18.07.2014 - 18.07.2014
Rome is quite the city. You can not go anywhere without seeing history and majestic buildings. The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, Circus Maximum and the Baths of Caracalla are all world renown and many people flock to Italy to see them. Unfortunately for us, this appears to be the season for repairs and each was concealed by scaffolding. Even the some of the rooms in the Vatican Museum were hidden by repair crews.
The best part of Rome is the Capuchin Crypts. Within these chambers the bones of the deceased monks had been arranged into mosaics and alcoves for the mummified bodies of other members of the order. No pictures are allowed but there are several on the web.
During the day we were in a hurry to see all of the sights, so we went with fast food. Pizza was the first on the list, a little pizzeria served small sized portions for a low price. I had a zucchini and ricotta that had a nice light flavour which was refreshing in the heat. They also had a baked bread with proscuitto and figs that were spread on top. This was a classic sweet and salty pairing that is usually served for breakfast.
We settled on the restuarant below our hostel for the convenience and were not disappointed with the food. The first dish we had was a ravioli filled with ricotta and served with a walnut sauce. Nut sauces are difficult to get a smooth consistency but this one got it right. Both the sauce and the ravioli was mellow and light in flavor. We followed it up with roasted pork and potatoes. Quite a difference in the heaviness but as we spent over an hour trying to find a restaurant we were famished. These were simply covered in olive oil, salt and rosemary and baked in the oven. Most pork and chicken outside the US is well done to eliminate potential health issues, which can often lead to overdone and chewy food. While this dish was cooked more than I like, it was not to far gone.
Another dinner was composed of a smoked cheese, similar to a salty mozzarella, that is grilled and topped with prosciutto and a Milanese chicken breast that is similar to the German snitzel we had in Bavaria with a lighter crust. For a pasta dish we had tender gnocchi with a tangy green tomato sauce.
Finally we had desert. Gelato again, although this time they filled the cone with chocolate sauce and a free topping of whipped cream. The issue was they only had signs in Italian and unlike other gelatorias, they covered their gelato so we couldn't point at what we wanted.