Tasting Rome Review: A Must-Have Book For Travelers + Foodies

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

tasting rome review

I’m a big fan of Kristina Gill and Katie Parla — two women you need to know about!

Katie is a force to be reckoned with in the Roman culinary world — she’s written more than 20 books about food and travel, and her work has appeared everywhere from The New York Times to Bon Appétit to The Atlantic. Over the years when someone has written me asking about Rome, I’ve just sent them straight to Katie’s blog.

Kristina is the Italy-based food and drinks editor at Design*Sponge — that’s where I first saw her sharing killer insider intel with others — and a photographer who has shot for National Geographic Traveler, Kinfolk and AirBnb.

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When we were looking for in-the-know people for our Rome chapter in Gigi Guides, they were both a deliciously natural fit. Kristina (above left) is Gigi Guides’ Rome “go-to expert” and Katie (above right) contributed a sample itinerary describing her “Perfect Day in Rome” — because hey, the most important criteria for Gigi Guides has always been to get the coolest tastemakers to share their inside scoop with Gigi members, and these two are at the top of their game.

So imagine my surprise and delight when I found out that they were teaming up together to create a cookbook! Yay!

Oh, and I want to give you a copy, ’cause I love you like that.

[Update: winner has been chosen]

Click here to be entered in a draw for a chance to win a copy of Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors & Forgotten Recipes From an Ancient City.



Now, about the book.

Tasting Rome showcases the fresh flavors and forgotten recipes from an ancient city, and every recipe has an interesting story behind it. Some are genuine classics with traditions rooted in two thousand years of history. Others represent the modern and cosmopolitan city Rome has become, with nods to street food, speakeasies and fascinating Libyan Jewish fare. It’s not just a cookbook — it’s also a history lesson and a window into the cultural life of one of the world’s most beloved cities.

There are fab foodie events going on to celebrate this book (it just came out!), like dinners and book signings with a ton of May dates in Portland, Venice (CA), LA, NYC, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago and more. Full list here.


Are you traveling to Rome?

Find out what Kristina and Katie suggest for your trip in Gigi Guides.

Get your paws on this book!

  • Add your name to the list for the draw. [Update: winner chosen]
  • Buy it here.

I hope I’ve inspired you to lean on people you like and trust and read their advice when it comes to your Italy vacation. It’ll save you days of stress (and time you likely don’t have) trying to plan your trips.

With love + gnocchi,


(photo credits: inside book images by Kristina Gill // Clarkson Potter)

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