My faithful jar of Vegemite has managed to travel right across Europe and be
welcomed enjoyed consumed by friends and strangers alike. Some enjoyed it and some well lets just say they gave it their best shot shall we.
Until now thought I’ve never had someone with the skill and experience in fine food to try this delightful Aussie battler. That was until I got in touch with Kenny who runs Italian food tours in Rome.
Now this isn’t just any food tour either, this is a four-hour sensation for the taste buds. I ate mozzarella di bufala as fresh as it could be, dined on pasta that danced down my throat and sampled just a few of the 45 varieties of tomatoes on offer at Carmelo’s stand in the local food market of Testaccio. This is the food tour of food tours if you love your italian dining.
So what better place to produce the old Vegemite and serve it up to one of the shops we were to visit that day right?
With thanks to Kenny we secured a tasting session with Alessandro at Volpetti, considered one of the best deli’s for your meats and cheeses in Rome (They have over 150 varieties of Italian cheese after all). Along with Alessandro the entire tour group I was on got to have a taste as well so check out the video below to see what they all had to say about it.
While my Eating Italy Food Tour was provided free, all views and opinions of Vegemite are my own.
Ha! I love that you travel with a jar of Vegemite. I remember moving to Adelaide when I was 7 and being perplexed by the commercials for Vegemite on TV and forcing my parents to buy me some. And I was so TOTALLY disappointed. I thought it would taste like chocolate. I switched to Nutella (which was available in OZ more than the US) and never looked back.
Being from Canada, well vegemite is a bit of an oddity. I have not been brave enough to try it, but now I must – if only to make sure I’m not missing out!
you should give it a try, i’m italian and i can honestly say that vegemite is good IF and i repeat IF if you take a toast and put on it only a LITTLE bit of vegemite 🙂
you can’t eat a spoon of vegemite, the taste is too strong but a little bit is really good 🙂
I was fully inspired by you and recorded a video of my bro eating Vegemite for the first time when he came to visit us (the Aussie boyf takes a jar with him everywhere too)… Like these guys I’m not sure he’s converted…
P.S Buongiorno Alessandro! 😉
I never thought I would see “vegemite” and “Italy food tours” in the same sentence.
I bought some Vegemite the other day just to see if it’s really that different from Marmite, which I love by the way. Sadly, it doesn’t compete. It tastes like Marmite gone wrong. I’ll stick to the good stuff from now on! Do you want the rest of my Vegemite?!
I’m the opposite of Arianwen — I love Vegemite but can’t stand an ounce of Marmite. The English can keep it, I’ll be sticking to the Aussie stuff!
Well, that’s embarassing. I could’ve sworn I wrote my name correctly.
Love the vegemite theme! I went to Sydney last January and had never heard of vegemite before…some colleagues teased me for a week before I’d finally give it a try, and sad to say it was aweful 🙁
I did try and bring some home to the USA…Australian border control would not permit it to get through security (claimed it was an agricultural product???) so I managed to buy some on the other side of security, only to run into the same issue going through customs in Dallas!
We are in mental decline over our Vegemite loss!! We bought a jar in Boston for $11 after having withdrawals. It lasted a couple of weeks before my daughter left it in her carry on in Berlin and they wouldn’t let us take it onboard!!! They thought it was hilarious that we all stood there gazing into the bin like one of our children was in there!! I’ve still not recovered!!