Katie Parla is a popular blogger who writes from Rome, Italy about food and travel and who could (and often does) eat pizza every day!
Katie Parla is a Rome-based food and beverage educator and journalist. Originally from New Jersey, she has an art history degree from Yale, a master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, a sommelier certificate from the Federazione Italiana Sommelier Albergatori Ristoratori, and an archeological speleology certification from the city of Rome.
Whew! Way to go, Katie!
Katie’s mission is to highlight great food and beverages, praise the people dedicated to feeding us well, and inspire readers to talk about what they are eating and drinking. She focuses special attention on threats to local food culture, critical reviews of restaurants and trends, and food and dining in Rome, where she lives.
Katie has written and edited more than 20 books. Her food criticism and travel commentary have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Condé Nast Traveller UK, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, Lucky Peach, Corriere della Sera, Imbibe, Monocle, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Olive, AFAR, Punch, Wine Enthusiast, National Geographic Traveler, Eater, Delicious, Epicurious, Serious Eats, Food Republic, The Atlantic, Gather Journal, and The Sunday Times Magazine.
Katie is the author of the ebook Eating & Drinking in Rome, the mobile apps Katie Parla’s Rome and Katie Parla’s Istanbul, and the book National Geographic’s Walking Rome.
Her latest cookbook Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City won the IACP Award for Best International Cookbook 2017.
Katie Parla Show Notes
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National Geographics Walking Rome
Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City
Eating and Drinking in Rome
Why did you start blogging?
What made you move to Rome?
Where you fluent in Italian when you moved?
Does anyone catch on that you’re American, when they hear you speak?
Is the first blog that you had out there?
Why did you pick your name for your travel food blog?
How long do you think it took you?
How many iterations has your website had?
Did you purchase a theme or did you do your own design?
When you first started, how many times a week did you publish a post?
Once you started, how long do you think it took you to start making money?
Did you design an app, or did you have it designed?
What do you think is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
Do you have anybody helping you with any part of your business?
What do you do for SEO, or do you have someone who does it for you?
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite dish?
What is your favorite marketing tool?
What is the one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
Is that what you had a lot when you were growing up? Spicy food?
In Tasting Rome, did you cook all the items you have in there?
Do they end up posting one of your dishes on Instagram? #tastingrome
Did you have a plan mapped out, like what you were going to have to do to get ‘there’?
What made you do that?
I loved this interview, Elaine! It especially makes me feel better that it seems all of us bloggers went into it with no clear idea of what we doing! 🙂
Thanks Beth! I know, makes you feel there is hope! 🙂