Rome is in revolution. Over the past year, Rome-based food bloggers have multiplied and restaurants have opened, renovated and rebranded. It would be hard to keep up if it weren’t for the bloggers who are fervently writing the finer details of every kind of Roman eatery- from chic to street. And it almost seems as if restaurants trying to keep up by updating menus, stylish interior design, and hell, aperitivo hour. The age old chicken or egg conundrum.
It’s not secret that the Eternal City has been made digitally tascabile (pocket-sized) time over, but until recently no one has focused solely on its restaurants. Finally, Katie Parla of Parla Food has launched her own dining guide to Rome, Parla Food: Rome. Parla’s free, web-based app covers over 200 places to eat, imbibe and purchase within the largesse of the city limits and which will potentially explode in number when the native app is unleashed later this summer. Tip: Parla has a penchant for pork and pizza, so if you do as well, it would be wise to find her favorites.
On the small screen, and by that, I mean your iPhone, smart phone, iPad or less important tablet, is Elizabeth Minchilli’s Eat Rome. The name alone conjures up images of running rampant through the Eternal City with mouths wide open, essentially what you can do with this app. Minchilli is a delectable food blogger, photographer and author who has encapsulated Rome’s foodie scene for $2.99. For those in fear of international roaming fees, Minchilli has an easy answer: download in advance.
Minchilli and Parla are digitally scratched the foodie itch by putting the Rome food scene in your purse, pocket and pants, easily accessible and updatable. However, if you must have paper, take a look at David Downie‘s beautifully written and designed Terroir Series: Rome for those who prefer haute (and all) cuisine in lo fi.
-excerpt from my personal blog, Moscerina.com