Four days in Roma. We drank, walked, ate, laughed – nothing could have made it better. We stayed at Hotel Lunetta, which I highly recommend due to the neighboring market place Campo de’Fiori and the accessibility of every sight you would want to see in Rome. What I love most about the city (aside from the best pizza and pasta I’ve ever had) is the awkward yet seamless coexistence of both peaceful ancient ruins and bustling metropolitan activity. I noticed this reflected in the people of Rome. They seem to enjoy every moment effortlessly, free of pressure and time, as they sip an espresso or relax on the steps of a piazza.
Campo de’Fiori is a must. Fresh produce, canned sauces, every pasta imaginable, cafes surrounding the market, and most importantly, there is a little place called the Forno Campo de’Fiori, and they make fresh pizza (thicker, a little more like focaccia) every day. They are known as the best maker of pizza bianca, a white pizza with crusty fresh dough, brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. They also have a wide selection of other pizzas, like the zucchini flower pizza in the picture below.
Baffetto 2 is a pizzeria that serves the best pizza I have ever had. Crisped and burnt just the right amount, the pizza had layers of thinly spread toppings including pomodoro, mozzarella, and prosciutto. We also tried the Roman specialty, cacio e pepe, a simple pasta with cheese and pepper.
We each had our most memorable dishes at this restaurant – La Pollarola. I cannot stop thinking about the fettucine ai funghi porcini and for my husband, it was the spaghetti alla carbonara. The homemade pasta and sauces were so simple yet full of flavor.
You can’t leave Rome without trying their gelato. And if you do go, go for one of the best. Il Gelato Di San Crispino is a very popular one there. I tried the Hazelnut Meringue Ice-Cream. It tasted like heaven. It’s unlike any gelato I have ever had, the meringue flavors were fluffy and creamy like a frozen marshmallow. My hubby opted for the more traditional pistachio gelato and he said it was the best (out of 4 gelateria in Rome and 2 gelateria in Bologna).