Saturday, May 28, 2016

A hearty lunch near the Colosseum

After a visit to San Stefano Rotondo on the Celian Hill, John and I went to lunch at Trattoria Luzzi near the Colosseum.
It's on Via San Giovanni di Laterano just across the street from the wonderful San Clemente church.
We were surprised to find such a treasure in this tourist hot-spot. Luckily we arrived just before the hungry crowds of locals and tourists began to line up.
We were pleased to see a wood-burning oven on the premises.
John likes to take pictures of staff at work. 
Including the kitchen where a wide variety of pastas and main dishes were being prepared.
Luzzi serves up unpretentious, delicious fare like my great insalate mista -- crispy mixed greens and tomatoes
or John's simple tomato salad. Like most Roman eateries Luzzi brings olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the table to allow diners to dress their own salads.
It is a rough and tumble pace with a great mix of diners, attentive, no-nonsense staff and big portions of grub.
The house wine is hearty and suits their rich, cheesy pizzas perfectly. The couple next to us shared a big dish of mixed seafood that smelled and looked yummy too.
We were utterly stuffed when we headed out into the street that looks onto the Colosseum. If you are not an 18-year-old boy you might want to share one of the main dishes.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Our Little Roman Market

John and I love to shop for groceries at a local family-run market in the Piazza delle Coppelle.
We consider it to be "our market".
It is run by the Giammatteo family. Front and centre is the gregarious Marco.
The market sells fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, olive oil and mozzarella cheese
and is always bustling with local shoppers. 
Let's meet the family -- starting with Marco's father 
 and his charming mother who always has fresh strawberries ready for us.
 Then there is his sister
and her husband. Everyone is always busy handling and preparing produce or attending to customers. 
We've been enjoying the sweet cherries
 and lush spinach
 and only wish we had the cooking facilities to deep-fry the zucchini blossoms.
 We enjoy the local lemons.
 Broccolini has been appearing in the menus of local restaurants.
 There are always tubs of clean water refreshing the veggies and herbs.
Signora Giammatteo letting a customer smell her fresh flowers.
Such a welcoming place to start the day! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Walking in Rome

Bill and I have been in Rome for three and a half weeks now.
 But we are not tired of Rome -- just the opposite.
 We walk down the streets and sigh with pleasure.
 Come for a walk with us...
 We'll show you why.