The main reason for planning a long week in Rome with my better half was to not only enjoy its rich culture & history but also to try the varieties in cuisines available which we had heard a lot about from our mutual friends. So I did a lot of research to be honest just about food and it did pay off well. When in Rome we ate like the Romans, cherishing every moment of it! 🙂
La Locanda del prosciutto – ham & wine bar
We both equally love ham and wine. So on our first day of course we wanted to kick off our trip with the best of both and this is where our research took us first. La Locanda del prosciutto is just a 1 minute walk from the station ( Piè di Marmo). It’s not a huge place, but if you are a ham lover this is the perfect place for you! We went just for the antipasti here which are served on a wooden board, with varieties of ham & cheese on it and it was till date the best we had ever had. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable and they even give you samples of cheese and ham to try before you order it. THIS IS THE HAM HEAVEN 🙂 !
In Rome our place of stay was near the Manzoni metro. One evening when tired after a lot of walking and with zero energy to go exploring for food much farther than were we were staying we ended up coming here and what to say we weren’t disappointed at all with what they had to offer . If you would like to experience a fine dining experience in Rome this is the place to be. For the starter we went for octopus (couldn’t resist trying it) which came dressed with sweet paprika, potatoes, & red onions. It was quiet different in it’s own way but at the same time delicious. Then for the main we went for a classic margarita and tonnarelli aka spaghetti alla chitarra which was dressed with pecorino cheese, black pepper & lime zest. Both simple and classic dishes but it makes you realise that food really has the power to make you the happiest person on the planet 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!
Pizza zizzi roma
A tiny place with limited seats but offering a wide range of extremely delicious pizzas is how I would rate Pizza Zizzi. For the first round we went for the ham, chicken, salmon, spinach combinations of pizza slices and the gnocchi. Then we finished it off, not with a dessert but instead with some focaccia and Genovese style suppli which is another Roman specialty. The focaccia was a simple one with fillings of some feta cheese and spinach and yes the combination does work out remarkably well. On the other hand, suppli was something we were both trying for the first time! A suppli is fried rice ball where the rice gets slow cooked with vegetables, spices and sometimes ham & then rolled into a ball and deep fried. And with everything that we ordered we were expecting to be charged quiet a descent sum of money but instead the bill amount was really less. Well what to say, the food here not only did it fill our tummies but our hearts as well 🙂 .
E Volpetti is a gourmet store offering varieties of cheese, meat, olive oils and balsamic oils. We came here with the hope to try and take back us to UK a bit of Rome 🙂 . You have their restaurant Volpetti Piu right next to it as well where the pizzas are known to be the 3rd best! Both worth a try.