When In Rome…

eating-rome

UPDATE: Well, what can I say? I loved reading all of your comments, all the things you love about Rome. I love the same things ~ the fountains, the gelato, the little restaurants tucked away on side streets. I also love the parks ~ Villa Borghese, Villa Ada (near where my aunts used to live). Such oases in the middle of the city. I hope we all have a chance to get back there soon. Thank you for participating. Our randomly chosen winner is Marsha! Congratulations!

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If travel to Rome is on your itinerary this summer, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Elizabeth Minchilli’s new book.

Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City is not a guidebook in the conventional sense; instead, it’s a highly personal account, part memoir, part love letter (to the city and its food, and to her husband, Domenico), part observation and commentary on Roman (and tourist) etiquette.

Don’t worry; there are plenty of lists and insider tips on where to get the best gelato and the best pizza. But the book also pays homage to other quintessentially Roman foods, from artichokes to zucchini romanesco, with a good bit of attention paid to offal, which the author unabashedly loves. The chapters cover topics from how to shop in the markets of Rome to eating in trattorie, from which foods you may or may not eat on the street to the true definition of the Italian aperitivo. Recipes are sprinkled throughout, along with “When in Rome” rules. And it’s funny. Here is Minchilli on regional coffee rules:

“In Rome, true Romans drink their coffee out of a small glass, not a ceramic cup. Why? Something about the temperature (it either cools off faster or slower; not sure which). But my husband, who is not from Rome, wouldn’t be caught dead drinking his coffee out of a glass. Why? It’s too Roman. Go figure.”

Minchilli is the author of six previous books on Italian subjects and the blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome. Although not Italian by birth (she married into an Italian family) she first fell in love with the country when her parents rather suddenly moved the family to Rome in the 1970s. She returned as a graduate student and more or less never left.

I asked Minchilli a few questions via email about her new book and life in Rome:

DM: This is much more than just a guide book. It’s a bit memoir, a bit love letter, a commentary on Roman life. Is this the book you started out to write, or did it change as you were researching and writing it?

EM: It changed a million ways in the course of writing it. I thank my editor, Michael Flamini, for having the brilliant idea of organizing the book into loosely gathered themes around food. This allowed me a lot of freedom to tell my stories in different ways.

DM: I really like the way the book is organized. It’s unconventional and yet, it makes total sense (especially to someone who has spent time in Rome). Can you tell us about how you came up with the various chapters?

EM: The chapters really sprang to life from different stories that were my own. Once I started writing my blog, these stories would come out, often prompted by cooking a specific dish, shopping for a specific ingredient or going to a favorite restaurant.

DM: You devote an entire chapter to the carciofo. Artichokes grow all over Italy, but they are mostly associated with Rome, where they are revered. Can you explain the Roman devotion to artichokes?

EM: Of course a lot of it has to to with taste. The artichoke is a very green/vegetably kind of taste that Romans love. Then there is also the fact that the season is so brief, which makes anything more attractive I think.

DM: How has Rome changed for the better since you first moved there? For the worse?

EM: For the better: there is a younger generation that is finally realizing what they have and making not only the most of it, but trying to invent something new. So you have places like Aromaticus, Mazzo and Litro looking at traditional ingredients and reinventing the entire idea of the formal restaurant or trattoria. The worse: so many of the small scale shops are disappearing. I know nothing stays the same, and we must move forward, but it is just so sad to see butchers, vegetable shops and other food vendors completely dissapear.

DM: What is the best method of transportation to get around they city, especially if you want to check out some of the more far-flung restaurants or food shops in your book?

EM: Rome is not really that big, and I am a big fan of walking. There are not really so many far-flung places in my book, but the few that there are are easily reached by bus or taxi.

DM: Which one neighborhood (other than Trastevere) should visitors explore beyond Rome’s historic center?

EM: Testaccio!

DM: What is the biggest misconception that visitors have about Rome?

EM: That it is big and confusing. Rome is actually quite small, and each area is a manageable neighborhood unto itself.

