Through An (Almost) Roman Native’s Eyes
“The best carbonara in Roma is at Roscioli. It’s really special.” Such sweeping statements about the best of anything typically come with the kind of fervour meant to convince and/or bully someone into agreement (no matter what!), but when these words come from Katie Parla, it’s simply a matter of fact.
One part historian, two parts food guru, Katie is one of our VIP Roman “pigs”, and she’ll introduce you to a living, breathing, pulsing Rome where the history, people, and its sustenance are wholly intertwined. She’ll walk you through Trastevere en route to the best (and perhaps oldest) craft beer pub in the city, and on through the Jewish Ghetto animatedly discussing the architecture of this historic Roman neighborhood and giving you all the details on what purpose it served. No matter the topic, Katie’s ardent affection for her adopted home will make you a believer, and you’ll soon be naming Rome as the best city in the world. And if by some bizarre chance you still aren’t convinced, Katie will just take you on over to Fatamorgana to taste the most perfect fig gelato in existence, and you too will become a convert.
Bora Kim is a teacher in downtown Los Angeles and is a veritable expert pasta and gelato taster in her spare time.