Pasta lovers? Four or five suggestions

Si fa presto a dire pasta, it is easy to say pasta. Boil the water, add salt and spaghetti. But it’s not so simple. Even the recipes that seem easier do need care and attention in the execution. In Rome there are restaurants that cook with passion and others who make it dog fuck, a cazzo di cane. I enjoy my time in the first category.

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I’m not a mangiaspaghetti, a pasta eater. Usually I eat past once a week because I follow a protein diet with few carbohydrates. But when I have to eat pasta, I chose well. There are several pasta fast food in Rome. Where you can eat there on the stool or take it away. Some are of superior quality. I like, for example, Pasta Chef,  42, Via Baccina, Monti district. They cook many types of pasta of Italian tradition. And all are well done. Prices are lower than a restaurant because, after all, it is a self service. You order and they give you a number. When it comes your turn they call you and give you the hot pot.

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Often, after the gym, I stop at Pasta Chef eating a salad. The Nizzarda is my favorite with tomato, boiled eggs, black olives and capers. A very similar place is PaStation, which is about to open in Piazza Campo Marzio, near the Pantheon. It already exists in Florence and is very successful.

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In Trastevere there is the Taverna Trilussa, 23 via del Politeamawhich is a landmark for those who want to eat pasta according to the Roman tradition. They serve it in the pan, non in the dish. Another column of the Roman tradition is Felice a Testaccio, 29, via di Mastro Giorgio, in the district of Testaccio. Attention, both places are always very crowded, you have to book a few days before.

Are you lazy? You should try our new service “Eat&Learn”, showcooking and home restaurant in your places. Ask for more informations.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. In Rome.

Raining meat balls. On Rome. In the Monti district opens the second polpetteria, a restaurant meat balls specialized, within a few months. Here the meatball is a poor food, our grandmothers cooked meatballs mixing the leftovers of the week. So they have become a typical element of Roman traditional cuisine. The meatballs are un classico, a classic. And even the meatballs pasta is a typical Sunday lunch dish in the winter. Polpetta Cucina & Miscelazione in 26, via dei Capocci, has a wide range of meatballs, from salty to sweet, accompanied by a glass of wine or a cocktail. The new one, Viveri Polpetteria (139, via Urbana), offers a easygoing formula, più sgarzolina, It’s open all day long, from breakfast to after dinner. Meatballs are served with drinks and dj set. Prices are low, as raw material is not expensive.

Better pasta? Read my suggestions about: Pasta lovers? Four or five suggestions. Are you searching for the best pizza in the ancient town? Eating pizza in Monti district: four ideas. Are you looking for salami and prosciutto? Check my tips All crazy for the Salumeria. Five places. Hungry for shopping?? Look this Reborn the Rinascente. Make shopping between roman ruins and rooftop with a view.

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Eating pizza in Monti district: four ideas

Flour, tomato, mozzarella, olive oil. It sounds easy, right? But make a good pizza isn’t a gioco da ragazzi, a joke. In the quartiere Monti (Monti district), there are some pizzerias where I usually go.  I suggest Trieste Pizza, an high quality franchising from Abruzzo (Center of Italy).

They cook a piccola pizza (small pizza) that you may eat in four bites. Saporita ed economica, tasty and cheap. A small Margherita (tomato and mozzarella) costs 2,20 euros. It’s okay for a mid-morning snack. O, in the night, for stopping la fame alcolica (alcoholic hunger), on friday and saturday the place is open until 2:45PM. But the place is small and you may wait half an hour to be served.

If you want to sit and relax after your sightseeing, better go somewhere else. Urbana 47 is molto alla moda, a fashionable restaurant loved by the locals. It was recently renovated, now has a vintage look. The owner changed also the menu’s concept. There’s a short list of dishes. If you are waiting for the classic italian food, here you will be deluso (disappointed). Better checking the pizza’s menu. Urbana 47’s pizzaioli cook pizzas in a traditional wood oven. You can feel the difference.

Another typical pizzeria based in Monti district is Alle Carrette. They are famous in Rome for their supplì (rice balls) and frittini in pastella (fried vegetable). Madre is the restaurant where you may pay 32 euro for a pizza! But the show is worth the ticket price 🙂  The estetica (aesthetics) for Italians is as important as the quality of food. Madre is the place where watch and be watched. Do not be surprised if the italian girls look at your bag and shoes. Lo fanno, they do it. Especially if the choice is not appropriate to the situation. Madre has a green lush secret garden (Image), where have dinner in every season, eating pizza, ceviche and drinking a cocktail. An experience to live if your credit card allows!

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Three places where have an italian breakfast near Colosseum

Kick-start your day with a typical italian breakfast before hitting the Colosseum early to avoid the crowds. I suggest some places. First of all Panella Bakery (54, Via Merulana), in San Giovanni district. Are about ten minutes walking from Monti district, but when you get to this place you know that it was worth the effort! A huge variety of dessert, cakes, croissants and typical italian pastries. I love their espresso. If you’re looking for something of special, try the espresso flavored pistachio or hazelnut.

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In Via Urbana there is a couple of good alternative. I usually have my espresso time (Illy branded) at Bar Monti, with their well-designed interior room. Take ten minutes of relax drinking coffee, eating a “cornetto” (typical italian pastrie) and connecting with their free Wifi. Kind of more sophisticated is Urbana 47. There you should choose from different “miscela” of coffee from South America. And also between an italian or international breakfast. 

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