by: Duff Archie
I was able to travel to Florence and Rome during one of my breaks while studying abroad in Copenhagen. While in Italy, myself and a fellow Copenhagen classmate compared the Mediterranean food and culture with that of the Scandinavian food and culture of Copenhagen, Denmark.
For those who are not familiar, Scandinavian Denmark can be characterized by its open-faced rye sandwiches, plentiful pickled herring, and other various meat-based dishes, whereas, Mediterranean Italy is a bounty of vine-ripened tomatoes, aged cheeses, and fresh bread.
Our journey began in the birthplace of Tuscan food and wine - Florence, Italy. Exhausted from our travels, we settled on the first restaurant we came across, Osteria Dell’Agnolo, traditional Tuscan fare and absolutely delicious. Outside of all of the extraordinary foods In Florence, one of the highlights from our time was exploring the wines of the Chianti region of Tuscany, famous for its rich & fruity, red wines. All the wine was great, but the wine at Poggio Amorelli was so delicious, I couldn’t help but send a few bottles home to my parents as an early birthday present.
After eating and drinking our way through Florence, we took the train to Rome to sample a different region’s specialties and take in the history. We were fortunate enough to be staying right down the street from the Campo di Fiori, one of the prominent farmers markets in Rome. Each day, locals would set up and break-down stands to sell various produce and meats from the surrounding area – we went at least once a day for samples…. Safe to say, Rome is a foodie paradise. With “so much Rome and so little time,” we embarked on a walking food tour. Among the many shops and restaurants we visited, ZUM, a family run tiramisu shop; Buff, a small restaurant specializing in buffalo mozzarella; and Forno Marco Roscioli, a bakery and pizzeria, stood out as my top three sites we tasted.
Arguably the best meal of my entire life and certainly the best meal on this trip went down at Roscioli. Roscioli, a modern twist on traditional Italian, was the best way to cap off a mini food tour of Italy. I ordered the roast pheasant with vegetable salad and pineapple tartare and my friend ordered fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with ox tail stew, beef, and cherry pie with gorgonzola ice cream… I could eat this meal forever.
I arrived back in Copenhagen, having gained a few pounds, but more importantly, having gained a new appreciation for both cultures unique flavors and traditions around food. This trip was one for the books, and I highly recommend to anyone going to Florence and Rome to check out some of the places I mentioned!