Review: An Authentic Carbonara Worth The Trek @ Hostaria Romana, Rome

Any foodie who visits Rome knows that they can’t visit the city without trying one of the city’s local dishes, and for me I always have to try a carbonara. Like many Roman dishes, the carbonara is part of the now-fashionable style of cooking known as cucina povera – or ‘peasants cuisine’ – which are some of Italy’s most basic & honest dishes originating from times of poverty. The magic in these types of dishes lies in the quality of the ingredients and the skill of the chef. Carbonara is a case in point; consisting of just spaghetti, egg, pecorino, seasoning and guanciale (cured pig’s cheek). I had only 48 hours in the Eternal City, so I did a quick Google search in the hotel room for ‘best carbonara in Rome’ and found this place just around the corner. I read that they encourage diners to graffiti on the walls, so I got dressed up, drew an ‘x’ on my tourist map and set off. Continue reading

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Review: Incredible Neapolitan Pizza in Rome @ L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele Trevi

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There I was, in Rome on a very last minute solo trip – I’d booked it Sunday evening, travelled on the Tuesday morning – and I was only there for 2 nights. I had so much to see & do in the Eternal City that I almost forgot about this place. This was until I suddenly remembered that Pizzeria da Michele, Naples’ most famous pizzeria featured in the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and somewhere I’d been gasping to visit for years, have opened two branches in Rome, including one not too far from my hotel. Wahoo!

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REVIEW: A New American Restaurant @ Cattle Steakhouse, Southampton

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Yes, I know what you’re all thinking! Finally I’m reviewing somewhere that isn’t an Italian restaurant!! Sorry guys, I will promise to mix things up a bit this year!! So a few months back I heard about an American restaurant opening up in my hometown. I started following their Facebook page which had exciting posts with photos of tantalising American food like mouth-watering hot dogs, succulent burgers and crispy fried chicken. Of course, I had to do my usual thing and “register my interest” 😉  Continue reading

Review: Incredible Pub Grub @ The Brewhouse & Kitchen, Highfield, Southampton

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As you guys all know by now, I’m never one to turn down free food! One of my friends & colleagues very kindly gave me a heads up and mentioned me on Facebook on a post about a Spring menu launch at a local pub. So, of course, I just had to phone the pub and register my interest 😉 . Sure enough, I was invited to the event with a guest; excited wasn’t the word! The photos of the food on Facebook looked absolutely incredible! My old school friend, Matt, was more than happy to join me.  Continue reading

Review: Take The Cannoli @ Giuseppe’s Lite, Worthing

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Those who know me personally will know how obsessed I am with cannoli! I literally can’t get enough of them, but they’re so rare to find here. The cannoli available at Guiseppe’s Lite have to be the best ones I’ve ever found in England. So January payday finally came around, I was craving really good cannoli. So what did I do? Drive the 100 mile round trip to go and get some, that’s what!

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REVIEW: Supermarine, Southampton. An Authentic & Fun Italian Restaurant (CLOSED)

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As I’m sure you know by now, when a new Italian restaurant opens in my hometown, I like to discover more about it and preferably pay a visit as soon as possible. So when I heard that an Italian restaurant had opened as part of the new development on the former Vosper Thornycroft site in Woolston, I just had to contact them. Just to register my interest, of course 😉

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2017 Winter Menu Launch @ Franco Manca, Southampton

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I was thrilled to be invited to the winter menu launch night at one of my favourite local eateries! I was actually at the restaurant one Friday night on a first date when the Restaurant Manager, Paul Galvin, very kindly invited me and a guest to the event the following Wednesday. He was being a bro! What an exciting opportunity to sample the new menu items before anyone else, and all on the house too! How could I say no to free pizza?! Unlike my previous invite to this amazing restaurant, my mother wasn’t invited. Instead, a close friend of mine, Amy Boniface, managed to get the night off from childcare and wifely duties to join me.  Continue reading