Masto Testaccio

Rita, from the Amalfi Coast, runs a small gourmet salumeria which serves food at lunch and in the evening, including aperitivo hour (when I first visited). On a recent lunchtime visit with students I tried a mixed cheese and salami platter and risotto with asparagus and pacchino tomatoes, both excellent. The best thing about Masto’ is Rita herself and her staff, passionate about food, sharing stories of its provenance and …

Mercato Centrale

Earlier this month Rome gained a fantastic new gastronomic venue, right inside Termini Station. In the historic Mazzoniana wing of the station no less, where the great Cappa Mazzoniana, a kind of massive fireplace hood in Portoghese marble, designed by architect Angiolo Mazzoni in the 1930s. It would be demeaning (although perhaps helpful) to call this a “food court”. After all, the food is by Rome’s best chefs, such as …