Rome for a Day!


Rome is full of contradictions. It’s chaotic and beautiful all at the same time.  And so began my gastronomical journey for some good eats. The adventure began in Piazza Spagna and ended in Salario.

About a ten minute walk from Piazza Spagna one will find the Pantheon. And footsteps away from the Pantheon in Via della Rosetta one will find La Rosetta, the first full service seafood restaurant in the heart of Italy’s capital since 1966. Massimo Riccioli, restaurant owner and chef, learned the art of la cucina marinara or seafood, from his parents Carmelo Riccioli and Romana Coltella. “A great kitchen does not exist without great ingredients,” and one can see clearly the amount of attention to every detail that is given to each element in this kitchen. In addition to their fabulous seafood menu, they also have their own pastry shop on the premises.

Lunch menu:

Farro Spaghetti with Shrimp and Lemon Zest

The nutty flavor of the farro spaghetti was in perfect balance with the succulent and lemony shrimp.

Fig Tatin with Pistachio Ice creamWhere caramelized figs rest gently atop a sweet, buttery pie crust…and enjoy the company of a house-made pistachio ice cream.

Later on, I explored Salario, a neighborhood in the north central part of Rome. Salario in Italian means salary. With that said, my sweet tooth led me to Dolce on Via Savoia 54. Upon first glance I could see a French influence in the presentation of the shop, where cup cake holders and sugar-coated cookies in a variety of shapes and colors dangled effortlessly from the ceiling.

There were the assortment of savory quick breads such as: rughetta e pancetta (arugula and Italian bacon) and Camembert e noci (Camembert cheese with walnuts).

Then there were the assortment of sweet quick breads such as: prugne e canella (prune and cinnamon) and limone e curcuma (lemon and turmeric)**my favorite!

Top: Prune and cinnamon cake followed by lemon turmeric. Then blueberry buckwheat muffin on left, chocolate chip muffin on right.

I happen to love buckwheat, so when I found their blueberry buckwheat muffins I just had to give them a try. The dark taste of the buckwheat was well-balanced with the blueberry conserve. These sweet delicacies turned out to be the makings of a perfect breakfast for the following day.

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About Rachel Steckler

Culinarian, Slow Food Advocate and Jazz composer...living in Brooklyn
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One Response to Rome for a Day!

  1. Can you find that italian recepy of prugne& carnella or lemon& turmeric quickbread…..I think your readers…..including me,……would appreciate it very much…..especially after reading those mouthwatering descriptions of yours!!’
    Love your posts, always!
    Cordelia
    PS: Check out my new jewelry website: Pearls, Gems,silver & goldplated chains and antique watchfaces!!…..at ” creationcordelia.com”!

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