In my quest to find the best cannoli in Rome I was told about this bakery on the other side of the Vatican. I went there one day last year while the Queen was working. This year I took her to Pasticceria Svizzera and she admitted it was quite good.
One of our favorite pizza places which closed two years ago has reopened. The young lady behind the counter claimed that they had never closed but I have pictures.
We went to Cadorna last night and we make reservations under the name Lorenzo all the time. Brenan got me this shirt with my Italian name on it (Lorenzo Picante) and I wore it. The owner and the waiters all laughed when they saw it... So far a big hit at first restaurant. I plan on wearing it to all those where we have been before.. Dinner was eggplant parmesan, cicoria – spicy and spicy pasta with tomatoes.
Last year when we had dinner with Sandra and Yence another of their colleagues joined us. We asked him to recommend some restaurants in the San Lorenzo neighborhood. San Lorenzo is close to La Sapienza, one of the Rome universities and the neighborhood is crowded with students and cheap good restaurants. We got there on the early side when it opened. They do not take reservations and we saw that we were lucky that we got there early since it got crowded as we finished. The king had a tune steak which was served on a bed of zucchini with some crushed pistachios on top. The Queen had a cheese and fennel plate and breaded sardines. The house wine was fine and the cicoria ripassata was just as we like it crisp and spicy. We went back there with Italian friends on this stay and they liked it also.
Cul de Sac
Located right near Piazza Navonna this small wine bar is very popular both because of its location and its food. We have been here several times but we always order the same thing – small cheese plates, appetizers and wine.
This is our friend Yence wearing Hynda’s hat. Above you can see the nets that are used for patron’s clothing and to catch bottles of wine they may drop when they reach up for them.
One night wandering around San Lorenzo we saw a restaurant called L’economica Pizza. This was obviously a student hangout but the name translates to ‘cheap’ pizza.
Ghetto New Bakery
The Jewish Ghetto has seen an influx of new stores and restaurants. This is one that has just opened right next to the old bakery – a Kosher cake store.