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Italian Food Porn: Great Eats in Rome and Sorrento

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We all know the rule: pack your stretch pants before you even step foot on Italian soil. The food is too good not to be indulged in. If you break this rule, be prepared to either rip your pants, *cue visions of Spongebob episode 2,* or suffer from severe muffin tops that will put the muffin you just ate to shame.

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Let’s not forget that you’ll be reminded of your mistake every time you look back at one of those “if you don’t post this picture, it never really happened” Instagram posts.

How to win versus all the food you’ll consume:

I arrived in the land of great food and even better wine with a game plan; several yoga pants and loose fitting shirts would help me through three weeks of non-stop glorious gluttony.

The conclusion was the following: I indulged in every crispy and warm bite of pizza, I enjoyed the chilly tingles of licking a dark chocolate gelato, I sunk my teeth into the crunchy bread underneath juicy tomatoes on bruschetta.

It was all so pleasurable that it had to be considered sensual; hence the food porn reference.

Here are some of the best meals I had while in Rome and Sorrento:


R O M E

Flour Farina e Cucina

Via Cremona, 29/37, 00161 Roma, Italy

This is by far my favorite spot to eat by the hub of the Roman youth, Piazza Bologna. It was so good, I had to go back for seconds; literally ate there twice in one day because it was so damn good.

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Italian breakfast is tiny; small portions of food, and even tinier coffee. But clearly, size doesn’t matter here; the beauty and taste doesn’t lack when it comes to hitting the spot. Expect to indulge in Nutella filled cornettos and sip on macchiatos, and also expect to be hungry before 11AM.

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And exactly two hours after breakfast, I came right back to Flour Farina and Cucina for lunch, which isn’t your regular restaurant; they have an A La Cart menu, but the core of their service is like window shopping from over the counter. I finally had my first serving vegetables in almost a month abroad and ate a non-pasta or bread related carb: couscous. My stomach and I were both ecstatic. They have a fresh selection of prepared foods, pizzas, and pastries. Pro tip: order a calice di vino (pronounced caliché) to go with your veggies and white pizza.

La Prosciutteria Trastevere

Via della Scala, 71, 00153 Roma, Italy

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While they have another location by Fontana di Trevi, this one has to be my favorite; the space is great and it’s in the heart of one of the most interesting Roman neighborhoods for nightlife, Trastevere. La Prosciutteria isn’t a licensed restaurant, so don’t expect sit down service. Consider this your go-to spot for an aperitivo (drinks and small bites before dinner). You’ll have to order at the counter, and be given a number to take a seat in either their main floor, or downstairs in the basement. The price is amazing for the quality and presentation of what you eat and drink; come with good company to and enjoy the best things life has to offer.

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Mozzarella bruschetta, are you kidding me right now?

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Medium-sized proschiutto platter; divine 

081 Caffè

Via Merulana, 83, 00185 Roma, Italy

This café is by no means fancy; it’s simple and cheap, making it great for a snack break if you’re passing by the neighborhood. There’s outdoor seating, and they surprise with messages written on your cappuccinos. Try their sfogliatella salata, puffed pastry filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, or whatever other delicious filling they feel like cooking up.

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Freddo Gelateria Artigianale

Piazza Tuscolo, 7/8/9, 00183 Roma, Italy

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When in Rome, do as Romans do and people watch while slurping some artisanal gelato. And just because artisanal is in the name doesn’t mean you’ll break the bank; it’s actually pretty affordable. Get the dark chocolate for me, #WWJD.

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Coffee Stand, Villa Borghese

On a random sunny day, as I walked through the lush Villa Borghese park with my Roman friend, I decided it was time to turn over to the dark side: to drink espresso with not a single drop of milk, or sugar added. It can’t get more Italian than a quick stop at a coffee stand where the whole process of ordering, paying, and drinking your coffee takes no more than 5 minutes.

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Il Re Della Notte, Paninoteca

Via Tiburtina, 190, 00185 Roma, Italy

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At around 6:30 AM, post drunken dance night at one of the best clubs I’ve ever entered in my entire life, Qube, I was taken to this glorious paninoteca. What is a paninoteca you ask? Think of it as a “discoteca” but for any kind of sandwich you can imagine; a panini party about to happen in your mouth. The name of this place translates to “The King of the Night,” because after a few drinks, and calories burnt on the dance floor, you’ll be dying to eat a customized burger in a place that stays open until the last customer finishes eating. All hail the panini king.

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S O R R E N T O

La Cucina Del Gusto by Chef Carmen

Corso Italia, 321, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy

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A part of my language learning courses included an after school lesson with Chef Carmen, owner of this Sorrento based cooking school. We spent the evening sipping wine while making homemade gnocchi, basil stuffed grilled chicken, and tiramisu. Chef Carmen had enough personality to fill any room, and her food had enough flavor to fulfill all of your tastebuds’ desires.

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Da Emilia

Via Marina Grande, 62, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy

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Directly in front of the famous Marina Grande, you’ll stumble upon Da Emilia, a classically Italian spot to grab lunch and a 1/2 pitcher of wine to feel like you’ve arrived in one of Italy’s prettiest coastal towns. I shamelessly ordered all of this food and wine completely alone, and ended up sharing with the entire picnic table of both tourists and locals. Processed with VSCO with c7 preset

Porta Marina Seafood

Via Marina Grande, 25, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy

Lastly, you can’t come to a port city and not try their local seafood. In Sorrento, I had to learn how to de-spine a fish that I would’ve previously avoided ordering at all costs. Turns out, there’s a certain satisfaction that comes with eating a fish so fresh, their eyeballs are still attached; *so gross, but so good at the same time.*

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Have any other food recommendations in Rome or Sorrento? Comment below!

jo

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  • Tina

    Mmmmmm… everything looks so delicious!

  • Da Emilia looks sooo goood! I’ve never explored the south of Italy, I’ve only ever been north. Next year I plan on going south for some sunshine!
    Love your posts as always Jo xx
    Natashabonny.com

    • Yes! The South always has a charm that brings me back! Thanks for reading <3

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