Wanderlust: Rome part II, the culinary adventure

I did not expect to be so smitten by the food culture in Rome. I know, seriously, how was that possible? How many cookbooks on Italian cooking can be found in an average bookshop? How many cooking shows are out there? Well, I do have an excuse here – I hardly ever watch tv. But the true reason is different, and so prosaic…that is downright silly.  Years ago, I worked in an American-Italian cafe as a cook. Menu was very limited, and while the wood oven pizza, which I had nothing to do with, was great, the pasta with alfredo sauce or shrimp scampi must have turned my taste buds off. I could not understand how anyone would gobble down so much pasta with plain cream, and keep coming back for more. If this was Italian cooking, I was not buying into it.

When I found myself in Rome this June for Bay and Orellana food photography and styling retreat, I headed for the familiar ingredients, to taste the waters. Pasta with porcini mushrooms? Bring it on, I have never heard of anyone ever ruining anything by adding porcinis, after all.  Follow along for a feast of color, taste, and simple elegance. Rome, as I see it…

Stop 1: Cafe alfresco dining

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Stop 2: Dessert hour at the Apartment

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Stop 3: Alfresco lunch in the country

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. boris says:

    Everything looks so great!

    1. dorota says:

      Oh, it was! I loved the outdoor oven and grilled mackerel so much…

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