ANSA – The New York Times featured Rome this week in its weekly series “36 Hours in” with a six-minute online film and a detailed itinerary about where to find interesting shopping, local food and Roman culture.
In the video, local restaurant owners describe the unique character of their Roman dishes, from the organic pizzas at Pizzeria Emma downtown, to the history of the down-home “osteria” by the owner of L’Osteria di Monteverde, all with an emphasis on the context of how the city itself forms a backdrop to the food.
“It’s a city that can change your mood, there’s something that fills your heart,” said Nicoletta Chiacchiari, owner of Come Il Latte gelato shop. The Times featured local vintage market Mercato Monti as part of its segment on shopping, and for culture visited photography exhibition space Galleria Cembalo and interviewed owners of Galleria Varsi, an art gallery highlighting the vibrant street art scene in Rome.
For nightlife, the journalists visited Co.So. Cocktails & Social in the Pigneto neighborhood, a bar where most all of the furnishings are for sale and a popular drink, the Carbonara Sour, is designed to conjure the flavors of one of Rome’s most typical pasta dishes made with eggs and bacon. “It’s not like you’re eating a bacon burger, but, it does leave the taste; there are all the ingredients of carbonara pasta,” said an employee of the cocktail bar created by Massimo D’Addezio, formerly of the Sravinskij Bar at Rome’s famed 5-star Hotel de Russie. The cocktail includes pork jowl-infused vodka, egg white, coarsely ground black pepper, lemon juice and simple syrup.
The short film closes with a statement about the essence of the Eternal City, from the owner of Vineria Litro, featured for its take on cocktails with mezcal. “In Rome we’re surrounded by culture because in every corner we find art and history,” he said.