Eat, eat, eat! And that is certainly what I did! 5 days of Pizza, Spaghetti and Gelato, what more could you possibly want! If you are in any way hungry, I would maybe grab yourself a small snack, or come back to reading this when you have a slightly fuller stomach! I don’t wish to be the one responsible for extreme hunger pangs!
Rome has been top of our travel list for quite a while, in part, of course for the food but also for the combined years we have both spent playing Rome Total War! So it is fair to say, our days were spent browsing all the ancient Roman sites and then all the menus of the local trattorias, Food wise, it is hard to say everything we ate wasn’t the highlight! But I will do best I can and force myself to pick out the top 3!
Pasta, of course, has to be one of them. We tended to alternate and do pizza for lunch and then pasta for dinner or vice versa- we were walking close to 30,000 steps a day, the carbs were needed! As good as the pizza was, my heart is made of 80% pasta, so the winner was always going to slightly obvious. I was most excited about trying the traditional Roman dish Cacio e Pepe, a exceptionally simple dish comprised of just spaghetti, black pepper and Pecorino Cheese. It sounds almost too simple to be good, but of course as most Italian dishes do, I was proved wrong and it was its simplicity which made it so very delicious, Creamy from the cheese with the heat of the pepper and the perfectly al dente spaghetti- a must try if your planning a trip to Rome!
Number 2, unsurprisingly, Gelato. I got through my fair share of scoops of the deliciously smooth and creamy Italian delicacy. Flavour highlights, of course pistachio, tiramisu and a tart but delicious Raspberry.
Thirdly, the Sicilian Cannoli. I struggle to find the words that can match my joy at finally tasting a proper Sicilian Cannoli. I have only ever had, what I now realise were very poor counterfeits. I feel the expense of the whole holiday was worth it purely for those embarrassingly few moments it took for me to devour the giant shell. I would walk and swim my way back to Italy for another one. Or if anyone knows of anywhere selling them closer to home!!
This will be mainly a photo style blog, as when it comes to Rome, I feel a picture really is worth a thousand words…