Taking One Of The Best Walking Food Tours In Rome: A Review Of Devour Tours

June 18, 2024
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I’ve long said that food tours are one of best ways to get to know a city.  In fact, they’re something I love to schedule on my first afternoon or evening, a great way to orient myself, learn a little about a city, and get some great restaurant recommendations.

So when heading back to the Eternal City—known for some of the best food in the world—I knew that finding one of the best Rome food tours had to be on our itinerary.

Review of Devour Tours Rome | I've taken a couple Rome food tours, & this is one of the best! A review of my Devour Tours Rome walking food tour of the Jewish Ghetto & Trastevere, as well as a few of the other great options. What to do in Rome, Rome food tour options, Rome itinerary ideas.

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BUT, having previously done a food tour in Rome back in 201, with The Roman Guy, which was fine but I didn’t LOVE, I knew I needed to do even more research before committing on this one.

After a lot of research (and reaching out to a couple tours to ask about whether a 12-year-old could join), I ended up choosing Devour Tours.  They have a handful of amazing-sounding Rome food tours, but we ultimately went with their Jewish Quarter walking tour (because the nighttime ones had more wine and wouldn’t allow my niece).

And I can definitely say I recommend it—they have nice small group sizes, our tour guide was very local and knowledgeable, and the food was delish!  The other couple food tours that I’d narrowed it down to were this one (the Trastevere one specifically) and this one that’s got a strong wine focus as well.

Something you should definitely also consider is a cooking class…I love them and think that hands-on cooking is one of the best ways to get to know a place!  Devour Tours has a couple really good ones, and you can also find good local ones on Airbnb Experiences.

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I don’t want to completely spoil every stop in the food tour, but will skim through the whole tour and speak to different foods and experiences.  We made our way to the Portico Ottavia and met up with our guide Ilaria, a Roman native who was very well-versed in the specific neighborhoods we were exploring.

Our Devour Tours Rome food tour beginning in the Jewish Ghetto

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We took off immediately and made our first stop within minutes—at family-owned Bona for the famous Jewish fried artichokes.  Aren’t they gorgeous??  I will say that they’re a little hard to eat…are you supposed to eat all the leaves?  You don’t with steamed artichokes and they’re tough, but BOY once you get to that soft fried center, you’re in for a treat!

While we waited for our artichokes, Ilaria told us some of the history of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome, including highlighting the heartbreaking deportations during World War II.  You’ll see these gold cobblestones all around the Jewish Ghetto with names, dates, and camps on them.  They’re usually in front of a building to memorialize the person or people who were pulled out of that building and sent to camps.

Finding the best Rome food tour - review of Devour Tours Rome - trying the traditional Jewish fried artichokes

we not only ate well on our Devour Tours Rome food tour, but learned a lot about the Jewish Ghetto's history

Finding the best Rome food tour - review of Devour Tours Rome - trying pizza di Ebraica

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As we walked to our next stop, she shared our second snack, which she’d picked up earlier in the day…pizza di Ebraica (“Jewish pizza’) is another iconic Jewish Roman dish, but isn’t pizza at all.

It’s actually a giant cookie or cookie bar-like thing that’s chopped into pieces.  It’s packed with candied fruit and nuts, and looks almost burnt, but it’s pretty delicious.  It supposedly originated at Antico Forno Boccione, a nondescript bakery that’s operated for centuries.  They run out early in the day, so if you want to try them, get there early!

We wandered through Campo dei Fiori (which always looks sad and empty once they take down the market for the day), and then stopped to try two other Roman traditional foods—suppli and ciambella.  And all I can say is YUM.

Suppli is a fried rice ball (similar to arancini?) and they had prepared special ones for me and my sister and niece that didn’t have pork in them.  And then the ciambelli are super soft donuts rolled in a soft granulated sugar, a traditional breakfast food with your espresso.

Finding the best Rome food tour - review of Devour Tours Rome - trying the traditional Roman suppli

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trying delicious ciambelli on a Rome food tour with Devour Tours Rome

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Having walked a ton and worked up a thirst, we next made a quirky stop at Johnny Off-License beer shop, a very cool local hole-in-the-wall with small local beers and some organic wines.  It’s tiny but a really cool local spot that I would never have found.

We sipped some local IPAs (not my favorite beer) and then headed to our next stop, a famous place that only does fried cod.  I’d been here on my previous food tour for their filleti di baccala…steaming hot, kind of oily, and delicious (though as I always say about most things, could use a tiny bit of salt).

Ilaria continued to not only tell us about the foods but also tell the story of the neighborhood *through* the foods, and also show us some interesting historical tidbits as we wandered through the Jewish Ghetto.  I really love this neighborhood, and we spent quite a bit of time here this trip (including a delicious lunch at Renato al Ghetto).

trying local beers on a Devour Tours Rome tour of Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto

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Finding the best Rome food tour - review of Devour Tours Rome - trying fried cod

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And then it was time to head across the river to explore the Trastevere neighborhood.  Ilaria told us some more history with a bit of local color, and then we swung by a spot to try fried zucchini flowers (they weren’t my favorite, kind of bland, but I really wanted to come back and try their burger!).

exploring Trastevere on a walking food tour with Devour Tours Rome

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Our last stop was a quiet private rooftop, a welcome respite from walking.  Ilaria showed us how to make the iconic Aperol spritz and then we nibbled on some snacks as the sun started to set.

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Finding the best Rome food tour - review of Devour Tours Rome - ending the tour on a rooftop with Aperol spritzes

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If you’re looking for the best food tour in Rome and are looking for something that feels truly local, I recommend checking out the different options that Devour Tours offer in Rome!

Where to stay in Rome

There are tons of great options all around Rome.  On past trips I’ve been partial to the Piazza Barberini area for simple centrality, including the cute boutique Barberini Dream, a few steps from Piazza Barberini.  It’s just a few rooms, but each with interesting decor and some nice welcoming touches (like an espresso machine).  This trip we needed a bit more space but central, so stayed in the Maddalena 6 apartment near the Pantheon.

My other options this trip were Four Rivers Suites and Vista Rooms & Terrace (both super central and looks beautiful!), or if you’re considering basing yourself in Trastevere, I’d give Lighthouse Suites a look.

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