DM: What Roman dish would you recommend people try that they might not have heard of?

EM: Everyone goes right for the Carbonara. But before you dive into that one, try Alla Gricia, which is like Carbonara but without the egg. Or, if you prefer, Cacio e Pepe with guanciale. Either way its great and often overlooked.

DM: Are there any neighborhoods in the city that you have yet to explore or would like to get to know better?

EM: I have a feeling I should know Prati better than I do.

DM: What are you making for dinner tonight?

EM: My daughter Sophie just came back from a week in NYC, so she has specifically asked that I make a lot of vegetables. I can’t tell you what yet, since it all depends on what I find in the market. As always.

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I’m giving away a copy of Eating Rome: Living the Good Life In the Eternal City. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me something you love about Rome; or, if you’ve never been, why you would like to go. Deadline for entering is midnight Wednesday, May 6. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Giveaway applies to U.S. and Canadian residents only ~ sorry global friends; books are too expensive to mail!)

My plans to make one of Minchilli’s artichoke recipes was foiled when I couldn’t find good artichokes (this being Virginia). But I did have a pound of green beans on hand, so I made her Green Beans with Mortadella Salad, which I served with roast chicken.

Makes 4-5 servings

Green Beans with Mortadella Salad

This simple salad, from Elizabeth Minchilli's book "Eating Rome: Living the Good Life In the Eternal City," packs a lot of flavor, thanks to chopped tarragon, a good dose of citrus and the addition of diced mortadella. Here's what Minchilli says about it: "The trick to this dish is to prepare all the ingredients in the serving bowl while the beans are cooking. You want to add the beans to the dressing while they are still piping hot, so that they sort of cook the shallots and garlic, and coax the fat nodules out of the mortadella."

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans, cleaned
  • 1/2 cup diced mortadella
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • Zest of 1 lemon, peeled with a potato peeler and finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 small orange, peeled with a potato peeler and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted almonds

Instructions

Steam the green beans until tender. Meanwhile, place the mortadella, shallot, garlic, olive oil, tarragon, chopped citrus zests, and citrus juices in a large bowl and stir to mix well.

When the beans are tender, drain them and then add them, still steaming hot, to the mixture in the bowl. Toss well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Let cool, toss again, and top with the almonds. Serve at room temperature.

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87 Responses to When In Rome…

  1. Lisa Frisicano April 30, 2015 at 7:46 am #

    I was in Rome 3 years ago with my husband and kids and are fortunate to be taking the trip again this summer with my Dad and children. One favorite memory was of walking back to our hotel and catching sight of a woman on her Vespa, driving with one hand, while using the other hand to “talk” as she chatted away on her blue tooth. So I love the necessity of using hands for conversation. I also love the easily accessible water fountains located everywhere!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:38 am #

      I love the image of the woman talking and driving on her Vespa. Thanks Lisa.

  2. barbara miller biancone April 30, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    Ah… so much to choose from. I don’t speak Italian, but loved being around everyone who does. It didn’t matter that I didn’t understand what people were saying. One wonderful memory is the attempts to cross a street. What a joy to watch people on their scooters pull up to the front of the lanes. They would all take off at once when the light changed. My husband would say ” let the race begin!” Another fond memory is sitting on the set outside of the Pantheon eating a prosciuotto, mozzarella, and tomato focaccia sandwich. It was heaven and even better when topped off with my pistachio gelato!

  3. barbara miller biancone April 30, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    my comment above should have been “step” not set!!

  4. Doug McLellan April 30, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    My coin in the Trevi worked. Returning in September, and looking forward to using this book as a guide.

  5. Sharon Columpsi April 30, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    I visited Italy and Rome for the first and only time after my wedding many many years ago. I would love to return but not sure that will happen. Therefore, I always feel like I am on a mini vacation as I live the experience, sights, tastes, smells through the stories of those who are fortunate to travel to such interesting places and make one feel as though you are right there with them. I would LOVE to receive a copy of this interesting book.

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      I do hope you get back there Sharon. I’m sure the city has changed, and yet I’m sure it is still the same!

