February 5, 2018
What’s this? A wild video appears? Shouldn’t be that wild from here on out. We’re back from vacation, back from recovering from the flight and jet lag, and we’re ready to get back into the swing of things. Super fancy food video should be coming next week! For now, though, let’s tell you what to eat in Rome, Italy.
We didn’t plan on doing this video, by the way. We wanted our vacation to be a step away from work. We had looked up some places that we were going to dine at, but other than that we had planned nothing, and expected to just wander around and find places that we liked. We had found, though, that in speaking with everyone, they had tons of places they would recommend. A lot of “oh, but you MUST eat this before you leave Rome!” It’s funny how most Italian people were super adamant about the food we had to eat, rather than the places we had to see. Nobody said we should visit the Vatican, but almost everyone raved about Bonci Pizzarium. And that’s fine with us. We barely saw any of the sites. We didn’t even go to the Vatican, though we were raised by verrrrrry Catholic families. Nope. We went hunting for food, ate many unforgettable meals, and found that we couldn’t help but record our adventures along the way.
What I really found fascinating about everyone’s recommendations, though, wasn’t only about the food. They would say “Go to _____. My friend Mimo works there,” or “Go to ____ for pizza and ask for Ricky.” The recommendations for food were also very much recommendations for people, and – you know – I really liked that. So, here’s the list we want to share with you. None of this video or post contains any product placements. Nobody paid us for this. We’re just sharing the places that we liked, based on what people in Rome told us to try out. And so, here’s the list!
Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà – 25, Via Benedetta, 25, 00153 Roma RM, Italy: the first establishment I went to on my first day wandering around Rome. That’s where I met the guy that gave me lots of beer and I forgot his name but I wrote down his food recommendations. They serve great beer here.
Antica Caciara – Via di San Francesco a Ripa 140 a/B, 00153 Rome, Italy: if you remember the LiveStream of us eating meats and cheeses in Rome, this is where we got most of the stuff. This place here is what I’ll miss the most about Rome. Waking up in the morning, walking down the street to this shop, smelling the meats and cheeses from a few meters away from the door, walking in and seeing Roberto, the Italian Mr. Rogers, and getting our meats and cheeses and bread and wine from him is all a profoundly special memory for me. It’s how I’d love to live out the rest of my days, going to markets in the morning and buying goods from people I like.
Baylon Cafe – Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 151, 00153 Roma RM, Italy: Ok, I’ll be honest. This wasn’t the best espresso that we had. It was really good, don’t get me wrong, but we went here the most because we just loved the vibe of it. The two dudes pulling espresso were always grumpy with each other, but would smile as they handed us our espresso. Their apple croissants are delicious as well
Gelateria del Viale – Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, 9, 00153 Roma RM, Italy: our favorite gelato place out of the five or so we’ve tried. Better by a long shot. Don’t be afraid to get the whipped cream as well. It’s different than what you’re used to. I think I had the Nona’s cream, and it was DIVINE.
Osteria da Fortunata – Via del Pellegrino, 11, 00186 Roma RM, Italy: our favorite pasta place. Everyone there was super nice, and every pasta dish we had was great EVERY time we went there, and we went often.
Trattoria da Augusto – Piazza de’ Renzi, 15, 00153 Roma RM, Italy: totally love this place for their “meh” attitude and delicious food. They’ll serve you whenever they want, and won’t be friendly, but damn their food is great. And we sat beside Thom Yorke so that made it even more special for us.
Pizzarium Bonci – Via della Meloria, 43, 00136 Roma RM, Italy: nobody I spoke with in Rome hesitated for a second when we mentioned this place for Pizza. Everyone we asked about this place loves it.
Barbara’s Place – You gotta book it online before you go. It’s in Trastevere, and the link is here.
I want to list some experiences that we did that we didn’t get a chance to explain outright in the video, that weren’t actual restaurants and such. Most of them were from Airbnb, which hosts experiences now and not just houses. We tried a couple of them and had a great time.
The first Airbnb experience we had was Handmade Pasta with Grandma which is, without a doubt, something we’ll remember forever. We took a train from Rome to Palombara Sabina with two other couples, and met Giada, who brought us to her grandma’s house, where we learned how to make pasta. It was really special for us. I don’t know if the other couples experienced this the way we did, but as soon as we walked into Nona’s house, and saw the decor, and smelled the smells, we remembered our European grandparents. We didn’t have those smells in years. It flooded us with memories, and as we cooked with Nona, I felt like she was my grandma for a bit. That’s heartbreaking in a way, I know, but I never got to cook with my grandparents, who all were dead by the time I was a young boy, and so I couldn’t appreciate them as much as I’d appreciate them now. It was emotional, but it was also delicious.
The second Airbnb experience we had was with Lexi for The Art of the Aperitivo, which was also super worth it. She took us to three great bars in Rome and explained a lot, not only about Aperitivos, but also about Rome in general, which was of great interest to us, because everywhere we travel we’re always thinking “hey, could we live here?” We were also able to convince her to go forward with her YouTube channel, so check out her first video if you want to know more about Rome.
We mentioned Fabio in this video, but we never shot any footage with him. We met him at the skinover leather shop in via del Moro 47, when we saw a blue leather jacket in the window, which looked cool. We walked in and saw some really funky jackets all around, and bought one for each of us, and Criiiiiikey do we love these jackets. Fabio helped us out with them, with sizing and styles, and was just a really cool dude. When we walked past his shop on a different day we stopped in for a chat, and he was super cool, so we decided to hang out one night. And that’s when he introduced us to Barb, who you saw in the video. Fabio might be reading this so, HI FABIO! We owe you a good time when you come to Tokyo. Come soon.
Lastly, we have a bunch of photos we took that we liked that I thought I’d share here as well. Check em out if you feel in the mood for more Italy:
And lastly, some extra scenes and bloopers!