KATIE PARLA moved to Rome in 2003 after graduating from Yale. She holds a sommelier certificate and a master’s degree in Italian gastronomic culture. She writes about Roman food and beverage culture, and has contributed to and edited many travel guides. She writes for the blog ParlaFood.com and the website TheRomeDigest.com, and has created three mobile dining apps. She often appears as a Rome expert on the History Channel and the university lecture circuit.