In the weeks preceding our trip to Rome, I constantly daydreamed about the Italian food we would get to eat on our trip. I wanted to twirl my fork in some real deal spaghetti, sink my teeth into fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza, and indulge in some seriously tasty gelato. Our time in The Eternal City would be short and I knew we wouldn’t be able to try all the foods I was dreaming about on our own. As usual, my first instinct was to sign up for a food tour so we would be guaranteed to try some of the best food the city had to offer.
Enter Eating Italy, a team of passionate foodies dedicated to sharing Rome’s delicious cuisine with hungry, adventurous travellers. Their goal is to give visitors a taste of Italy that they won’t soon forget and introduce them to authentic Roman food, people, and neighbourhoods.
Eating Italy runs several food tours, including their daytime Taste of Testaccio and Trastevere for Foodies tours and their evening Testaccio Supper Stroll and Twilight Trastevere food tours. Since we wanted to start our trip off on a scrumptious note, we decided to sign up for the Twilight Trastevere tour on our first evening in Rome.
We met our guide Eric and the rest of our small tour group on Tiber Island, a small island nestled in the middle of the Tiber River which runs through Rome. Our group consisted of guests from the United States and Australia who, like us, were on a Roman getaway and were excited to check out the local food scene. Eric greeted us warmly, introduced himself, and got us talking about our favourite Italian foods as a way of getting to know us and the types of foods we enjoy. With a twinkle in his eye at the mention of our communal love of pizza, red wine, and antipasti, Eric led us to our first stop on the tour.
After crossing the bridge from Tiber Island, we entered the medieval cobblestone neighbourhood of Trastevere, home to some of Rome’s best loved restaurants and family-run food businesses.
Our first stop on the tour was at Da Enzo al 29, a small trattoria nestled along a picturesque backstreet of Trastevere. Run by three siblings dedicated to offering classic Roman dishes, Da Enzo is a true gem.
We kicked off our evening the way Romans do; that is, with an aperitivo of sparkling Prosecco and some nibbles to whet our appetite. We dined on crispy carciofi alla giudia (Jewish-style fried artichokes) and the creamiest, smoothest burrata (a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream) drizzled in olive oil and served with ripe, basil-tossed tomatoes on the side. The burrata was easily my favourite dish of not only the tour, but of our entire trip to Rome. Oh the creaminess!
Down an ivy-covered alleyway and around the corner from Da Enzo was our next stop, Spirito di Vino, an award-winning restaurant with a wine cellar 150 years older than the Colosseum. Can you imagine?