Taste of Testaccio: The Perfect Gluten Free Food Tour in Rome

Taste of Testaccio: The Perfect Gluten Free Food Tour in Rome
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My favorite part of traveling is trying new foods, without a doubt.  What better way to appreciate a culture than to indulge in the local foods, right? Italian culture is centered around food. It brings family and friends together and eating is a sacred social activity (as it should be!). Hey, Italy is my favorite country in the entire world for a reason!

As someone who is allergic to gluten, traveling on a strict gluten free (GF) diet isn’t the easiest thing and it takes much more research and planning to have a safe dining experience. So when I found a gluten free food tour in Rome, offered by Eating Italy, I JUMPED on it! Ahh, finally! I decided on the Taste of Testaccio Tour with Eating Italy because I have never been to that neighbourhood but have always heard good things about it. It’s a local, colorful, and hip neighbourhood in Rome and it deserves more attention than it receives. I also learned that Testaccio is considered the birthplace of Roman cuisine! Umm, sign me up please! ♥

If you’re like me and are skeptical about forking out cash for a food tour, you will be pleasantly surprised. The food tour hits up 8 STOPS (and 12 tastings total), so make sure you skip breakfast. You will be STUFFED by the end of the 4-hour tour, guaranteed! My tour was from 10:30am-2:30pm, and it filled me up for the entire day. I only needed a light snack around 9pm, but it’s basically breakfast lunch and dinner crammed into 4 hours of yummy goodness.

(note: this food tour isn’t only for those who are gluten free and is open to everyone. However, it can be specifically tailored to those with food allergies, which is what they did with me). 

So What Does a Gluten Free Food Tour in Rome Look like? Here are the highlights below!

1st Stop→ Pastry Shopping

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Rich & sweet GF chocolate fudge tart

Breakfast of champions…the non Gf version below.

Eating Italy Pastries

I’ll take one of each, please 🙂

2nd Stop→Pizza, pizza, pizza (& rice)

Eating Italy Pizza

There’s nothing like a local pizza spot in Rome. My eyes were bulging out of my head. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a GF option and I was offered a rice dish instead (boo!). The rice was tasty, but it’s not the same. So instead, I just lived vicariously through my pizza devouring tour members.

3rd Stop→Salumeria

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Next stop was a cute salumeria where we were offered salami, prosciutto, and cheeses. The prosciutto was delicate, tasty and tender. The highlight was the buttery truffle cheese, an absolutely amazing surprise! I usually hate truffles (I know, blasphemous right?), but this was one of the best cheeses I have ever tried.

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Balsamic vinegar tasting. Tasted like honey to me, SO GOOD!

We had some free time inside to sample and purchase any delicacies we desired. If I wasn’t at the beginning of my trip, I would have stocked up for goodies to take home. Maybe next time!

4th Stop→The Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Rome

The Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Rome

I know what you’re thinking.. a cemetery visit on a food tour, wtf? But after all that food, it was the perfect break. Not to mention, a very beautiful and peaceful place. If you’re in Rome, I would highly recommend a visit here to get away from the crowds!

The Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Rome

5th Stop→Testaccio Covered Market ( with 3 food stops inside the market)

This was my favorite stop on the tour. It was a local market where the shops were passed down from generation to generation and everyone knew each other. It was such a great vibe inside, and not to mention some awesome food!

Taste of Testaccio tour

Nothing like fresh caprese salad. Melted in my mouth!

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Clockwise: Bruschetta on GF bread, fresh veggies, GF suppli, GF fried artichoke.

Inside the market, I endulged in:

Food box on Taste of Testaccio Tour

Cute little Food Box shop

  1. Bruschetta (pronounced “broo skeyta” NOT “brooshetta”) with a homemade gluten free baguette, soft on the inside and crispy on the edges. They let me take home the entire loaf for later, which was a big plus!
  2. Caprese-garnished with the freshest basil and mozarella. The ingredients were so soft and fresh, I didn’t need to chew much.
  3. Fried artichoke and wine-the artichoke was a substitute for the bombettos (neck of pork, pecorino, and bacon) the others got to try. Delicious!

 

Bonus stop: I found a little gluten free shop and got my own suppli (fried risotto and cheese ball) and it was divine! (note: this was not included in the tour and I purchased it on my own).

6th Stop→Sit-Down Restaurant with 3 Pastas & Unlimited Wine

gluten free food tour in Rome

GF pasta substitute with cracked pepper and cheese. Simple yet delicious.

Stretchy pants would have been very helpful at this point in the tour. Just about to tap out but there were 2 more stops! Oh, and did I mention endless wine carafes? ♥

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3 non-GF pastas to choose from

7th Stop→Suppli (fried risotto and cheese balls) at Trapizzino.

gluten free food tour in Rome

Traditional Suppli (fried risotto % cheese). Not GF but they look oh so tasty!

Suppli is a traditional fast food in Rome and costs only about €1. This option was NOT GF so I was offered some pulled marinated chicken. I did get to taste the GF version of suppli in the covered market, so I was satisfied to say the least.

8th Stop→Gelato

Taste of Testaccio Tour

The last stop was for dessert, and what better dessert in Italy than gelato? I finished the whole thing and then I surrendered the flag. I could not physically fit any more food inside my body. I had never been so stuffed in my life.

The Verdict

My first food tour was a success!  I had doubts about not getting enough food but boy was I wrong! It was totally worth it and food tours are going to be my new obsession. I will also say that the tour would not have been as fun without our awesome tour guide Domenico. He had a hippie style, and was whitty, knowledgable, and charismatic. The tour guide really does make or break the tour!

I was surprised at all the GF options and the variety of foods offered. The only disappointment was that they didn’t have GF pizza. Other than that, I give it an A! If you have never done a food tour in Italy, I would definitely give it a try! It was the perfect gluten free food tour in Rome.

*I was a guest of Eating Italy on the Taste of Testaccio Tour. My opinions, however are my own. I don’t bullshit and I LOVED this food tour! 

Have you Ever done a Food Tour with Eating Italy? Have you done any other gluten free food tours in Rome? Do tell!

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6 Comments

  1. I absolutely love food tours! Such a great way to experience a country or city!

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    • Exactly!It’s the best way to experience the country! Food is such a big part of cultures!

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  2. Oh my! Just looking at the pictures my mouth is watering. There is nothing I love more that Italian food and this is definitely a great way to get to know more of it. I’ll be sure to check this tour out when I’m in Rome and to remember to come with an empty stomach!

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    • Oh yes, an empty stomach is a must! Such good food and we learned a lot about the neighborhood as well!I cant believe that was my first ever food tour. I’m hooked! hehe

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  3. We know Rome very well but this article is really helpful for who is allergic to gluten!

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    • Glad I could help!! 🙂

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