If you don’t have time for a 6 hour food tour with Elizabeth Minchilli, I would highly recommend the 2 hour street food tour with her daughter Sophie. The tour centered around Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori. One of the special things about a food tour is that you are introduced to shops that you may never have ventured into. At our first stop, we tasted suppli (a bit like a croquette) - a ball of rice stuffed with mozzarella or other “stuffings”. Very delicious. This shop also offers “take away” dishes. The selection of vegetables and rice looked great. We are here for a month+ in a small apartment, so the “take away” would be a good alternative for one of our weeknight meals (when you don’t feel like cooking or sitting in a restaurant). Our second stop, pizza - you’ve seen a lot of that in Rome, but this pizza was superb. My husband especially liked the one with potatoes. Third, we stopped in a restaurant (I know I would not have walked into this restaurant on my own) and ate fried fish - bacala - I don’t think I would have ever thought of eating fried fish in Rome. It was delicious. It was like eating fish (and no chips!). Finally, we stopped in a pork shop in Campo de’ Fiori and sampled a variety of salami. Of course, with each sampling of food, we had a glass of wine (and water is offered). Sophie is a delightful and warm person. She explained the importance and history of the food sampled and talked about her favorite food treats when she was a child. She speaks with great pride about food in Rome. This was a great tour to sample Roman food - not your typical street fare (thinking of hotdogs in NYC, though Food Trucks in NYC are hip and happening!) Our tour was on a Saturday from 5 to 7pm. The cost was 85 euros per person. Method of payment - PayPal or Bank Transfer. Enjoy! PS - If you are traveling solo, this is a great way to join a group tour! (written by K. Towner)
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