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Cloudy with a Chance of MEATBALLS. In Rome

in Eat out/Monti district

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.

 

SHOPPING where: reborn the RINASCENTE building

in Shopping

“A Roma non succede mai niente”, say the locals, when they complain that there is no news in the Eternal city. Hey! In two thousands of years something happened here or not? Question is that time in Rome rolls slowly. Maybe.
But in the last weeks something new has happened. Rinasce la Rinascente, reborn the Rinascente. Eight planes dedicated to fashion, body care, design, with the most popular italian and world brands. Just only the building is an attraction. In the underground was rediscovered the 2k years old aqueduct Aqua Virgo, that was inaugurated by the Emperor Augusto in the 16 AC and is still functioning, feeding the largest fountains in the center. To be seen. The aqueduct arcades were discovered during the renovation work. And this has delayed the closure of the restoring, which has lasted for 11 years.
On the top floor there is the restaurants area with stunning views. The interior design combines classic with the contemporary, the floors are joined by 16 escalators that can accommodate up to 90,000 people at the same time. Prices? It goes from one euro for a pen up to 15k  euros for a bag.
After your crazy shopping, are you hungry? Here are some places in the area that can give you satisfaction: Five things to do when you’re in Piazza Navona

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All crazy for the SALUMERIA. Five places to know in ROME

in Campo de' Fiori/Eat out/Piazza Navona/tips/Vatican City

All crazy about the Salumeria. Many of my guests ask me where they can go to lunch between hams, salami and cheese hanging on the ceiling. I tell you this: once pane e mortazza (the sandwich with the mortadella) was the fast and cheap meal of the worker who did not have lunch break. Today the Salumeria has become a gourmet place. The owners are millionaires and go around with the Ferrari! Save this five places.
Roscioli ristorante, near Campo de’ Fiori, is also a winery and an oyster bar. They serve salami, hand-cut ham, but also fish dishes. Here if you do not book, you will never sit down! Another place is La Salumeria, near Castel Sant’Angelo. They make the tagliere, a wooden boards with salami, ham, cheeses and more. Do not miss Erzinio, near Piazza Venezia, Volpetti in Campo Marzio and Franchi in Via Cola di Rienzo, near the Vatican city.

Have relax in the TERMAE. Two places in the ANCIENT town.

in Spa & Wellness/Trevi Fountain

The ancient romans were ahead with regard to body care. I Patrizi (the rich people) had relax at Termae (ancient spa), i poracci, the poor people, did the sauna, on the street, carrying stones! Two thousand years after nothing has changed, the spa is still a symbol of riccanza (opulence). If you are looking for relaxation and wellbeing in the places of the ancient romans, I would recommend two places. Try Aquamadre, just behind the imperial ruins, has very suggestive rooms, some Jacuzzi and a long range of facial and body treatments.
Something more oriental is Kamispa, just a short walk from the Trevi Fountain. Also here is the relaxation area and massage rooms.

Have party like a Russian. In Rome.

in Nightlife/tips

Facciamo serata means having party hard! Where? In Rome, like in other cities of the world, the trendy places are constantly changing. I can tell the list of the best club of the moment, that probably will change in the next season. If you want have “party like a Russian”, meaning enjoy the nightlife with unlimited budget, remember this suggestions. Raspoutin is near Piazza Del Popolo, in Palazzo Dama hotel. Learn this words: Si sboccia! In Italy (not only here) is a status symbol booking a table and ordering a bottle of Dom Perignon or a extra size of Belvedere Vodka. People look at you with admiration, the girls will be happy if you offer them a flut from your precious bottle. Hey, probably not telling you anything new!

Si sciabola! is the upgrade of Si sboccia. It means those who open the bottle with a saber. If you are one of those, welcome! And remember: Dom Perignon is for rich, Vedova (Veuve Cliquot) is for barboni (not rich enough). Now you are the king of the roman nightlife. But look: conquer your kingdom should cost even a thousand euro!

