Saturday, June 19, 2010

Europe 2010: Rome

Posted by Katie

In Rome, with no Rick Steves or friendly tour guide to make suggestions, we were faced with lunch on our own. We made a rule after a bad experience in Barcelona that we could not just stop at the first restaurant we found, that we needed to shop around a bit before deciding where to eat. This rule may sound easy to follow, but when you're hungry, ok when I'm hungry, I can be a little hard to reason with.

Luckily, Nick stood his ground and after wandering the streets just across the river from Vatican City, we finally decided on a little place packed with locals that can only be described as a convenience store/pizzeria. I know, sounds a bit off-putting but the pizza looked amazing...

...and tasted amazing too, despite the fact that it was heated up in a microwave circa 1972. Upon being warmed up, each huge piece was folded up and wrapped in wax paper, for easy on-the-go eating.

My piece was topped colorful roasted peppers (called peperoni in Italy) and Nick's had tasty bits of sausage with peppers and onions. We enjoyed our pizza on a park bench in the company of some very persistent pigeons.

Of course, we also had to indulge in some gelato during our stop in Rome. Check out Nick's great multitasking skills:

That time, Nick tried amarena, sweet cream gelato with candied sour cherries, and I went with frutti di bosco, a mix of "fruits of the forest" like blackberries and blueberries. Very refreshing.

Next up: Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii