A day in Rome with Rachel Roddy, the joy of meeting in real life.
Could we meet you for coffee while we are in Rome? We are huge admirers of writer, Rachel Roddy and devoted readers of her regular Guardian Feast, A Kitchen in Rome, column. So when we booked a week’s holiday in Rome, we were emboldened to ask her if we could steal an hour of her times.
We met at Testaccio Market.
What we hadn’t anticipated was an instant rapport; far too much coffee; invitation to lunch (which we sadly had to decline, as we were already booked to meet, entirely coincidentally, for dinner with friends from home, so little time, so many friends!); the opportunity to meet not only Rachel’s husband and son, but also Francesca from Anna Tasca Lanza in Sicily, together with her brother, and a guided tour to see Monte Testaccio – look it up it’s fascinating and Mattatoio, the old slaughterhouses, nowhere near as grim as they sound!
Throw in a recommendation for dinner at Santo Palato, which we would not otherwise have found and which was the culinary highlight of our visit, and we could not have asked for more.
Sue from Netherton at Santo Palato
Thank you Rachel et al for your time, it was an absolute joy.
Rachel has writen a number of joyous food/recipes books, find out more here.