melt-in-your-mouth roast pork from the “King of Porchetta,”. If we were staying in this area, I’d go back for sandwiches every day. The meat was so flavorful.
Next door we had Suppli at Pizza at Gusteria al 17. Suppli is a popular Roman street food that is essentially a fried rice ball that can be filled with different things. The one we had here was rice, cheese, tomato sauce and so delicious. We didn’t get to try it, but all the reviews online say this spot has some of the best lasagna people have ever had. I think I’ve got to go back!
In between food stops we strolled the beautiful and charming streets. Next time I’m in Rome I’d love to explore this charming area more.
We then stopped at La Boccaccia for some yummy pizza slices. My favorite was the tomato sauce and basil one, but the potato one tasted good too. The crust had such a nice crunch and the toppings all had such a great flavor.
Our final stop of the night was at Spirito Divino for dessert, a delicious and creamy crème brûlée. This restaurant is unique because it has a wine cellar that is 90 years older than the Colosseum. It was a great way to end the tour.
We loved this food tour and exploring the Trastevere neighborhood! The tour was so well organized and everything tasted so delicious! It was a great group of people too and we enjoyed meeting fellow travelers and hearing about their plans for their time in Italy. We’d definitely book with this tour company in the future and highly recommend joining a food tour in Rome, you won’t be disappointed!
Posts in this series:
- Where to Stay & Eat
- Piazza Michelangelo & Ponte Vecchio
- Uffizi Gallery
- Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Accademia
- Climbing the Duomo
- Duomo Museum, Bell Tower, & Baptistry
- Palazzo Vecchio & Tuscon Wine Tour