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So, I suggest this program: aperitivo at Hotel De Russie, drinking a Bloody Mary among businessmen and beautiful models. In alternative I suggest Zuma, on the roof of Fendi Palace (it is also a japanise restaurant). Then you can dine at Assunta Madre, where, tra calciatori e veline (between football players and tv stars), you can “watch and be watched”. The chef cooks excellent fish, but I do not think that people go there for the quality of food!

The restaurant is in Via Giulia. How to find it? Is simple, there are always one or two Ferrari parked in front! Sciallo (fun) never ends! Our night continues at ToyRoom, in Via Veneto, the street of Dolce Vita. ToyRoom is one of the most fashionable club in this season, there is a strict selection of customers, so I recommend booking a table.

Near VATICAN CITY, where drink and dine: 9 PLACES

in Eat out/Map/tips/Vatican/Vatican City

Near Vatican city there is a very cool neighborhood with trendy restaurants and bars. I’m talking about the quartiere Prati. This district is full of law offices. In the evening, young lowyers, when end up working, meet each other nearby to drink or dine.
I usually go to La Zanzara bistrot. But even the restaurants that are in via Properzio are at the same level: Calabascio, Il Sorpasso, Sogno autarchico. They serve the typical dishes of italian cuisine revisited in contemporary style. A little further forward there is Porto, specializing in fish dishes. I also recommend taking a look at Borgo Pio, a very characteristic street of ​​Rome, also full of bistrots and restaurants. I know this place very well because my University was right there. But if you want to see the neighborhood from above, go on the terrace of the Hotel Atlante Star at the aperitif time (7PM). The view over roman roofs is imperdibile, unmistakable!
Are you greedy? At Piazza Risorgimento I recommend two places. The first is Old Bridge ice cream parlor. You recognize it because there is always a long waiting line! Another place is Pompi, where someone says they make the better Tiramisu in the city. Try and let me know what you think about!

Avoid “sòle” in TRASTEVERE following this SEVEN tips

in Eat out/tips/Trastevere

If you ask me about Trastevere, I’ll tell you attenzione, look out! You must be furbo, smart, to avoid le sòle, the scum. The neighborhood is full of bars and restaurants, but not all are worthy of the Italian tradition. I just love some places, here’s the list.

Ti piange la tasca? Your wallet weeping? If you are looking for something economical and typical, choose Augusto a Trastevere, a basic trattoria loved for this characteristic. Do not expect to pay with your credit card! At the end of the meal, the owner comes and writes the bill sulla tovaglia di carta, on the paper tablecloth! Only accept cash.

If you like fusion cooking, I suggest you Coffee Pot, Jap-Mex restaurant, a very fashionable place loved by the locals. If you are looking for a cocktail bar, my tip is Freni e Frizioni, vintage ambience and good cocktails. Or Akbar and, only in summer, Terrazza San Pancrazio. In summer, if you go down to the river quay, there are plenty of places where drink or dine. There are also many on the Isola Tiberina, a small island in the middle of the river.

Discovering CAMPO DE’ FIORI with this 7 suggestions

in Campo de' Fiori/Eat out/tips

I lived in Campo de’ Fiori for four years. It is the typical neighborhood of the old town: small streets with Sampietrini (stone paved), ancient palaces owned by the ecclesiastical nobility, restaurants with outdoor tables set with tovaglie a quadri (checkered tablecloths). But in some cases, it is an artificial reality created just to attract tourists. So be careful to the sòle (cheats!).  Every day in Campo de’ Fiori square there is an open air market. You can buy fresh fruit, vegetable and spices. Not clothes (often are fake) or souvenir (too expensive). If you can say NO! to the buttadentro (promoters) of the square bars and restaurants, I suggest to move nearby for eating and drinking. In five minutes you’ll arrive at Salumeria Roscioli. Ham, salami, mozzarella, but also raw fish and ostiche. Good? Locals love this place. Very close there is the bakery Antico Forno Roscioli. Same surname, same owner. A piece of their hot pizza margherita is always a good idea for a morning or afternoon snack. It fights against the Forno of Campo de’ Fiori for who makes the best pizza in the district. I know who is the winner, but tell me you’re opinion about! Another street fooder is Supplizio. Here you can taste the Supplì, a sicilian rice ball cooked in several ways. Other sights nearby are Piazza Farnese (with Palazzo Farnese where is hosted the French Ambassy) and the bellissima Via Giulia. Aperitiviamo?! Funny way of locals to say: lets have a drink! Nearby I usually go at Barnum cafè, good cocktails made by a bartender with vintage moustache 🙂 At late night I have a secret to share with you. There is a small and hidden bar nearby, where can enter only people who know the password: The Jerry Thomas Project. I like the atmosphere and the cocktails they serve. Excellent vermouth distilled from themself and nice preparation. It is the only place where, after three Negroni, I’m still shiny! 🙂 Do you want to know the password?! Read also my tips about Monti, Piazza Navona, Vatican district and Trastevere.