  6. "Deja Vu" Cook April 30, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    As a F/A for TWA for over twenty years Rome was my backyard. Of course I have my own special places in Rome but love everything Elizabeth Minchilli shares. This green bean salad is a favorite.

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:44 am #

      How great that you got to spend a lot of time in Rome. No matter how many times I go, there is always something new (or old) to discover. And yes, we love the green bean salad, too.

  7. Sara April 30, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    I love Rome as it was our honeymoon destination 8 years ago and my husband and I reminisce almost every few days for the last 8 years.. We loved our stops in bars for a coffee and a treat, the Campo di Fiori, and this amazing little trattoria behind the Piazza Navona with wonderful mussels I can still taste in my mind.. Who would love Rome forever?

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:44 am #

      I adore mussels. Any chance you remember the name of that trattoria Sara?

  8. Caroline Chirichella April 30, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    Ahhh, picking just one reason why you love Rome is liking picking your favorite child! But for me, one of the amazing things about Rome is that you can literally just be wandering somewhere, no directions or anything, and come across something beautiful and stunning. Whether it’s a church you’ve never seen or a fountain, there is always beauty to be found at every corner you turn in Rome.

  9. toni April 30, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    Rome is simply amazing. So much to see, so many nice people and such great food. Life is always interesting in Rome. We loved it when we visited.

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:45 am #

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it Toni. It is a city full of life, isn’t it…

  10. Janice Fiori April 30, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    Seeing Italy is my dream. Some of my husband’s family is there. I want to meet the rest of them. See the beautiful sites and immerse myself in the culture and food. It would be a wonderful and memorable experience. Thank you for the contest!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:46 am #

      Janice, I hope you get there. I know you will love it, especially if you and your husband have family there. The people are wonderful.

  11. Karen M April 30, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    My husband and I were just in Rome in February. Loved everything about it, especially the food!! have to admit, I loved the open market the best, all the fruits and veggies you could taste and buy. We were amazed that you could just walk and come across the most beautiful churches and that history was around each corner!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      I love popping into some of the lesser-known churches. They are usually mostly empty and filled with treasures.

  12. Irene Moore April 30, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    Tried to enter giveaway contest for Eating Rome. I am a big fan of Elizabeth’s. I keep getting referred back to home page.

    • Domenica Marchetti April 30, 2015 at 9:10 am #

      Hi Irene, all you need to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment here in the comments section telling me something about Rome. Simple as that. Cheers and thanks for entering!

  13. Rosa Jeanne Mayland April 30, 2015 at 9:16 am #

    A great giveaway, interesting book and delicious looking salad!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  14. Sue Vogel April 30, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    Rome is magical! I was fortunate to take my daughter there for her 16th birthday, and she caught the travel bug and love for Italian food for sure!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:49 am #

      I took my daughter for her 16th, too, Sue. She loved it. It’s a gift our girls will always remember.

  15. Becky Taylor April 30, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Went to Rome for my 50th 6 years ago.
    Returning this summer.
    I am looking forward to hearing the roar of the Trevi Fountain from around the corner! What a fabulous city.

  16. Don Clewell April 30, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    So many things to love about Rome but my wife and I especially enjoy exploring the many beautiful churches and cathedrals.

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:51 am #

      Wonderful, Don. One of my favorites is San Giovanni in Laterano. The mosaic floors alone are breathtaking!

  17. Nolo April 30, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    I was in Rome when I learned of my referral for my two daughters. Rome is even more special to me after that!

  18. Donna April 30, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    We’re returning for a whole month (November), looking forward to exploring and walking the neighborhoods. Minchilli’s book sounds inspirational!

  19. Susan April 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    What a delightful interview! My husband and I are going to Rome for the first time later this fall to celebrate our 20th anniversary. I’ll be buying a copy of Elizabeth’s book first. Grazie, Domenica!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      So glad you enjoyed the interview Susan. You will have a fabulous time. Buon viaggio and congrats on your 20th!

