Eat Pray Love Filming Update: On to Italy

Italy, Travel Books & Movies — By on September 18, 2009 at 6:00 am

by Sarah Amandolare
Special to The Lost Girls

Julia Roberts and the cast arrived in Rome at the end of August, but before we fill you in on her Italian whereabouts, enjoy these Monsters and Critics pictures of Julia, casual in jeans and flowy blouse, filming in lower Manhattan on August 23.

Three days later, PopSugar captured Roberts hard at work in Rome, looking chic in dark sunglasses. Javier Bardem was expected to join the cast there soon.

Since then, Roberts has been seen out and about in the Eternal City, strolling, dining and even bargaining with the local butchers, according to the Los Angeles Times. Fans have caught glimpses of the movie star near the swanky Hotel Raphael, which sits near Piazza Navona and is covered with strands of ivy. Roberts also reportedly enjoyed a meal at Da Pancrazio restaurant next to the bustling Piazza di Campo de’ Fiori, perhaps sampling a few of the mouthwatering classic Italian dishes, like Bucatini all’Amatriciana, Spaghetti alla Carbonara and Saltimbocca alla romana. Even more compelling than its menu, though, is Da Pancrazio’s history; the restaurant is housed atop the ruins of Pompeus’ Ancient Theatre. On the official Web site you’ll see photos of the romantic, cave-like dining room.

In other news, Elizabeth Gilbert will speak about “Traveling the Road of Life” at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on September 28. Gilbert takes the stage at 7 p.m., and will hold a book signing afterwards. The event is free to attend and is open to the public.

Finally, Jezebel continues tackling the controversial mash-up that is “Eat, Pray, Love,” feminism and Elizabeth Gilbert. In her latest column, Anna N. takes Charlotte Hays of the Wall Street Journal to task over a “short by nasty” editorial asserting that Gilbert has betrayed feminist readers. “I don’t think Gilbert made me, or feminism any promises in the first place,” writes Anna, who admits that she is not a huge fan of the book. Rather than being Gilbert’s feminist journey, the book is simply a cathartic road to self-discovery, Anna suggests. “Gilbert doesn’t leave her marriage because she’s a strong woman who doesn’t need a man – she leaves because she’s miserable.”

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