What’s the best thing about
…Or the Sistine Chapel?
Well, both places are breathtaking, but they’re not half as memorable as the food. I’ve always been a fan of the Italian cucina but sampling it in the nation’s capital,
, knocks spots off any Italian restaurant I’ve ever visited. Rome
|Meat stuffed pasta with a meat ragu|
|A splendid antipasti plate featuring those zucchini....and roasted peppers|
|Soup Verdura - a cacophony of color!|
During our three day visit we managed to cram in both lunches and dinner, followed by the ubiquitous gelato pit-stop.
* Zucchini with garlic and mint (an interesting combination to which I am now addicted. See next post for the genuine Roman version)
* Veal Saltimbocca
* Polpetti – meatballs served with pine nuts
* Grilled fish
* Caprese salad made with freshest mozzarella imaginable...
I was delighted by the simplicity of this food; the Italian kitchen relies on stunning ingredients rather than fancy tricks in the presentation. The food speaks for itself.
Now is the perfect time to attempt to reproduce these dishes; you can readily find top-notch late summer produce at Farmers Markets, roadside farm stalls and of course the produce merchants such as Iovine Bros at the Reading Terminal Market.