Is it possible to have a bad meal in that culinary wonderland of Italy? Actually, it's surprisingly easy! Especially in the very big, touristy cities such as Venice & Rome, filled with so many dining options that choosing where to eat is like throwing the dice. Unless you know where to go, what to avoid - or better yet, have a local take you around. Now, it may not be easy to acquire an Italian friend immediately, though if you're staying at a BnB or an apartment, always, always ask the owner - they often have the best suggestions. The next best thing is to leave yourself in the very capable hands of Eating Italy Food Tours!
We have had a couple of indifferent meals in Rome when we travelled there in the summer of 2013, so on our latest trip in Oct 2014, we decided to trust the experts. We chose to try the Taste of Testaccio Food Tour as we hadn't visited this Roman neighbourhood, which is considered to be the place where cucina romana (Roman cuisine) was born. What better place than this to find authentic Roman food in the Eternal City?
The Testaccio tour has a choice of 3 departure timings and we decided to go on the 11.15 a.m. tour. The tour goes on for more than 4 hours, so make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes and carry a bottle of water (and an umbrella, depending upon when you're going); and please skip breakfast if you want to do justice to this tour! The thing with guided tours is that your experience largely depends on the guide, and we were lucky to have Domenico - a tour guide, ex-UN worker, singer in a rock band and an all-out entertainer.