Katie Parla

I am a freelance food and travel writer, and my bookshelf is loaded with reference books, cookbooks and travel memoirs. The coffee and mug are from a recent trip to Paris, as is the brush, which I purchased for cleaning my Chemex coffeemaker. There are also tons of magazines – Saveur, Bon App, Monocle – which I use when formulating pitches.


Katie Parla is a Rome-based food and beverage educator and journalist. 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.

She has written and edited more than 20 books and her food criticism and travel writing have appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, The Guardian, Monocle, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Olive, AFAR, Punch, Wine Enthusiast, National Geographic Traveler, Eater, The Atlantic and The Sunday Times Magazine.

Katie is the author of the blog Parla Food, the mobile apps “Katie Parla’s Rome” and “Katie Parla’s Istanbul”, and the book National Geographic’s Walking Rome. In 2013 she co-founded The Rome Digest.

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