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Food Wine RomeA Terroir Guide
By David Downie, photographs by Alison Harris
Romans—sophisticated and discriminating—have not been tempted away from a culinary tradition rooted in antiquity and refined over the course of centuries, but practice it to perfection on a daily basis in family-run trattorias, osterias, and artisanal food shops. Author David Downie has spent much of the last thirty years exploring Rome's daunting labyrinth of ancient alleyways and medieval market squares and has uncovered the best and most authentic destinations.
For each neighborhood, listings are broken into three categories: 1) dining: restaurants, trattorias, osterias and other eating places; 2) retail food: bakeries, pastry shops, open markets, groceries, delis, ice cream parlors, salami and ham makers, cheese mongers and cheese makers, etc; 3) wine: wine shops and wine bars. A glossary of essential Roman/Italian food terms make shopping, marketing, and eating fun and rewarding.
Boxed sidebars add entertaining and informative tidbits of city lore, culture, customs, quotes, and anecdotes to bring alive the historic culinary richness and above all the amazingly rich store of food artisans and food and wine outlets of Rome.
About the Author
For the last 25 years David Downie has been writing about European culture, food, wine and travel for publications worldwide. He is the author many books, including Food Wine Italian Riviera and Food Wine Rome, and Quiet Corners of Rome (all The Little Bookroom).
About the Photographer
Alison Harris has worked throughout the world shooting photos for travel books, cookbooks, advertising campaigns, book covers, and magazine articles, including The Pâtisseries of Paris; Chic Shopping Paris; Food Wine Rome, Food Wine The Italian Riviera and Genoa, and Quiet Corners of Rome (all The Little Bookroom).