  20. Wendy April 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Best thing about my last visit to Rome was cinnamon gelato in a tiny shop in Trastevere. Wish I remembered what it was called! And, seriously, do artichokes just not grow in our area? I saw cardoons growing in Colonial Williamsburg and I thought they’re related.

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:56 am #

      They are related Wendy. I wish I could find cardoons around here…not to mention the artichokes. I wonder if they just don’t grow well in our area, or if farmers don’t grow them because the demand isn’t high…

  21. cristina April 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    I just ordered this book yesterday on Amz and looking forward to receiving it! Great and timely post, Domenica…thank you!

  22. Patty Fulton April 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    Hello Domenica…I am going to Rome in May- with my sister and my two girls (they are 19 and 21). The girls have never been to Rome, but my sister and I have with my Mom. This upcoming trip was to be the three generations traveling together- her gift to us-but unfortunately my Mother passed away unexpectedly on Easter Sunday this year (she was a spry 77 year old lady). Upon the urging of her friends- who encouraged us to still go- we will be taking the trip. We are going to Sulmona- where her family is from- and Rome. I am looking forward to sharing all of it with my girls. In Rome I look forward to taking pictures at the Trevi Fountain. For whatever reason- during my first trip to Rome- seeing that fountain at dusk was just surreal. I know my Mom will be with us in spirit- smiling down on us and sharing her heart with us via this trip. She loved her Italian heritage!

    • Paula Francese May 1, 2015 at 1:14 am #

      Enjoy every minute of your time in Sulmona, Patty. My husband and I had the wonderful experience of visiting Sulmona with Domenica on the AbruzzoPresto trip last year. We fell in love with Sulmona. I have a warm memory of shopping in the outdoor market with Domenica, buying ingredients that the group would take to a kitchen in a local hotel and prepare a most delicious meal. (As I write this, my husband and I have just arrived in Barcelona. We’re looking forward to another ‘foodie adventure’, Spanish style.)

      • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

        What fun we had Paula. You’ll be missed on the trip this year! Enjoy Barcelona. I’m sure you’re having a delicious time.

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 11:59 am #

      Oh Patty, I am so sorry to read about your Mom. But I am glad you are going on your trip ~ maybe you’re already on your way, as it’s now May. It will be bittersweet for sure, but I just know you will love it. And you will absolutely love Sulmona. An enchanting city, one of my favorites. I hope you and your daughters enjoy every moment.

  23. Antonella Lucente April 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    I adore the Jewish Ghetto. I could spend an entire day there, exploring, feeling the history and it has one of the best pizza shops!!!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

      Yes! I haven’t been to that pizza shop but will look for it on my next visit. Thank you Antonella.

  24. Diane Peak April 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    I was in Rome with my two daughters in 2012. Rome is magical. So much to see. Such an old city, yet so modern in so many ways. Went to the Vatican, the Jewish Ghetto. All the high end shops were right outside our hotel. What special memories we have!!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

      Sounds like you all had a wonderful time Diane. Thank you for reading and for your comment.

  25. Phyllis@Oracibo April 30, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    My husband and I have been to Rome on two occasions; first in 2010 for a week, which was extended to two due to the Icelandic volcano, then last spring for two weeks. We are returning in the fall for three weeks and can hardly wait. I am a retired private chef and have always been a sucker for Italian cooking. When visiting the markets that first trip we were completely blown away by the selection and quality of the veggies and believe it has made me an even better cook at home! Having a rental apartment with a kitchen allows me to play! Can it get any better??? Reading Elizabeth’s blog posts about what’s new or where to go for delicious food, then experiencing those places ourselves, how exciting is that? The ability to quite easily visit archaeological sites such as Ostia Antica, walk along the Appia Antica, see Roman ruins first hand is a dream come true for us two history crazed people. Or enjoying a glass of wine sitting outside, feeling so privileged that we are able to actually be in such an amazing city! We have planned to spend a day in Testaccio this time…can hardly wait!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      You are going to have a blast Phyllis. I like staying in places with a kitchen when I’m in Italy because I’m always so inspired to cook!

