Sara’s Weeknight Meals: Season 12

Episode 1201: Essential Pastas of Rome

I kick off a visit to Rome with a street food tour led by American Ex Pat, Katie Parla.  First, we sample only in Rome treats like simple but delicious Mortadella sandwiches, Maritozzi pastries oozing with whipped cream, and Suppli, Roman deep fried rice balls.   Then, we perform a Roman hat trick – three pastas starting with the same delicious base:   Gricia made with guanciale transforms into Amatriciana by adding tomatoes or Carbonara by adding eggs.     All are perfect, super easy weeknight meals.  In my own kitchen, I make my own delicious pasta – Baked Penne with Prosciutto and Fontina cheese.  Mangia!

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Places we Visited on Our Food Tour:

FORNO CAMPO DE FIORI Campo de’ Fiori, 22, 00186 Roma RM, Italy⋅
(Location for Mortadella Sandwiches on Pizza Bianca)

CAFÉ ROSCIOLI Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, 163, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
(Location for Maritozzi, the crème filled brioche)

SUPPLIZIO Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14300186 Roma RM, Italy
(Location for suppli, the Roman fried rice balls filled with meat sauce and mozzarella)


Katie Parla is the acclaimed author, publisher, television and podcast host, journalist, culinary guide, and educator based in Rome. She has written, edited or contributed to more than 35 books including the cookbooks “American Sfoglino,”  “Flour Lab,” “Food of the Italian South,” “Tasting Rome,” and “The Joy of Pizza.” In 2022, Katie founded Parla Publishing, independently publishing her latest cookbook Food of the Italian Islands while establishing services designed to demystify all facets of the process for other authors, restaurants, and brands. She co-hosts Gola, a podcast about Italian food and drinks culture. In addition to appearing as an expert on television programs such as “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” and Netflix’s “Chef’s Table,” Katie hosts culinary shows on Recipe.tv including her Emmy-nominated food and travel series “Katie Parla’s Rome,” “Katie Parla’s Roman Kitchen,” and “Gola on the Road.” Follow along on Instagram at @katieparla.


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Thanks to Ann Taylor for supplying me with so many lovely outfits! |