We haven't written much about the food along our journey, or documented it much (I'm not much for food photography, sorry kids). But I assure you, we are enjoying it. From macaroons, champagne, bread and cheese in France to pizza, pasta, vino and gelato in Italy, we have skipped no opportunity. But today was simply exceptional in my opinion.
For lunch we found a small street side pizza place who served pizza by the slice. I've been telling Kristin about this type of pizza since the day we left home but we had yet to experience it and today was our day. They even had the potato and mozzarella (no red sauce) which is my favorite. Yum.
Then, through our walking adventure we made sure to head back over near the Trevi Fountain for the Gelateria we accidentally missed yesterday, walking by it with our far inferior gelato and deeply regretting our early purchase. We fixed that today, and had no regrets with the two flavor delight that we experienced. Wow. Giolitti Gelateria - if you're in Rome, go there. We might have to return tomorrow just to make sure it wasn't a fluke.
Finally, dinner. The hits just kept coming today. We stumbled upon a local spot just up the street from us. All the online reviews were in Italian and everyone sounded very complimentary of their food and service. Of course, we were there long before anyone else (why do they eat so late here?!) but that meant we had the place to ourselves. We sat down and they went to work on service... which can be a little scary when one of you is allergic to nuts and the other is a vegetarian. We asked to see a menu, which they gave us but didn't see much on the menu that would work for Kristin - yikes. We considered an exit plan but then the chef came to our table. I asked him what a vegetarian could eat and he described making a pasta dish with fresh veggies and tomatoes. Great! Also, not on the menu, interesting. So Kristin was set but I wasn't. I didn't quite know what to order so I gave up and asked him for a recommendation - he offered a house pasta and asked if I liked shrimp (Note: most of this was in Italian which was fun to brush off some of my language skills). I agreed but also couldn't find what he described on the menu, curious again. In the end, We may as well have skipped the menus all together because what we had, was most definitely tailor made and all around incredible. The wine appeared to be someone's homemade wine from a bottle with no label, dessert was yummy and overall service was great. They had one waiter that spoke a little English and between her English and my Italian, we did pretty well. On our way out two more tourists were just getting set. I had the chance to help with some translation and then basically just told them to have what I had and forget the menu. They agreed and we set off on our way, mischief managed.