If any of you gastronomes out there are headed to Rome for vacation, a new site called The Rome Digest offers savvy advice on the Eternal City. The motto -- "Eat, drink and shop with Rome's top food and wine professionals" -- says it all.
Fire up the site just before you leave for Rome and you'll be up to date on everything that's happening in terms of food and wine. The Rome experts who weigh in on TRD (short for The Rome Digest) aren't just people who love to eat: "TRD’s 5 contributors hold 7 wine diplomas and 6 master’s degrees. They have authored and edited over 40 books and have published hundreds of articles on food and beverage culture."
Okay, trustworthiness = high. Contributors include food scholar and sommelier Katie Parla, author of National Geographic’s "Walking Rome: Cities of a Lifetime," the blog Parla Food and the app "Katie Parla’s Rome for Foodies." Also, Gina Tringali, food historian, coffee connoisseur and cook, and another sommelier, founder of GT Food & Travel, which offers small group and private culinary walking tours and wine tastings.
Istanbul-born Hande Leimer is the founder of vino roma and a certified sommelier. Sommelier Sarah May Grunwald teaches the course "Wines of Italy" at Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici and is author of the wine blog, Tasting Rome. And Irene de Vette works in Rome as a gastronomic guide and wine educator at vino roma and as a food and wine writer for various publications. She also holds two sommelier diplomas. All that and I didn't even include everything on these highly qualified women's resumés.