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.


Brenda’s particular desire!

Brenda, a guest of mine hosted in my Vatican’s place, arrived in Rome with a desiderio particolare, a particular desire. She wanted the pasta served not in a ordinary dish, but in a wheel of cheese, una forma di formaggio.

Sometimes I had seen such stuff, especially in typical restaurants, but I did not remember where. I normally do not eat too much carbohydrates and, hey, the pasta inside a cheese wheel is the “world championship of carbohydrates”!! 🙂 Doing research I found two restaurants that do this kind of preparation. If you have the same “perversion” as Brenda, mark these two names: “Trattoria da Danilo” and “Vecchia Roma”. Unfortunately for my guest both restaurants were closed for the holidays of August, so could not satiate her super hunger! Mannaggia! What a pity!

Kind of romantic things to do in Rome

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 sposare?

Make your amore (love) forever by letting a padlock on the pedestrian bridge in front of the Coliseum. And celebrate this moment with a selfie!


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!