Erica has lived in Rome since 2004, but she has been visiting the Eternal City since she was a child, thanks to her Roman mother and grandparents. Philadelphia is her hometown, Los Angeles is where she started her career and Rome is the end-all, be-all. She loves piazza life but misses backyard barbecues.
Where I live:
I live on the edge of the Ghetto (also called the Jewish ghetto), a micro-neighborhood in the center of the centro storico along the east side of the river. It’s one of the areas that gets a lot of traffic — local businesses and tourists — but somehow, the side streets are under the radar.
Best way to get around the city:
The best way to get anywhere in the historic center is by foot or bicycle, but it really helps to have a scooter — you can go anywhere fast. In a pinch and for longer distances, public transportation can take you to most places. Just have patience.
Don’t leave without having:
A maritozzo (pastry), pasta cacio e pepe or carbonara, pizza romana and a sip of fresh water from any of the nasoni (public drinking fountains).
But the local favorite is really:
Puntarelle, porchetta and pizza bianca (separately or combined in a sandwich).
If I moved, I’d most miss:
Pizza bianca, proper carbonara, open-air markets and walking to everything. But I would never move.