Who is behind The Rome Digest?
The Rome Digest is a portal for dining, drinking and food shopping in Rome brought to you by the city’s premier wine and food educators. TRD’s 5 contributors hold 7 wine diplomas and 6 master’s degrees. They have authored and edited over 40 books and have published hundreds of articles on food and beverage culture. The objective of this site is to share the city’s best venues, as well as news and events, in a way that is accessible to locals and visitors alike.
Irene de Vette, a Rotterdam, Holland native, works in Rome as a gastronomic guide and wine educator at vino roma and as a food and wine writer for various publications. She holds two sommelier diplomas and is a member of the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (AIS). Irene has a master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University and lived in New York before her love of food and wine drew her to Rome. She has written several cookbooks, many magazine articles and a Rome guide book. You can find a full listing of her publications on her website.
Sarah May Grunwald is originally from California and lived in Australia and Germany before settling in Italy in 2005. She graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in European Humanities and has a sommelier certificate from AIS. Sarah is a professor at the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici where she teaches the course “Wines of Italy”. She is also the co-owner and manager of Antiqua Tours, which offers wine tastings, winery visits and cultural tours in and around Rome. She is the author of the wine blog, Tasting Rome. She lives in the Castelli Romani with her Genzanese husband, dogs, cats and 23 olive trees.
Hande Leimer, the founder and owner of vino roma, has a sommelier diploma from AIS, where she is also a member, and holds the WSET Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits. She also has a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from the Bogazici University in Istanbul. She was born in Istanbul and grew up in a multicultural family. Her palate was trained from an early age and continued to develop during her time abroad in the US, Germany and Italy. Wine education has been her full-time career since 2007. In addition to running vino roma, Hande also consults for restaurants and importers in the US, Germany and Turkey.
Katie Parla has a BA in the History of Art from Yale University, a master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” and a sommelier certificate from the Federazione Italiana Sommelier Albergatori Ristoratori. She is the author of National Geographic’s “Walking Rome: Cities of a Lifetime”, the blog Parla Food, and the app “Katie Parla’s Rome”. Her food criticism and travel writing regularly appear in the New York Times. In addition to writing and publishing, Katie lectures at universities and offers private food tours and craft beer and wine tastings.
Gina Tringali is a food historian, coffee connoisseur and cook. She has a master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, an MBA from NYU and is a certified sommelier and member of AIS. She worked for the Craft family of restaurants in NYC in business development and marketing and spent some time in the kitchen before relocating to Rome in 2007. She founded GT Food & Travel, a company offering small group and private culinary walking tours and wine tastings, in 2013. Gina also works as a freelance food and travel writer.
Editorial policy of The Rome Digest
The women of The Rome Digest are opinionated professionals. They know their stuff and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with others. In the interest of their readers, TRD does not accept advertising or sponsored posts. Contributors do not accept free or discounted meals or services in exchange for positive reviews. When they are familiar with restaurant owners and chefs, this will be clearly disclosed in the text. TRD only endorses venues that are objectively worthy.