Testaccio Food Tour With The Roman Guy: Enjoy Hidden Gourmet Gems On A Scenic Walk
My husband and I just returned from our annual trip to Rome, Italy. About this time every year, I settle into our life back at home and readjust after six weeks in Europe. It’s always amazing to get back home and see my family and furbabies, but right now I am having some serious Italian food withdrawals.
The Italian food here does not even do the real stuff justice. My husband always jokes that the only reason I make the pilgrimage to Italy every year is so I can eat for six weeks straight. And, every time I come home, without fail, I have to wear Yoga pants and sweats for a few weeks until I lose my pasta pounds.
Being the huge foodie that I am, and my pasta obsession, this year we decided to book a walking food tour of Rome with the Roman Guy. And, it did not disappoint!
The Roman Guy Testaccio Market Food Tour was easily one of my favorite parts of our trip to Italy this year. The food expert from The Roman Guy was absolutely amazing, and she took us to all the Testaccio hot-spots, and was so kind and knowledgeable! Not only did our guide know everything there is to possibly know about pasta, but she also gave us some amazing tidbits about the Italian culture surrounding the food we were eating.
The 3.5-hour tour flew by, and my wine glass was never empty! Any tour that includes wine is always a hit with me. We stopped at 7 different “tasting stops” and then had lunch at a restaurant that was literally built into the side of a hill.
Our Testaccio Food Tour kicked off a traditional Italian breakfast and yummy croissants. Sidenote, those croissants you get at your coffee drive-thru on your way to work do not hold a candle to the real thing!
After breakfast we made our way through the Testaccio Food Market, our guide from The Roman Guy took careful time to explain to us what the vendors were selling, and even introduced us to some of them. I loved meeting actual Italian farmers and hard-working men and women peddling their wares, it was a beautiful peek inside their culture and every-day lives.
Our guide from the Roman Guy steered us to some AMAZING and authentic Italian pizza, which we ate on the go. And, there was a table to refill our wine glasses. Any town with wine on tap is a must visit. Heaven!
I was already stuffed, but for lunch, we headed to a restaurant built against the side of Monte Testaccio, a hill comprised of the fragments from ancient terracotta storage containers. It was so great to sit down with locals and enjoy a meal, rather than a bunch of bustling tourists. We enjoyed a pasta tasting and I devoured three different kinds of pasta! The Amatricci, Carbonara, and Bolonaise were to die for!
Of course, our Testaccio Food Tour wasn’t complete without some gelato which is always my weakness. After we said goodbye to our new friend from The Roman Guy, I have to go back to our room and sleep off all the wine and pasta.
The Roman Guy food tour never disappoints. Even though we have traveled to Italy dozens of times, and know our way around by now, I always book a couple tours with them. Not only are their tours amazing, but most of them include food and transportation, so it’s a win-win! Plus, the guides from The Roman Guy are so awesome, and no matter how many times we have been to Rome, we always learn something new from them that we would never have learned from a brochure or on our own.
Some of our greatest memories in Italy were made possible by Roman Guy Tours. If you are planning a trip to Italy in the near future, I highly recommend booking a couple of their tours to make sight-seeing a breeze, it’s worth every penny!