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Sunday lunch near the Vatican

Oh now, that's just cruel... you've got my curry glands going...

Oct 08, 2013
SpudJW in Italy

Sunday lunch near the Vatican

Yes, you're right, Sunday lunch should be Italian,although living in a curry no-man's land as I do the temptation is always strong. I think I shall go with my first option of Taverna Angelica, since I feel I should encourage places that offer something more for the vegetarian, even though that didn't work for me with the deeply disappointing Ditirambo. Maharajah next time round maybe.

Oct 07, 2013
SpudJW in Italy

Sunday lunch near the Vatican

An Italian Indian as good as almost anything in London would be something to savour. I'll check around the Monti area. I'm always content to settle for a pasta & soup at most Roman restaurants, but it would be nice to see restaurants experimenting with some proper veggie main courses to satisfy the ever-growing numbers of vegetarians here.It will happen eventually, I suppose. Places like Romeo look lovely but the menu is, inevitably, heavily slanted towards meat & fish and not much else.Prati's a new area for me hotel-wise, so it would be cool to find something interesting in the vicinity.

Oct 03, 2013
SpudJW in Italy

Sunday lunch near the Vatican

Thanks, JK. I see there's an Indian restaurant round near the Vatican station, which is tempting, since I haven't had a curry in yonks; but previous experience at Indians in Rome have been dreadfully sad affairs. Anyone ever tried it: the Kohinoor?

Oct 02, 2013
SpudJW in Italy

Sunday lunch near the Vatican

Logistics force me to Sunday lunch somewhere near St Peter's on my next trip... any suggestions? One vegetarian involved. My eye was caught by Taverna Angelica, a nice sounding menu with veggie options.

Oct 02, 2013
SpudJW in Italy

September Rome report (long and verbose)

I did try Ditrambo for Sunday lunch, and it's a nice enough wee place, but often the sound of the dishes is more interesting than the actual cooking. I had the Millefoglie di zucchini alla parmigiana, for example, but the zucchini were so smothered by the sauce that their presence was fairly moot. It would really need a far more delicate handling to work, or a stronger vegetable in there. Then I had the lasagna with black cabbage and pecorino, which was more of a success, with a better balance of flavours. Nothing remarkable though.
My wife’s crispy pastry with burratina di Putignano, dry tomato and fresh mint was delicious, mainly due to the wonderful taste of the mozzarella. Her second dish though, the home made tagliolini with shrimps and asparagus, she found a bit dull. The desserts were pleasant. It was an enjoyable enough lunch, but nothing to drag me back.

Nov 13, 2012
SpudJW in Italy

Romantic weekend in Rome with delicious food. Where?

Agree for Pierluigi, agree for Caffe della Pace - though even there the price of a couple of aperitivos had my heart racing! But romance in Rome needn't come expensive - I had a pizza with the wife just down the road from Santa Maria there, sitting out on a beautiful spring evening, and nothing seemed to be lacking. The food is fine at Armando's but it's never struck me as particularly romantic. You never know, sometimes - after faithfully following a (very expensive) list of eating suggestions for Paris on my last trip, in the end it was the small bistro we fell exhausted into by chance on our last day that remains in our hearts.

Nov 06, 2012
SpudJW in Italy

A great chick pea and chestnut soup can be found...

My first taste of this divine dish was in fact in Viterbo, at the Three Kings, though I see folk are getting a bit sniffy about this place these days. I'll check out Grottaferrata on the map... Thank you!!

Nov 01, 2012
SpudJW in Italy

A great chick pea and chestnut soup can be found...

...where, in Central Italy, between, say, Rome and Ancona? Or even further afield if it's reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally good...

Oct 30, 2012
SpudJW in Italy

September Rome report (long and verbose)

What a fun read. Ditirambo sounds a good choice for a veggie like me, so I'll give it a try next visit. Pierluigi does tend to inspire romance - the young couple next to us last time were almost on, rather than at, their table. Well, it was a warm Spring evening...

Oct 24, 2012
SpudJW in Italy