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Mother Martha investigates restaurants, recipes and foodie culture in Rome and beyond

Food For Thought

The entrance to the famous restaurant With a double article about the history of books in this issue’s “Of Books, Art, and People,” what more appropriate time to suggest a visit to Rome’s Caffè Greco! Here for more than 200 years the great minds of art, literature, and music have been meeting around [...]

By | 2018-03-24T05:07:47+00:00 Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , , |

Food For Thought

L'Orto Di Maramao, a "rural" oasis in central Rome During the Middle Ages, Campo de’ Fiori (“Field of Flowers”), today Rome’s oldest open-air fruit-and-vegetable market, was the commercial and touristic center of the city as well as the site of public executions. The most notorious was that of the Dominican poet, philosopher, mathematician and [...]

By | 2018-03-26T04:22:07+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , |

Food For Thought

We all know that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Indeed, Rome is a layer-cake of history built on seven hills, and it is appropriately nicknamed “The Eternal City” because visitors can see monuments and art from almost every period of her c. 2,700-year history: Ancient Greek, Republican Rome, Imperial Rome, Medieval (if not so much), [...]

By | 2016-04-01T17:18:11+00:00 Apr 1st, 2016|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , , |

Food For Thought

When I first arrived in Rome in 1972 as a young bride, there were no ethnic restaurants except French “Charlie’s Saucerie” between the Colosseum and St. John Lateran, Japanese “Hamasei” near Piazza di Spagna, and the “Cantina Tirolese” near St. Peter’s, a favorite with Cardinal Ratzinger before he was elected Pope. All three are still in [...]

By | 2016-03-01T17:14:17+00:00 Mar 1st, 2016|Categories: Food|Tags: , , |

Food For Thought

Salmon Roll At the time of this writing, a month after its opening, “Me Geisha,” founded by Italian-American businessman Giuseppe Tuosto two years after his successful restaurant with the same name at Via Roma 59 in Salerno, is probably still Rome’s newest restaurant. Just off Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, next door to the Chiesa [...]

By | 2016-02-01T16:25:39+00:00 Feb 1st, 2016|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , |

Food For Thought

Panettone translates as “a large loaf of bread.” Actually, it’s a large sweet bready cake with various creamy fillings, raisins and candied fruits; its dome is covered with toppings of different flavors. Panettone’s origins probably date back to the Roman Empire: ancient Romans sweetened a type of leavened cake with honey. During the Renaissance, it became [...]

By | 2015-12-01T20:25:48+00:00 Dec 1st, 2015|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , , , |

Food For Thought

Roman to the core, Aldo Fabrizi (1905-1990) was an Italian actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian, best known for his role as the heroic priest in Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City and as a partner of the Neapolitan actor Totò in a number of successful comedies. Aldo’s exuberant younger sister, Elena, known as “Lella,” also had a [...]

By | 2015-11-01T15:14:33+00:00 Nov 1st, 2015|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , , , |

Via Monte Del Gallo

The exterior of Fragrance Hotel St Peter. For many years, Friar Tuck and I were neighbors on Via Monte del Gallo, a narrow, quiet, residential street, which winds uphill from the Italian State Railway’s St. Peter’s station at the beginning of Via Greg­orio VII to the Vatican-owned, spartan, rabbit-warren hotel Casa Tra Noi (www.hotelcasatranoiroma.com). [...]

By | 2015-02-01T03:36:01+00:00 Feb 1st, 2015|Categories: Food|

Food For Thought

Naples, Italy. Although pizza was almost certainly born more than 3,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, it’s the single food most firmly associated with Italy, and particularly with Nap­les. The first documented pizzas were eaten in ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum, where archaeologists have uncovered brick pizza ovens. But it was pizza without mozzarella and [...]

By | 2015-01-01T03:43:27+00:00 Jan 1st, 2015|Categories: Food|

Heinz Beck – Rome's only chef with three Michelin stars

Heinz Beck. In 1993 Hans Fritz, the German director of Rome’s Cavalieri Hilton, asked Heinz Winkler, the chef, restaurateur/owner of “Tan­tris,” the only Munich restaurant with three Michelin stars (and still today the owner of the three-starred “Residenz Heinz Winkler” in Aschau), to recommend a talented protégé to become Executive Chef for a still-to-open Hilton [...]

By | 2014-10-01T20:43:33+00:00 Oct 1st, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: , , |
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