#INSPIREDBY RACHEL RODDY
Rachel Roddy was our Roman tour guide. She took us on the food tour to end all food tours on a summer trip to the city. Aside from that, Rachel is a multi award-winning food writer and author… based in Rome. She runs a cookery school there, whilst also penning a weekly column for Guardian Feast.
What was one of the very first dishes you remember eating? You could also say where you were and who you were dining with, if you’d like too.
Tinned peaches with vanilla ice cream in the garden of our house in Harpenden. I remember it well because my brother fell down the step carrying his bowl, and cut his hand open. I was concerned about his hand, but more so about my rapidly melting ice cream, which I then drank.
Who is your food hero?
I have many. Today, day 63 of lockdown in Rome, I have to say, Marco, my fruit and vegetable man at my local market in Rome. With his father, Marco farms, harvests and brings fresh stuff into Rome each day, I feel fortunate to eat the goodness he grows everyday.
What is your guiltiest food pleasure?
I never feel guilty about food. My greatest food pleasure….Again, there are many, but our Friday night fritti and frizzante is source of great joy.
Which restaurant to you long to return to?
Where to begin? The nearest one, our local trattoria Piatto Romano that is 20 metres from our front door and has now been closed for 62 days. I’ll start with a deep fried artichoke, then have braised rabbit, chicory, olive oil baked potatoes and a litre of house white please.
What would be your last meal?
This is really hard. What am I going to die of? Let’s assume it is in my sleep after a long and happy life and I will have the full Friday night special, the fried things and the frizz, a whole baked fish, potatoes and mayonnaise, a bottle of wine each, really expensive chocolates assorted grappa, and my bed (to die in).
What dish do you cook the most at home? And who shares it with you.
Pasta with either a slutty tomato sauce, or green vegetables with parmesan, always with my partner Vincenzo and our son.
What restaurant T-shirt would you wear?
I would like a plain one signed by the owners of all my favourite places, in London and Rome, the restaurant equivalent of the last day of school T shirt.
Hard - can I have on from each season please - artichokes, peas, tomatoes and potatoes.
Most over-rated dish?
My rice pudding - I think it is the best ever (it isn't)
Favourite restaurant not in the UK?
Sakalleo in Scoglitti in Sicily for endless seafood straight from the sea.
Favourite fast food joint?
Our local pizza-by-the-slice in Rome
Breakfast in bed or Hotel Restaurant?
English Breakfast Tea or Long Black Coffee?
Martini - Gin or Vodka
Ketchup or Mayo?
Stella or Boli?
Not sure what it is but I will have Boli
London or New York?
London - to see my family
City break or Hideaway?
Right now - up a mountain please (with my family
RESTOKIT - BRING THE RESTAURANT HOME
YARD SALE PIZZA LAUNCHES SOUTH-OF-THE-RIVER
THE SILVER BIRCH TO OPEN WITH A SOFT LAUNCH
DAISY AND MICHAEL HOPPEN
IMAD'S SYRIAN KITCHEN
BEHIND RESTAURANT TO LAUNCH IN LONDON FIELDS
COLETTE LAUNCHES BREAKFAST MENU
CULTISAN: EAT LOCAL, GLOBALLY
THE SILVER BIRCH TO LAUNCH IN CHISWICK
KOLAMBA LAUNCHES £10 LUNCH BOWL
SABOR EN CASA GOES NATIONWIDE
COLETTE LAUNCHES NEW DINNER PARTY SERVICE
"SHOP, EAT & DRINK" BERMONDSEY STREET
#INSPIREDBY NOOR MURAD
RESTAURANTS OPEN FOR BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY #EOTHO FINALE
NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS LAUNCHES THE TOP 100 AUCTION
SABOR TO REOPEN WITH NEW DISHES, NEW DINING ROOM AND NEW MEAL KITS
OZONE TO GO
THE ZETTER TOWNHOUSE PLANS ITS REOPENING
SKYE GYNGELL LAUNCHES "SPRING IN SUMMER"
#INSPIREDBY MANAL RAMADAN WHITE
EAT OUT TO HELP OUT
CAFE MURANO BRUNCH
NEW RESTAURANT TERRACES
TURNIPS, BOROUGH MARKET X TOMAS LIDAKEVICIUS
“PRIME FEAST” GOES NATIONWIDE
CAFE MURANO BERMONDSEY RE-OPENS
SABOR AL FRESCO
THE ROYAL, ST. LEONARDS-ON-SEA
COLETTE LAUNCHES A HAMPER COLLECTION
#INSPIREDBY DAVID WADDINGTON
KOLAMBA LAUNCHES BRUNCH
SABOR LAUNCHES "SABOR EN CASA"
THE PILGRM HOTEL LAUNCHES "THE PILGRM PROVISIONS"
#INSPIREDBY JEREMY LEE
OTTOLENGHI, ROVI, AND NOPI DELIVER
#INSPIREDBY SHUKO ODA
#INSPIREDBY FADI KATTAN
#INSPIREDBY MISSY FLYNN
#INSPIREDBY DAVID LOFTUS
PADELLA PASTA KITS LAUNCH
#INSPIREDBY YASMIN KHAN
#INSPIREDBY PETRA BARRAN
#INSPIREDBY ROBBIE BARGH
OTTOLENGHI IS REOPENING
PRAWN ON THE LAWN REOPENS AS A FISHMONGERS
#INSPIREDBY LILY VANILLI
KOLAMBA LAUNCHES SRI LANKAN DELIVERY SERVICE
#INSPIREDBY RACHEL RODDY
#INSPIREDBY RYAN CHETIYAWARDANA
ANGELA HARTNETT AND CAFE MURANO LAUNCH PASTA DELIVERY
#INSPIREDBY PAULA FITZHERBERT
#INSPIREDBY RAVEN SMITH
PRIME FEAST LAUNCHES HOME DELIVERED MEATS
#INSPIREDBY ELIZABETH DAY
#INSPIREDBY BEN PUNDOLE
#INSPIREDBY HENRIETTA LOVELL,
THE 'RARE TEA LADY'
WELCOME TO #INSPIREDBY
RESTAURANTS ARE HERE TO STAY, BUT THEY WON’T LOOK THE SAME
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KOLAMBA POLOS RECIPE
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FALASTIN: A COOKBOOK
THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY GETS CREATIVE
NEW HEAD CHEF AT NUTSHELL AND PERSIAN NEW YEAR
UPCOMING EVENTS AT GREAT SCOTLAND YARD HOTEL
NEW CAFE MURANO MENU
VEGETARIAN SUPPER-CLUB SERIES AT ACE HOTEL, SHOREDITCH
DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL - 2020 AT A GLANCE
SUNDAY ROAST MENU AT PRAWN ON THE LAWN ISLINGTON
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – WHAT’S ON
THE HAND & FLOWERS TURNS 15 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH
BRITISH WINE MAKER LUNCH AT KERRIDGE'S
KOLAMBA PRESENT ISLAND SUNDAYS
ACTION AGAINST HUNGER JORDAN TREK 2020
ACE HOTEL'S BLACK: THE LITERARY SALON
LIGHTER SET LUNCH AT KERRIDGE'S BAR & GRILL
ANGELA HARTNETT JOINS BEST HOME COOK
TOM KERRIDGE'S NEW TV SHOW
LE BUN GOES VEGAN
MURANO'S JANUARY MENU