You may have thought when you read the title we were going to be talking about a Mardi Gras/Carnival type celebration in Italy. Well we could, we were here for it, but what we are referring to is that we landed in Rome on Saturday and we were FAT by Tuesday. We were here 32 years ago come this April and neither of us can remember being assaulted by gastronomic goodies as we have been this visit. Foodie Heaven and seriously, if you call yourself a "Foodie" you must find some way to make it to this holy land of pasta, seasonings, and storefront after storefront of Trattorias, Gelaterias, Pasterias, Bakeries and on and on and they don't give you even a street or piazza to digest that last perfect slice of Quattro Stagioni before another incredible aroma calls your name. Aaaahh...
I understand there were some kids in masks and confetti was being thrown all about the place but really, unless it was landing on my Spaghetti alla Carbonara, I wasn't going to notice.
Mama Molisana and her melanzana, (eggplant in Italian) we ran into her when she was buying gelato for her granddaughter and the owner of the gelataria told us Mama made the best food in the neighborhood...we totally agree, never have I tasted eggplant in different preparations and they all taste better than I have ever had before. All her vegetables are so tasty, and fantastic pizza. Aahhhh.
|We walk about 12,000 steps a day, not for the exercise - but are led by the smells of the city.|
So lucky to be in this city for a month. We got to our small apartment in the Prati neighborhood - it took us less than an hour to settle in with our 1 suitcase, and since the sun was out we left the apartment and started to wander.....we are within walking distance to the Vatican and St. Peters, but still bought a monthly bus and metro pass (35 euros) for ease of getting around to explore and see all the sights. The first sight we were interested in as Richard said, was finding the nearest Pizzeria! This was not too difficult since there are Pizzerias all around us, the difficult part was choosing which one to go into. Ok ok, we have to slow down and pace ourselves - a month here can be dangerous.......and Rich, speak for yourself when you said WE were fat by Tuesday - for me....it was Friday....
We spent the first week putting together our itinerary for the month what to see when - finding out when museums had free entrance dates etc. The weather was beautiful the first week and we spent most of our time outdoors, exploring the piazzas and walking the neighborhoods. The city has a wonderful artistic feel to it - the colors of the buildings look like impressionistic paintings, its no wonder artists abound here...
|Best restaurant of the week Vecchia Roma. A basement trattoria in the San Giovanni area of Rome.|