  26. lomaurice April 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    I am in love with Rome: the people, the food, did I say the food! I had the best lamb in Rome. Have not been able to find a recipe that is anything like it. Would love to win a copy of your lovely book!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Ah yes, the lamb. Another reason to love Rome. Thank you for your comment!

  27. Adele April 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    My husband has promised me a trip in the next 6 months to Italy to see where my family came from. Can not wait to see the sites in Rome and other cities on the agenda.
    Thanks Domenica

  28. Lynda Herman April 30, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    I have never been to Italy, but my husband and I plan to go next Spring for our 40th anniversary. We’re so excited about this trip and touring in Rome, and eating there! This book would be perfect !!!

  29. Mindy Fox April 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    Three little words: carciofi alla giudia! What an exciting book! Grazie!

  30. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way April 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    Oh my!! I would love to recapture all the magic of Rome. We were there for such a brief period and all it did was rain. I didn’t mind 🙂 we were in the Eternal City. I would love to have the book and be there with the author. Thank you for giving us the opportunity.

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      The first time we took our kids, in November of 2004, it rained a lot. They were little but they soldiered on, fueled by many cups of “cioccolata calda” ~ that thick, rich Italian hot chocolate. Any time in Rome is a good time. 🙂

  31. Gina Guanciale Whiteman April 30, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    What don’t I love about Roma or Italia for that matter!!! My first trip there in 2005 was with my daughter (who was 20 at the time) and my mom and dad!! My dad was born in the Abruzzo region southeast of Roma in a small medieval mountain town named Collelongo. During my first trip, I loved wandering the streets of Roma as my dad proudly shared his heritage with my daughter & me. He showed me all around the wonderful city, speaking his best in the little Italian he remembered from his childhood. It meant so much to him to be able to share this experience with us!! In 2008, my dad passed away. Then in 2010, my 2 brothers, my sister and I all returned to Roma. This time it was my turn to show the city off to my siblings. We have fond memories of having breakfast every morning at rooftop buffet at the top of Isa Hotel with our view of Basilica San Pietro.
    We feasted every morning on the sweetest fresh fruit, mozzarella balls, prosciutto, tortes, Nutella slathered on hard crusty bread, fresh squeezed orange juice (out of the neatest machine where we could watch the whole oranges be sliced and squeezed) and creamy cappuccinos!! What better way to fuel our bodies for each day’s trip around the Eternal City!! And of course, to keep us recharged as the day went on, we would have to make stops one or two times a day at gelaterias to sample the so many delicious refreshing varieties of gelato!! One of my personal goals on my last trip was to order dishes from restaurants with guanciale in them!! My maiden name is Guanciale and I just loved tasting each unique dish with this ingredient!! I was so excited to see that Elizabeth recommended trying out Cacio e Pepe with guanciale when you asked her what Roman dish she would suggest people try when in Roma!!!!!
    Each trip to Roma was followed by a week in Dad’s hometown of Collelongo!! And during each trip, I met so many more family members! My sister and I are returning to Italia this coming August. We are planning to travel all over the country this trip! But our last stop will be in Roma!! I will be scouring every menu for Cacio e Pepe with guanciale!!!!! Thanks Domenica and Elizabeth for the advice!!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      Gina, thank you for sharing your memories in such wonderful detail. I can just see and taste those breakfasts. Enjoy your time in August!

  32. Patti May 1, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    I tend to be a home body, maybe bc we have moved so often, but I have been accumulating Italian, Greek and Mediterranean cookbooks over the past several years and love the beautiful pictures of the countries and their food. I am an avid gardener and this year am growing many Italian seed varieties. We moved to TN a year ago and I was able to winter over a few artichoke plants. I am hoping this year to actually get a few chokes from them, though I have only cooked with frozen or canned in the past.

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      I’d love to know more about what you’re growing. I always intend to get more serious with my gardening but there never seems to be enough time. So many Italian vegetables I’d like to plant! Good luck with those artichokes.

