I have just came back from a weekend break to Rome, I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys history and good food. I spent 4 days in Rome, eating amazing local dishes, gelato and sightseeing. If you are considering visiting this beautiful city i have a few tips, make sure you visit the Vatican City in the morning as the queues are smaller, wear trainers such as converse as you will be walking in cobbled streets most of the time. Adventure out of the touristy parts, and use the metro and tram, they are cheap and easy to use.
Here are some of the restaurants and foods that I had in Rome.
Our first night in Rome we went to Piazza Navona, its beautiful at night because they light all the monuments and fountains. One tip do not eat at the restaurants at the piazza, they are very expensive. We went to a restaurant in Piazza Madalena near the Pantheon. I had linguine di Mare, seafood linguine in other words. The dish was delicious, it had prawns, muscles, clams and tomatoes in a herby sauce.
Linguine di Mare (seafood Linguine)
The next day for lunch we went to Trastevere, we had lunch at Papa Re restaurant, this is a little tradtional italian restaurant. Its located in Via della Lungaretta, 149, if you dont mind eating in cosy spaces and being ver close to other tables is worth the while. We had the tradional Roman dishes of pasta cacio and pepe, its pasta with cheese and black pepper. We also had saltimbocca, this is veal topped with bacon, marinated in wine. If you had the time visit this area, as you walk around the cobbled streets it feels like you are in a small Italian village rather than Rome.
Pasta Cacio and Pepe
We were walking from Trastevere to Campo di Fore when we found the I Dolci de Nonna Vinceza bakery, this traditional bakery with lots of mouth watering cakes is located at Via dell’Arco del Monte, 98 – to see some of their cakes visit www.dolcinonnavincenza.it. We had the Cannolis, also known as Cannulicchi in Italian. We had the little tasting ones, the flavours were; brown = chocolate, white = ricotta, green = pistachio, yellow = lemon and the other cream. My favourite was the cream one.
Cannoli or Cannulicchi
That evening we got a metro to Piramide and went to the traditional Italian restaurant De Bucatino, the restaurant is located in Via Luca della Robbia, 84. We had Roasted Veal with potatoes, Rabbit Cacciatore and for dessert Tiramisu. If you have the time I really recommend this restaurant, its small but full of locals and with amazing food, what more do you need?
Roasted Veal with Potatoes
Rabbit a la cacciatore
The next night we went to the new trendy restaurant in Rome called Porto Fluviale, the restaurant is located in Via del Portofluviale, 22, 00154 Roma. Take the metro to Piramide and walk from there, its about 5 minutes. I would advise that you ask your hotel (if you cant speak Italian) to book you a table as they are fully booked every night. This is a tapas style Italian restaurants, every dish can be order in portions of 1/4, 1/2 or full portions. We decided to have a few dishes, we had the meatballs in tomato sauce, carbonara with the most delicious fried crispy bacon, beef, pan fried cod in tomato sauce with olives (my favourite dish of the night) and we had a side of stir fry vegetables.
Meatballs in tomato sauce
Pan Fried Cod
For dessert I had a mille-feuille, translated in English is a thousand sheets. Its a pastry dessert made of filo pastry and cream.
On our last day in Rome, we had pizza for lunch, all pizzas are stonebaked, and la bucatini pasta, a traditional Roman pasta of bacon and spaghetti in tomato sauce.
la bucatini pasta
Everywhere you go in Rome you will find a gelataria, which is ice-cream shop with delicious home made gelato. One of my favourites was a little shop near the pantheon. Some of the flavours we tried were nutella, cappucino and kinder bueno.
Overall, I would really recommend Rome as the perfect short break, as not only will you find great food, but also a lovely culture.