There is a gelato war in our neighborhood. Gelato La Romana has now opened on Via XX Septembre around the corner from the apartment we rent. There are lines all day long and it is not very good.
Tropical Ice is located about three blocks from us and it is never crowded but the gelato is much better. Leonardo is the owner and he told us that the workers at Gelato La Romano come to him after they get off work to get their gelato.
The Queen had been reading in a book that the spring is the time when the Tuscans eat Fava beans with pecorino cheese. The book also mentioned that one Italian idiom (slang) word for penis is FAVA. We ate at Lampada the second night and the Queen was trying to explain to Salvatore about the slang word for penis and the next thing we know he brought us about 100 fava beans and a pound of pecorino.
..and speaking of cheese
This is the window of the Latticini (cheese store) around the corner from us.
We normally go to shop in the local supermarket on the first day in Rome. We were in luck - Pecorino Romano was on sale and a lot of it!!!!!
One of the new Asian restaurants that have started to appear in Rome. I thought it was funny that they translated Dim Sum to Fresh Ravioli.
Bagels in Rome
For the last ten years we have missed bagels when we were in Rome. Now we know of at least three places that in the last year have started to sell bagels. This is one place which is near Piazza Alesandra near our apartment that makes bagels for lunch. When I stopped in the bagels were still in the oven and I had to wait for them. They were awful.. well not awful but just not bagels. They were more like the soft pretzels they sell on the streets of New York.
The King and Queen love red peppers and they are big, juicy, firm and delicious here… just the way I like my peppers.
This is artichoke season and this is a display of three types are artichoke that they sell.
The First Night of Passover
We attended the first night of Passover in the Jewish Community Center in Trastevere. They ran out of seats at the ‘English speaking’ table so the rabbi put us at the head table. He sat us at the end next to the caterer who we knew. The only problem was that he spent the night running back and forth to the kitchen and we were pretty much on our own. The first course consisted of Jewish Style Artichokes, an egg, a tomato and dried meat.
The second course was a risotto with artichokes.
The desert was a strawberry sherbet, a cimbelini (cookie) and a turd. Actually, it was dried fruit, honey and matzah.
Hynda is holding something we found at the local market. Not sure what it is but we are calling it a white carrot.
The day after little Easter the Queen was able to buy a Panetone for one euro. Whatever has not been sold goes on sale at that time.