I travel for the Food

Fathom Questionnaire: Pavia Rosati

by Pavia Rosati

En route from Naples to the Sorrentine peninsula.

Hometown: NYC

Occupation: Founder of FATHOM.

Favorite destinations: Lo Scoglio on the Amalfi Coast, a certain backyard in Sagaponack, Taprobane Island in Sri Lanka. 

Dying to visit: Chile from top to tail, New Zealand, Ecuador, Botswana, the Turkish Islands, the Canadian Rockies, the fjords of Norway (since 1990). 

Bizarre travel rituals: I pack a ridiculously compact carry-on, but don't unpack for weeks when I get home. I can't book a plane ticket until I've read the details aloud to someone else. I'm obsessed with getting a bulkhead seat (business class on a budget). 

In-flight relaxation regime: Very bad movies and 22-minute naps. 

Always in carry-on: Snacks for the journey, Blackberry, unread New Yorkers, La Pasticca del Re Sole Italian licorice. 

Concierge or DIY? DIY. But I'm amazed at how good the results can be when I let someone who knows take charge. 

See it all or take it easy? See it all, then see some more. 

Drive or be driven? Drive. Really fast.  

Travel hero: Paul Bowles and H. V. Morton wrote brilliantly about the places they'd been and had such romantic notions about history. 

Weirdest thing seen on travels: It wasn't weird, but it was magical to carry a newborn baby goat down the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.  

Best hotel amenity: Elaborate silver servingware for breakfast and tea, free wifi, oversized bathtubs, and never having to sign for anything.  

I dream about my first meals at Le Meurice, the Fat Duck, and Don Alfonso

Everywhere I go, I check out the supermarkets.

When I arrive in a new place, I learn the lay of the land by walking everywhere. I have a crazy internal compass and can't get lost. In Lebanon, my friends called me "the pigeon" and cooed when I walked by. 

I always bring home contraband salumi, ceramics, chili peppers, and honey or vodka for my father.     

If I never return to Dubai or Cyprus it'll be too soon because both were just awful. I had low expectations of Dubai, and it met them. I had high expectations of Cyprus, and it dashed them.

I travel for the four-hour lunches.

Pavia Rosati

Pavia is the founder of Fathom. She splits her time between New York City and London but is happiest on the Sorrentine Peninsula. You can follow her at @pavianyc on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. She travels for the four-hour lunches.

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