my Italian roadmap: A whistle-stop tour savouring Rome’s best eateries

We take great pride at Devour in blending authentic Italian flavours with a touch of British finesse. As the founder, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting tastes to incorporate into our ever-evolving menu at the Dyehouse in Holmfirth.

Recently, I had the pleasure of embarking on a culinary adventure to my home country, and we decided to introduce our children to the enchanting city of Rome, a haven for both sightseeing and culinary exploration, a city I hadn’t re-visited for over 20 years…

Day 1: Arrival Following a late arrival at CIA, we swiftly jumped in a taxi & within 40 mins settled into our air B&B accommodation at Via della Reginella in the Jewish quarter eagerly anticipating the adventures that awaited us the next day.

Day 2: Day one of Pasta & Gelato

Our morning commenced with a visit to the iconic Mouth of Truth at Piazza della Bocca della Verità, followed by lunch at Roma Sparita in Piazza di Santa Cecilia this restaurant has earned not only my affection but also the praise of culinary legend Anthony Bourdain. In his poignant write-up, Bourdain eloquently captures the essence of Roma Sparita, applauding its traditional pasta offerings that transport diners to the heart of authentic Roman flavours.

The afternoon unfolded with the beauty of the Trevi Fountain, the famed gelato at Giolitti, and concluded with antipasti, handmade pasta, and grilled meats at the rustic Il Duca in Trastevere, a restaurant that had been recommended by some lovely Devourees (thankyou )

NB – Trastevere, perched on the Tiber's west bank, effortlessly fuses bohemian allure with culinary mastery. The neighbourhood’s artistic spirit beckons with ivy-covered buildings, eclectic boutiques, and galleries, attracting creative souls. Amidst this charm, Trastevere's trattorias and osterias are lauded for serving authentic Roman cuisine, Trastevere is an essential stop for a genuine Roman experience, I would suggest visiting at night, that’s when it really comes alive

Day 3: Exploring Rome's Treasures

Wandering through cafe-lined streets to Piazza Navona, we marvelled at the Pantheon and enjoyed lunch at Osteria da Fortunata, they do not take bookings so get ready to queue (If you get there for 12.00 you will get in very quickly) followed by dinner at Su Ghetto a worthwhile dining destination for those interested in Jewish Roman cuisine.

Day 4: Hidden gems and culinary delights

An early start to enjoy the striking secret view of St Peter's Dome via Keyhole Aventino nestled on the banks of the Tiber River and around 20 minute walk from the Colosseum.

After navigating the magical Via Margutta – a narrow picturesque street full of local artists – we climb the Spanish Steps before heading to Bonci Pizzarium – founded by Gabriele Bonci, one of Italy’s most renowned chefs. Dough is risen for 72-hours and pizza here is like no other. The day concludes with a visit to the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City.

For our last evening we decided to go back to Trastevere where I devoured a cacio and pepe, and enjoyed an equisite glass of Dolcetto d’alba from “terre di Barolo”

Day 5: Farewell to Rome – a feast for the senses

Rome is an enchanting blend of history, art, and, of course, culinary delights. From traditional eateries to hidden gems, our short but sweet trip truly captured the essence of Rome. We returned to West Yorkshire half a stone heavier and with a packed palette ready to share with our Devourees in our new spring menu for 2024.

Must haves when in Rome

  • Cacio e pepe
  • Carbonara
  • Amatriciana
  • Suppli
  • Pizza romana
  • Carciofi alla Romana
  • Carciofi alla Giudia
  • & tiramisu (lots of it)






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