Tag: Testaccio

Glenfiddich's Maverick dinner was a journey through ancient artefacts and exceptional ingredients, in partnership with top Rome restaurant Retrobottega

Glenfiddich’s Maverick Dinner explores Roman secrets and Scotch whisky

What do an archaeological dig under Testaccio market, finely aged Glenfiddich whisky and Retrobottega, one of Rome’s most avant-garde restaurants, have in common? It turns out they are all custodians of legendary secrets which inspire a quest for the authentic, as we discovered at the recent Maverick dinner in the heart of Rome. Organised by…

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Testaccio: a portrait at Christmas

It hasn’t been an easy year for the small shops and enterprises in Testaccio. Another supermarket opened, putting pressure on a neighbouring deli and one of the area’s oldest butchers; more businesses closed, losing intense, important battles that have gone on for decades. Even for those legendary establishments that represent the area more than its…

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Opening on Friday 1st November: Bibere Bistrot

We’ve been a big fan of Bibere in Garbatella for a long time. This well stocked beer shop and enoteca, tucked away on Via Nicolò da Pistoia, is a point of reference for connoisseurs in the area. Owned by brothers Alessio and Fabio who started the venture only two years ago, the store offers an…

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Natural Critical Wine: this weekend in Testaccio

You’ve still got one more day to catch the Natural Critical Wine event in Testaccio, a meeting of organic wine producers – and an exemplary cheese maker – at the Città del Altra Economia. It’s that time of year when the wine harvest is on everyone’s minds, but for a weekend only, a group of…

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Channel your inner Romantic poet as Autumn arrives in Rome

With last weekend’s equinox ushering in the autumn, it’s a great time to turn your thoughts to the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” and channel your inner Romantic poet. Keats wrote his famous ode ‘to Autumn’ on September 19th 1819 after a Sunday walk in the English village of Winchester, but here are four…

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Testaccio food hero crowned number one in Lazio region

Street food, these days, is a serious business. If the word “street” wasn’t enough to convince you that this eating style was on trend, the concept of preserving some of Italy’s finest traditions while encouraging cutting edge creativity might. Celebrating the best producers of street food, then, is another way of ensuring that the old…

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PREVIEW: Testaccio’s gentrification in pictures, a new exhibition from local sociologist Irene Ranaldi

This Wednesday in Testaccio, sociologist and writer Irene Ranaldi launches her photographic exhibition telling the history of the area in images and icons. Hosted by café bar “Il caffè del Seme e la Foglia”, the show comprises photos taken between 1990 and 2000, some representing classic visions of Testaccio’s past, others providing a surprising or…

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PREVIEW: Garbatella’s Festa per la Cultura, Saturday June 15th 2013

Testaccio’s neighbouring rione, Garbatella, celebrates 20 years of bringing culture to the masses this Saturday with the twentieth edition of its annual Festa per la Cultura. Five piazzas and the roads that join them will be closed to traffic and filled with music, theatre, dance, street artists and stalls promoting local causes. This annual fixture…

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PREVIEW: Testaccio’s Imperial Beer Party

After the raucous, joyful and messy success of Testaccio’s Spring Beer Festival, this week the former slaughterhouse complex welcomes a second round of beer fest. The organisers are the same, with foodie association Terra e Sapori,  Beer Style Beer shop, Beerbaccione Beer Shop and Arrosticini Tornese  bringing together some of the best craft beer makers in…

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Ciemmona’s Critical Mass weekend concludes in sunshine at the sea

Ciemmona’s three-day Critical Mass event last weekend in Rome concluded with a great outing to the sea and a good-natured celebration on the beach. Following rain-spattered meet-ups on Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday dawned sunny and hot as thousands of cyclists convened in Piazzale Ostiense for a coordinated ride to Ostia. As the pack of…

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