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Elizabeth Minchilli is a woman who knows her stuff; she’s an American who has lived in Rome for most of her life. She has a passion for Italy’s quality of life, its fine craftsmanship and most of all its food traditions, all of which she transmits effortlessly across her social media platforms. She has a unique vantage point because she has seen Rome change throughout the decades and has a gift for promoting new locales while staying true to her charming retro favorites. Her blog primarily catalogues Italy’s culinary delights in major cities like Rome, Florence and Milan, along with mouthwatering photos and recipes of home cooked meals from her hometown in Umbria.
With a new cookbook out, Katie Parla is one of the most reputable trendsetters and tastemakers in Rome. It’s hard to find restaurant reviews that don’t suggest Katie’s favorite spots, which interestingly enough have become pilgrimages for travelers visiting the city. Her blog focuses on food and drinks in Rome and around Italy with an emphasis on the people behind the scenes; she hangs out with chefs, supports local food culture and extols adventurous eating (think braised horse meat and oxtail stew). Her wide range of culinary city guides are indispensable for the discerning foodie.
English-born Rachel Roddy has almost single-handedly turned the reputation of her Testaccio neighborhood from homey to compelling. Her unassuming kitchen sink is featured in many of her posts (and her column for The Guardian), alongside simple home cooked meals. That sink is, in fact, a perfect metaphor for her recipes and writing style: rustic, genuine, familial and heartfelt. Rachel covers food in Rome (mostly Testaccio) and Sicily, so jewel-toned tomatoes in all shapes and sizes often make an appearance alongside seasonal produce, wrought-iron pans and simple kitchen knives; it all feels refreshingly farm-to-table
Natalie is like a friend shedding light on all of the idiosyncrasies of Rome and intuitively manages to express what everyone is thinking. Her blog started out as a way to document the trials and tribulations of her move to the capital and has since evolved into a great resource of Rome’s best restaurants, cultural events and travel tips, all written from a fresh perspective. It’s the personal writing style and nuanced wit that make Natalie’s blog such a delight to read — everything is relatable, from the gentle jabs at the city’s shortcomings to the occasional self-depreciating comment. In addition, her genuine adoration of Rome (in spite of its imperfections) is a familiar experience to any expat; short, sweet and succinct, you’ll be roped in from the first three sentences.
Maria has a truly enviable life; when she’s not on the road eating delicious food in Croatia, London or Basque Country, she’s making her way around Rome eating at the city’s best new restaurants. And, with her background in social media strategy, she keeps you up-to-date in real time on her latest adventures. Her blog and Instagram are great food diaries of delicacies all across the board — from street food fairs and casual hole-in-the-walls to culinary festivals and luxury hotel restaurants, she sees and tastes it all. As the title suggests, Heart Rome is an ode to the Eternal City, and taking a peek at Maria’s dolce vita will give you even more reasons to fall in love with Rome each day.
For all things beach-related, Gillian McGuire is your go-to gal. Not only has she has spent her summers sunbathing along Italy’s stunning coastline, but she also amasses highly prized insider information about premier seaside spots, such as Capri, the Amalfi Coast and Ponza. Her tips and tricks to these enchanting locations are useful for locals and travelers alike, providing logistical details and packing suggestions along the way. Based in Rome, Gillian’s Lists also cover the best eateries, cafés and cocktails bars in the Eternal City with plenty of detailed write-ups and photos that you can vicariously live through.