 

 

 

FIVE things you have to do when you’re in PIAZZA NAVONA

in Eat out/Piazza Navona/tips

Piazza Navona in imperial ages was a stadium. Its baroque layout was commissioned by the Pamphili family. Take same pics with the famous Bernini fountains. Did it? Ok, lets go in via di Tor Millina, searching for Chiostro del Bramante. Here there are always belle mostre, nice exhibitions. Take a look to their dates here. Is it l’ora dell’aperitivo (time to drink)? A Campari Spritz (Campari, sparkling wine and soda) is always a good idea! My tip is Bar del Fico, where locals have aperitivo before dinner. Another place that I recommend is Salotto 42. I often go there in the afternoon for a cup of tea or in the evening for a Moscow mule. Now you are in Piazza di Pietra, for me one of the best place in Rome. Take a selfie with Adriano temple. Vuoi un caffè? Need an italian espresso? Walk towards Piazza del Pantheon (another pic, clic!). Behind the monument there is a small square, Piazza Sant’Eustachio, where you may found the homonym bar, Caffè Sant’Eustachio. Someone thinks that they make the best espresso in the town. For me is un po’ troppo dolce, sweet a little too much. Try it and then tell me your thoughts. If you ask me for a typical italian restaurant nearby, I answer Maccheroni. Good pasta and good prices. What else?! Finally, even if you are not interested politics, go through via del Plebiscito. There is Palazzo Grazioli, the house of mister Silvio Berlusconi. Look at the windows of the second floor: one of those is the bedroom where is located the famous lettone di Putin, the canopy bed given by russian president 🙂

 

Kind of ROMANTIC things to do when you’re in ROME

in Colosseum/Eat out/tips

Rome is a romantic city, with views able to excite even people with a cuore peloso (hard heart). This little guide is made for lovers, those with no money (i poracci) and those who have a high budget (i farciti). About first category: they don’t need money to enjoy the night view of the Trevi Fountain. Just have to throw a coin in the water making un desiderio, a wish.
In alterative, with 3,50 euros they may buy una birretta (a medium beer) and drink sitting on the stones of Monti square. And what about the tramonto (sunset) at Gianicolo hill? When the sun goes down they may limonare come se non ci fosse un domani (kiss each other all night long).
Have you got a credit card in your pocket? Ok, don’t be a pulciaro, be generous. Dine with your girlfriend at Crab. Raw fish and champagne, few steps out from Colosseum. Warning! Paying alla romana means share the bill. But do it only when you are with your friends. When you’re with a woman, do not be surprised if the waiter brings the bill to the man. He has to pay. It’s called cavalleria, gallantry.
Have you got a Platinum Visa in your pocket? Fortunello, lucky boy! You’re welcome at ristorante da Pierluigi. Tappeto rosso, red carpet for you! Book a table outside, in the elegant Piazza de Ricci, an open air lounge in the heart of Rome. Order raw fish and white wine. Ok, now is the right time to ask her to marry you: mi vuoi sposareMake your amore (love) forever by letting a padlock on the pedestrian bridge in front of the Coliseum. And celebrate this moment with a selfie!

 

 

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