The first night in Rome we went to dinner at Yohannes and Tiziana. She (Tiziana) is a great cook and she made a wonderful vegetable soup and this dish that is salmon with tomatoes and radicchio.
We stopped in the Kosher bakery in the ghetto to see what burnt pastry we could get. They were busy baking macaroons for the Passover holidays. Most of trays coming out were burnt.
The person who served us managed to select four fairly nice looking macaroons. The Queen is holding our macaroons and we both agreed they were the best that we have ever eaten.
Passover will soon be arriving so the King and Queen decided to go to the Jewish ghetto and buy matzo. This year the kosher Jewish markets in the ghetto had a nice selection of matzo including the one pictured from France that is made with wine and orange. We did not by it since it was extremely heavy and cost twice as much as a box of Aviv matzo from Israel.
First course at Passover this year consisted of carciofi guida or Jewish artichoke, a hard-boiled egg and an assortment of meat. This was a kosher meal so although the meat looked like it was not kosher - it was.
The pasta at Passover was risotto with tomatoes and meat. In Rome they do eat rice or pasta for Passover.
At the table at Osteria Al 16 a pig leg attacked the King each time he leaned back on his chair.
This was one dinner we had at Monti Arci. The picture shows penne al salmone (pasta with salmon), spigola (sea bass), cicoria riposada (chicory with hot pepers and garlic), roasted peppers and wine.
After dinner at Monti Arci they always give the women at the table a rose and they used to give out small chocolate ice cream goodies to everyone. Then they stopped the ice cream but gave out a biscotti cookie with some chocolate. This year they started to give out chocolate covered cherries.
The King sometimes takes the Queen to a not so fancy lunch stop.
Breakfast on our terrace every morning consists or cereal, rolls and fruit. This trip we were very lucky with the weather as we could eat outside almost every morning... and no that is not a bagel..it is just a sesame seed roll.
In the markets in Rome you can only get brown eggs and they are packaged in plastic containers.
Matza Brei: The king looks forward to making matza brei each year during Passover. In Rome he has discovered that if you make it with balsamic vinegar and some cheese with pepperoncino (hot peppers) it is very very good.
The perfect biking snack - a sports drink and a bar of Polish chocolate.
Our favorite gelato place is located a short walk from our apartment. It is never very busy and we wonder each time whether it will be in business on our next trip.
The King and Queen did a weekend trip to Parma. When we stopped for lunch we decided to have a little snack. We ordered a sandwich and this is what came.