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.
Farro Spaghetti with Shrimp and Lemon Zest
The nutty flavor of the farro spaghetti was in perfect balance with the succulent and lemony shrimp.
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!
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.