The Bottom Line
- Many good restaurant recommendations by neighborhood
- Introduction to Rome's neighborhoods, foods and wines
- Beautiful photographs
- A little heavy
- Informative introduction to the city's foods and wines and a helpful glossary.
- Ample recommendations for restaurants, shops, and wine bars grouped by neighborhood.
- Includes bakeries, bars, gelato, specialty food and wine shops and more.
Guide Review - Food Wine Rome
David Downie's book, Food Wine Rome, starts with an informative introduction to Rome and its neighborhoods or Rioni, including a helpful map showing which neighborhoods are included in each of the chapters. He groups the 20 Rioni into nine chapters, each including two or three neighborhoods.
Readers will first find out how to eat the Roman way, what foods to expect, a little about these foods, and what wines come from the Lazio region around the city. Then David takes an in-depth look at each of the areas that includes an introduction to the neighborhoods included in the chapter, descriptions of recommended restaurants, food shops, and wine bars. The tenth chapter covers outlying areas. The book concludes with a food and wine glossary and listing of restaurants that serve from regions other than Lazio. Beautiful photos make the writing come alive.
I highly recommend David's book to anyone interested in eating and drinking well on a visit to Rome. If you want to avoid the typical tourist restaurants and really experience the food of Rome as locals do, read this book before you go and take it along as a resource.
You may also be interested in another of David's books that will help you get away from the tourist crowds and experience a different side of the city, Quiet Corners of Rome (read the review).