The Best of Rome! Brooke’s Top Ten


If it’s spring, I want to be in Italy. I’m not saying my desire always turns into reality, but it’s top-of-mind like, say, when it’s 8pm and I’m dying for a big square of Vahlrona and a Medici goblet-size glass of red. This year, the carbo-loading gods were listening and they granted me 120 hours […]

Ai Marmi (aka L’Orbitorio)

When a line snakes out the front of a Roman pizzeria, that’s a good thing. During Brooke’s year in Rome (don’t ask the year… it was before the Euro), she’d plan her Friday nights around a visit to Ai Marmi. Their Roman-style, thin-crust pizzas are delivered without ceremony (or good manners) by the staff but […]

Enoteca Regionale Palatium

Brooke’s very in-the-know best friend, Ellen, hit the jackpot by marrying a handsome Italian and moving to Rome. (Hey, it has to happen to someone…) Their date night locales, frequently near the Piazza d’ Spagna (Spanish Steps), become my new must-visit spots for upcoming trips to The Boot. “Enoteca,” as they casually refer to it, […]

Trattoria Monti

If Trattoria Monti and their celebrated ‘tortini’ were good enough for Frank Bruni, they were good enough for us. But let’s back up a bit…We never would have discovered Trattoria Monti if it weren’t for Bruni’s glowing, mouth-watering reviews. Before he was the New York Times dining critic, he was their Rome bureau chief, a […]


Bucatini all’amatriciana virtually courses through the veins of Romans. Aside from their love affair with innards (tripe, stomach, kidneys), Romans love nothing more than a hot bowl of bucatini bathed in a lightly spiced tomato sauce studded with guanciale (guanciale is the cured and smoked jowl of the pig; pancetta hails from the belly). Since […]