I loved the foods I tried while I was in Rome. Some places on my wishlist were still closed for holidays the days I was in Rome. It wasn't possible for me to dine at Armando al Pantheon or Al Moro on this trip, since they were closed the two nights I hoped to visit. I also didn't get a chance to try Trattoria Cesare or Antico Arco, which I hope to try on a future trip.
The highlights for me were my lunch at Roscioli (beef-stuffed zucchini flowers, and a pasta with bottarga since I wasn't in the mood for their famous carbonara) , a dinner at Nonna Betta in the Ghetto (artichokes alla giudia, antipasto platter, fennel and orange salad, eggplant parmigiana- wish I could have tried more dishes), some gelato near the Vatican, and the Bonci and Pier Daniele Seu pizzas I tried at the Mercato Centrale. I would have also liked to have tried the suppli and fritto misto I saw at the Mercato Centrale.
One friend who I was travelling with loves L'Archetto, a down-to-earth spaghetteria on a side street near the Trevi Fountain. My Pasta alla Norma was tasty. At only 7 Euros, it was the most economical pasta I enjoyed during my 3 days in Rome, and a good deal in a very touristy part of Rome.
I had a chance to try pasta cacio e pepe and a pizza amatriciana.
I tried 5 gelato shops in Rome. My favourite was my first gelato stop, L'Arena del Gelato on Via di Porta Castello near the Vatican City https://m.facebook.com/LArena-Del-Gel... I tasted over a dozen flavours of gelato in Rome, and probably 2 dozen flavours over the 12 days I was in Italy. I usually try flavours that are new to me, as well as my current go-to flavors of mint, passionfruit and coffee. Some of the more unusual flavours were new to me included pear ginger, Sicilian cannoli and marrons glacé.
I also liked visiting some grocery stores while in Rome. I found some neat items at the PAM local near my hotel . I stopped at a couple smaller grocery stores as well as some chain grocery stores. (I'll check the names of the stores later) .
I was not used to the taste of the tap water in Rome, and it was amazing to see 1.5 litre bottles of still water were often less than 45 EU cents at grocery stores. It seems to the taralli in Italy are a lot tastier than most taralli imported to Canada. There's also a much larger selection of flavours of taralli in Rome and other parts of Italy. I was also impressed with the packs of cheese/ salami/prosciutto and crackers or breadsticks in the rrefrigerated sections at the grocery stores.
On my way back from the Galleria Borghese, I stopped at a place called I Siciliani, a Sicilian paticceria and cafe, which had some beautiful pastries and snacks. I had a caffe fredo. I hope I have a chance to try some Sicilian pastries on a future trip to Italy.
Thanks for all your help while I was planning my trip.