Sara’s Weeknight Meals: Season 12

Episode 1202: Vegetariano Italiano

My guest, Cristina Bowerman, broke through the boys club to become the only Michelin starred female chef in Rome.   We go on a delicious journey through Cristina’s Trastevere neighborhood to pick up ingredients for Cristina’s meatless Celeriac and Orange Pizza topped with a seccret ingredient and herb oil.  It’s easy, it’s smoky delicious and its like no pizza you’ve ever had before.  In my own kitchen, I continue the vegetarian Italian theme with a Spaghetti Squash  pasta with nuts and a creamy goat cheese sauce.  Plus, an American in Rome, Kristina Gill, living the dream as a food photographer.

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Cristina Bowerman is the only female Michelin starred chef in Rome.  After years as a graphic designer in the United States, she went to culinary school returned home in midlife to start her career as a chef. She lives in the bohemian, former working class district of Trastevere near her restaurant, Glass Hostaria Vicolo del Cinque, 58, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Places we visited in Trastevere with Cristina Bowerman:

  1. MERCATO SAN COSIMATO – open air produce market – Piazza di S. Cosimato, 64, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
  2. DROGHERIA INNOCENZI – tea, spices, dried pasta shop – Via Natale del Grande 31, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
  3. LA NORCINERIA DI IACOZZILLI – pork butcher – Via Natale del Grande 15/16 00153 Roma, Italy


Kristina Gill

Kristina Gill is from Nashville, Tennessee. She co-authored and photographed the book “Tasting Rome” from Clarkson Potter Publishers. Kristina moved to Rome at the turn of the century, and currently works as a humanitarian advisor. She is married to Niccolò and in love with her dog, Jasper.

Kristina took us to the Testaccio Market (Nuovo Mercato Comunale di Testaccio) in the old meatpacking district.   Chefs and vendors in the area are reviving offal dishes, traditionally less expensive food made with meatpacking byproducts, with new preparations.

 Mordi e Vai, Box 15, Testaccio Market Nuovo Mercato Comunale di Testaccio, Via Beniamino Franklin, 12/E, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

(Kristina got a veal sandwich with carbonara sauce, so rich and fatty she says she can only have it once a year)

Il Panifico Passi Via Mastro Giorgio, 87, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

At this charming neighborhood bakery, Kristina got strudel and contucci, the Tuscan almond cookies we identify as biscotti  (but biscotti in Italian literally means cookie, any cookie – so we’ve been saying it wrong!)


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