10 Most Memorable Meals, 2011

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 platter

Glass 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

See blog and photos by Katie Parla.  My favorite dishes are the porchetta and the super creamy burrata cheese.

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.

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.







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