Notes on Rome
One night we were walking in the Piazza Pasquino when I spotted a chalkboard in front of a restaurant with the specials written in colored chalk. I could not believe my eyes–had I had too much Campari? I returned the next day and there it was written in bold letters: Chicken Pamagana and Spaghetti with Meatballs. I can just imagine American tourist seeing this chalkboard and saying, “at last, real Italian food just like our favorite Italian restaurant back home.”
F.LLI Ciccazzo Via Della Croce
We went here in the mornings for cappuccino and a ciambella and/or a cornetto. Do not sit outside but stand at the bar like the Romans. It is much more interesting and a caffe and cornetto costs only 2 Euros.
We did not have to leave for the airport until 9:30 so we stopped in Salumeria Focacci di Focacci, Via della Croce 43. And ordered two rosetta rolls filled with prosciutto di Parma to eat on the plane. The cost was only 3.94 Euros — a real bargain.
We like to go Café Ciampini in Pizza S. L. in Lucina, 29.
For cappuccino, gelato or a Campari and soda depending on the time of day. It is always interesting to sit outside in this busy piazza.
This Caffè is close to the parliament buildings, so politicians go there as well as the local police and the Carabinieri. The piazza is very charming. Sitting outside on a weekday morning there can be a lot of noise and confusion from delivery trucks.
The interior is very nice and it is not only a caffè/bar but also a restaurant with come interesting items. I really like their Margutta salad and had it both times I went there. In addition to the salad greens, there were fruits, nuts and cheese. Michele had the Timbale of Zucchine the first time and the Pizza Romana the second time. The pastry is also very good. The original Caffè is in Naples so they have a Neapolitan accent. Michele just had to order the sfogliatella.
The hotel Raphael and the Grand Hotel Minerva have roof top gardens where we often stopped for drinks. The drinks are expensive but the views are spectacular.