When food historian, blogger and travel writer, Katie Parla asked me what my “best bite in Rome” was in 2011, it got me thinking about the many amazing dishes I’ve eaten over the past year. Eating is an emotional experience, it’s not only about the blissful food but the friends and family who sit at the table with me and the memories created.
Here’s my list of the 10 most memorable meals that I enjoyed outside of home cooked delicacies (that’s an entire list in itself!). All are separate but equal. Enjoy and warm wishes for a New Year filled with good food, drink and lots of love!Antica Marina Osteria via Pardo, 29, zona Pescheria, Catania-Sicily Tel. +39 095 348197
Seafood antipasti and tagliolini ai ricci di mare (pasta with sea urchin sauce).Trattoria da Salvo Piazza Kalsa, Palermo-Sicily +39 3343351329
Grilled fish platterGlass Hostaria Vicolo del Cinque, 58, Rome tel: +39 0658335903
Ravioli filled with liquid 60-month aged parmesan topped with white truffle shavings.Il Ristorante della Locanda Gulfi C. da Patria – 97012 Chiaramonte Gulfi, Ragusa-Sicily
Tel. +39 0932928081
Squid stuffed with ground pistacchio nuts from Bronte and breadcrumbs.
I Porchettoni in Pigneto Via del Pignetto 68 – Rome
+39 3888723723 Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo Via dei Tribunali, 32, Naples tel. +39 081446643
Pizza topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato, fresh basil and anchovies.Da Benito Via dei Falegnami, 14, Rome
Picchiapò a typical poor-man’s dish (beef boiled over a low flame for 3 – 4 hours with onions, carrots, celery and peeled tomatoes) and cicoria ripassata (chicory sauteed with olive oil, garlic and hot red pepper).Momofuku Noodle Bar 171 1st Avenue, NY, NY
Smoked brisket with Korean rice cakes, Tuscan kale and fried egg.Riverpark 450 E 29th St. NY, NY tel. +1 212.729.9790
Sweet potato ravioli with blood oranges, hazelnuts and tarragon.Anna’s Taqueria Davis Square, 236A Elm Street Somerville, MA +1 617-666-3900
Pulled pork burrito with all the fixings.