  33. Frank Fariello May 2, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Recommended Elizabeth’s books to my niece, who’s there for job training, and she’s finding it very useful!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Good to hear. I’m bringing it with me for sure when I go back in July.

  34. Dani May 2, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I love this little hidden pizza al taglio place that is tucked around the corner from all the Trevi fountain. It is often packed with locals instead of tourists!

  35. Betty Ann Quirino @Mango_Queen May 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    How much space do you have here for my comment? If I tell you everything I loved about Rome when we visited recently, I will run out of space. So I will stick to the food. I just love everything I ate. I enjoyed the little restaurants in the side streets where everything was freshly cooked and the flavors were perfect. I loved how sweet the tomatoes were, as though they were made of sugar. I absolutely had to have gelato three times a day — pistachio was my favorite. I enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of everyone wherever we went. We even found Ristorante Quirino, a restaurant near the Trevi Fountain, which had the same last name as we did. I think this was my most favorite part of the travel experience. We walked in and I introduced myself to Signora Quirino and showed my passport as proof we had the same last name. Well, she hugged me like a long lost relative. They gave us the best table. Even if we had already ordered, the Signora kept sending other entrees, wine and dessert for us to enjoy, their gifts to welcome us. I can’t wait to go back to Rome soon. Thanks for this giveaway. I really hope I win this one. Would love a copy for my next trip. Thanks for the recipe, Domenica!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      I’m sorry you didn’t win the book, but thank you for sharing a great story, Betty Ann. What a special place.

  36. Sippitysup May 2, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    Why do you always give the travel bug? There’s something about Rome that has always appealed to me. I’ve only been once (and not long enough to get the hang of it) but to me it has that big,sprawling,spread out feeling (much like my home town of Los Angeles). I’m sure it’s filled with all sorts of unique and separate neighborhoods with their own personalities (just like LA). I wish I could explore them all. GREG

  37. Lisa Atcherley May 3, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    My husband and I will be married 10 years this November. Where did we get married?? Rome of course. Fortunately we get there a few times a year. I’m looking forward to the tennis tournament again in a few weeks and need to seek out some new restaurants! È la mia citâ preferita nel mondo!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      One year I’m going to get to that tennis tournament. I always watch it on TV (tennis channel addict here). Have a great time!

  38. Chiara May 3, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Roma è sempre incantevole, leggendo il tuo post e quello sul blog di Linda mi è venuta voglia di ritornare ! Buona settimana Domenica, un abbraccio !

  39. Carol Ann May 3, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    My family and I took a two week Perillo tour in October. Loved the Colosseum. Disappointed that the Trevi fountain was covered for renovations. I had coins ready for all of us but I guess I will save them for when we go back. I hope that will be soon!!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      The Colosseum! This is the first mention. Yes, so impressive (and foreboding). My kids loved it.

  40. paninigirl May 4, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Rome-what can I say? I love how there are layers and layers of history everywhere that you turn and of course the food!

  41. Barbara W May 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    The Pantheon. I love the Pantheon!

  42. Annette Rose-Shapiro May 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    I love the people! I was in Rome for the first time when I was in Italy visiting my cousins in Abruzzo. My cousin Clelio took us to lunch near the Vatican, and he mentioned to the waiter that he was a doctor and worked in a hospital in Avezzano. It turned out that the waiter’s sister worked there as a nurse, so we were now family, and he treated us to dessert, coffee and gave us chocolates for the ride home, after hugging and kissing us all! Eviva Roma!

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

      Love it. Great story, and so typical of what might happen in Rome (or anywhere in Italy). I had friends in Avezzano and once, years ago, saw Pino Daniele in concert there.

  43. Marsha May 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    the fountains at night and the tripe

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      Congrats Marsha! You are our randomly selected winner. I’ll email you. And thanks for mentioning tripe! So Roman.

  44. Sara P. May 7, 2015 at 2:45 am #

    I actually am going to Rome in a couple weeks! I am so excited. I have never been there before.

    • Domenica Marchetti May 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      I probably don’t need to tell you that you are going to love it Sara. Buon viaggio. Have a fabulous time!

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