Founded by Carlo Petrini nearly 30 years ago, the Slow Food Movement is all about championing locally produced food and drink and traditional cooking. Rome may have been where it began, but the movement is usually associated with Tuscany and Piedmont. So it’s exciting to see that its popularity in the capital is now rising faster than airy dough in a wood-fired oven.
Rome is known for its impeccable food, but the streets are over-saturated with tourist traps – so it’s important to know where to go. For a quick bite in between sightseeing, stop off in Pizzarium. This is a truly authentic spot, brimming with locals every lunchtime. Take in the sights, sounds and smells – from the butcher-tiled walls and humming of ovens to the intoxicating wafts of dough and bubbling cheese . The local ingredients are the stars of the show here – from the über-fresh basil to the organic Mulino Marino flour baked into every base.
Now you’ve lunched like a local, discover the other end of Rome’s dazzling foodie spectrum – the Michelin-starred scene. As its name suggests, Metamorfosi fuses classic Italian flavours with experimental and contemporary twists. Splash out on a 10-course tasting menu and experience truly creative cooking.
For a more intimate affair, head to Il Pagliaccio. Be sure to book in advance – this is Rome’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant, and there are just 28 seats. Head chef Anthony Genovese crafts dishes inspired by his eclectic background, merging elements of his French heritage, Italian home and culinary adventures in Asia. Think lobster with passionfruit and chocolate, and a fruity tandoori quail curry.