Eataly in Piazza della Republica. I've been to both the one in the Piazza and the behemoth at Piramide station, this one is smaller, more intimate, not quite as crazy. A delicious lunch accompanied by a Montefalco rosso and I was set.
beer restaurant---go figure, beer in Italy, it's taking off. They had more than 20 beers on tap, and nice pizzas. This was also a lesson, restaurants come and go, check before you wander out in the heat and humidity, you could be on a wild goose chase.
Noi Salon recommended Babbette to me many years ago, and so I felt it was time for another visit. This is a beautiful place off the craziness of Piazza del Popolo, with a French/Italian vibe. Our amuse bouche was described as cream potato with truffle, I'd describe it as amazing.
|Broccoli Veloute---basically broccoli, olive oil and a bit of fennel---good to the last drop|
|Paccheri with gorgonzola, spinach and pistachios---Mama Mia!|
|Taglietelle with Beef Ragu|
|Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil|
|Carcioffi alla Giudia|
|Our main courses were pasta, because that's what we do here.|
|Dr. C. opted for the ravioli with spinach and ricotta|
|The girls and I opted for the ravioli stuffed with veal.|
|For dessert we had to try the famous Palle di Nonno (Grandpa's balls) Deep fried chocolate, ricotta and pistachios|
|Dr. C's face when he saw Palle de Nonno on the menu|
After almost 5 days of non-stop sightseeing today we have nothing on our agenda, but that doesn't mean we have nothing on our plates....sorry I couldn't resist that. We went out for our usual cappuccino and cornetto this morning, then around 1 p.m. headed to another restaurant in the neighborhood, Dal Toscano. It is on the edge of the more touristy area, but we were the only Americans there, and were seated inside, enveloped in air conditioning (when it's 90+ degrees, you don't want to sit outside) and by our waiter who was attentive, but not overbearing. We could have stayed there all afternoon it was so delightful.
|Who knew fresh fried potato chips could be this good? Top left potato croquette,fried artichokes, fried zucchini flower, zucchini, fried ricotta, and in the middle I'm still not sure, could be a cardoon.|
|Saltimboca, traditional Roman dish|
|Pappardelle with Ragu Toscano|
|A little Super Tuscan|
|This desert doesn't look like much but we named it the second best after the deep Cappuccino at L'Alchimista, zabaglione with hot chocolate sauce, at the bottom was a tangerine sorbet, also delicious. |