We are spending five (5!) weeks in an apartment near Piazza Bologna, from mid May to mid June. I have been in Rome three times before, but shorter times, and never with a kitchen, although not my own fully furnished kitchen. I am a decent cook, not a chef. I have loved the food on my prior trips to Italy and look forward to taking advantage of the markets and the season in which we will be there. But will not be tied to my kitchen.
“We” includes a changing cast, at most, four adults and two boys, 13 and 10. We will take shorter train or bus trips out of Roma. Our budget is somewhat limited (such a long time!) but we are up for a few splurges. And we are all adventurous eaters. Sightseeing is good, good food is better.
Really looking forward to living with and like the natives, hoping to make friends.
I am doing lots of research. Reading Fred Plotkin, David Downie, Dianne Seed. And, as always, travel with Rich Steves. I have the apps – Eat Food (Elizabeth Minchilla), Rome (Flaminia), Rome Dream of Italy (Kathy McCabe), Rome Foodie (Katie Parla), and my latest, Rome Trips, discussing sights and restaurants within two hours of Rome.
And, of course, I regularly read Chowhound!
It appears that there are great places to eat more inexpensively outside of the city center. I see many recommendation for the center, which we will use when sightseeing, but few for the area in which we will live. I am interested in all types of food resources – open markets, supermarkets, bakeries, deli-type stores, cheese, wine----I am drunk at the prospect!
I would also like suggestions for a cookbook to take, or buy there. Something not so time consuming as Marcella Hazan, tho I may bring that.
Whew! Appreciate help from you all.