our other favorite on this trip...la pancia felice. we stumbled upon this delightful place, slightly off the beaten path, while on our way to meet john paul for our tour. i must confess that i do not remember what D. had, but i do remember a lot of mmmmmm's... i fell madly in love with my pasta stuffed with spinach, ricotta & lemon zest...so much so that i gave the chef a big hug before we left!
one final place of note to us from our previous stays in roma...rinaldi al quirinale. this is the place to celebrate with a very special dinner. one of our friends who is a priest took us to this fantastic place on our last night in roma a few years ago. i cannot remember a particular favorite but what i do remember is a constant stream of dishes coming to the table, each better than the last. i also remember leaving the place so stuffed that i could not even have gelati that night~~ a true first for me!!
& speaking of gelati...i have not a single photo of the stuff. can you believe it?? truth of the matter is that when that stuff is in front of me, i am, quite frankly, too busy eating it~~ no, devouring it to even think about my camera! my favorite gelati in roma...this is where rick steves & i part ways a bit...gelateria della palma, located just 2 blocks from the pantheon.my most awesome flavor experience on this trip (& there were many!!) was cioccolato fondente & pompelmo roso (chocolate & red grapefruit). next time i will try to capture the gelato magic on film!
i cannot end my roman reminisces without a shout-out to our wonderful hosts on all our roman holidays thus far...residenza san pantaleo. we have stayed in both the residenza & one of the apartments they offer. both experiences were perfect for us~ a great value in terms of price & location.
& finally i leave you today with a bit of touristic wandering through the eternal city...il foro romano~ as my one son says...where the really old stuff is!fontana di trevi~ did you toss your euro to ensure a return trip??scala di spagna~ in all its springtime splendor.santa maria della vittoria~ bernini's st. theresa in ecstasysee you in firenze for my next travel installment...ciao!