/Rome For Foodies Dining App (Finally) Released

Rome For Foodies Dining App (Finally) Released

I can hardly believe I’m writing this. Rome For Foodies, my first native app for iPhone, iPad, and Android smart phones, has just been released and is now available on iTunes and the Android Market (feedback appreciated!!!). The process was hellish, with more delays, sleepless nights and panicked Skype chats with my developers than I wish to remember, but it’s done and I predict the best night’s sleep ever tonight.

It feels really good and completely terrifying to release something that has consumed more than a year of my life. But I’m really confident that the content (135 personally and recently vetted venues) will lead visitors and locals alike to Rome’s most important destinations for exceptional food and drink. Here’s what else to expect:

Key features:
-Browse venues by keywords and categories
-GPS: Find nearby venues automatically
-Content and maps available offline
-Advanced search: filter by category, neighborhood, and budget range
-Share venues with friends via email, sms, Facebook, and Twitter
-Top Picks list
-Suggested itineraries and tips
-Call venues or visit websites directly from venue page

There may still be a bug or two to work out and if at first the thumbnails seem to be loading slowly, bear with me. The next version is already in the works that will correct that bug. It will also download to your device automatically for free:)

Thanks to everyone who made this app possible. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without your help, support, and tireless editing. Mamma Parla, Michael, John, Gina, Irene, Jack, Petulia, Rob, Hande and Jessica, I owe you all a meal at a Rome for Foodies-approved venue of your choice and so much more!


  1. Irene January 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Hurray hurray! Congrats, Katie. I’m already in love with the app.

  2. Bonnie January 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Downloaded. Making my list of favorites for upcoming trip. Thanks.

  3. Heidi January 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    OMG! Katie, I’ve been lost in your new app for an hour now. It’s great! My new iPad now has it’s first app. Your wonderful map with all those little red pins I’ve been looking at on your blog site is perfetto. It will get worn out during my stay in Rome this Spring… Yes, there are a few little glitches/oddities, but they are not curbing my enthusiasm for your Rome for Foodies app
    Good work! Grazie!

  4. Lucinda Keller January 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Yay! I am soooo getting it! I am hoping to go to rome in the fall/late fall.
    BTW … if you know of any dirt cheap places to stay that aren’t scary, I’m all ears!

    Happy New Year to you!
    Felice 2012!

  5. Midwest Reader January 6, 2012 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Just bought it in preparation of a trip in March. Hope I have many good meals and you enjoy much success with it.

  6. jenny@atsteoftravel January 6, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Congratulations. Can’t wait to try it

  7. Sylvia Eken January 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks, this is a great asset!

  8. freddie January 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Too much 3 Euro for android. Try some ads in and sell for free.

  9. Mart January 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Well have I ever….. congrats Katie. Will check it out even if I’m nowhere near Roma snifsnif.

  10. Katie January 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    @Irene glad to hear it!

    @bonnie great, bonnie! hope you find some fun new places

    @heidi yes enjoy it! having the developers work on those glitches as we speak!! version 2 will be submitted to the app store soon and once it is approved you it will automatically synch for free!

    @lucinda happy new year! there are some great budget accommodations in rome like casa di amy, the beehive and hotel paba. they aren’t dirt cheap in real life, more like in rome accommodation terms.

    @midwest reader i hope the same for you!

    @jenny grazie! let me know what you think!

    @sylvia would love to know how you like it after you take it for a spin

    @freddie i would love to give android and iphone away for free (without ads!) but unfortunately the app universe is unkind to individuals and in order to recover my investment i must charge. the android and iphone prices are the same ($3.99 or €2.90) and if that is too much then don’t buy it. if you do buy it, let me know if you think it is worth it!

  11. Mart January 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Spero di si…..

  12. s January 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    many congrats, m’dear! x s

  13. Katie January 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    @mart torna presto!!

  14. ciaochowlinda January 7, 2012 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Congrats to you Katie, to mom Parla and everyone else involved in this. I hope to get a chance to try some of your recommendations later this year.

  15. Justine January 7, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    $3.00 is a bargain!! Compared to the heavy guidebooks sold in bookshops, I’m happy to fork out $3.00 for info from someone who knows what they’re talking about! Can you say, SOLD?!

    So excited for you Katie!!! And I’ll be even more excited when I make my way back to Rome to try out these R4F approved venues- lets hope they stay loyal and local! CONGRATS!!!

  16. Beth Anderson January 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I am so thrilled for you! Who did the software work? What a satisying project this must have been for you…

  17. Tamar Jacobs January 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    So happy you released it right before our trip on 1/25. Is the way to view the restaurants and maps “off-line” by saving them in advance of our trip?

  18. Sarah May January 11, 2012 at 12:29 am - Reply

    DAMN!! Some asshole stole my new Itouch. Maybe I need to steal an Iphone so I can download this!!

  19. Katie January 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    @s grazie carissima!

    @ciaochowlinda me too! keep me posted on your future italy travels and please come to the launch party next saturday at clydz!

    @justine thank you SO much! appreciate your kind words. btw, trimani was in the guide until the last minute. i had dinner there with my mom in early december and they served me a cartoccio di frutti di mare in a frecking scorched plastic bag. i almost fell out of my chair.

    @beth thanks! i hired a company i found on elance to do the work.

    @tamara version 2 should be out this week so be sure you get the update before you take off. all the data is available offline. you can also “save” favorites to the saved folder as you browse. but in terms of viewing venue data, maps, itineraries, my top picks, that is all available offline so you won’t have to pay roaming charges abroad! i hope the app serves you well and please let me know what you think. buon viaggio:)

    @sarah may oh no! how did that happen? awful! so sorry

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  21. Sarah May January 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    YAY! If some A-hole hadn’t stolent my Itouch I could download this. I get a phone upgrade in a month so i will buy this app.

  22. CheezyK January 25, 2012 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Oh wow, I wish this was in place when we were in Rome last year. It was so different being on the ground over there than it had been sitting here making plans that half the stuff I’d read here and other places went straight out of my head! I have passed your details on to my little bro’ though as he will be there later this year and he and his friends really enjoy good food. I suppose I’ll just have to make plans for a “foodie” specific trip to Rome one day 🙂

  23. Turkey's For Life January 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    How bizarre?! I’ve just done a Google search on places to eat in Kadıköy in Istanbul and found your blog. (Will make a note of the places you mentioned). The bizarre thing is, I was looking for places to eat because we’ll be staying there for one night in April, prior to a flight to Rome of all places!

    Going to add your app to my tablet now so we can check out some Rome eateries. Good luck with it! 🙂


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