Infinito Sobbollire: Anticipating Rome
Ladies and gents, I’m in dire need of a vacation and, as luck would have it, that’s just what I’ll be doing at the end of this month. My last two trips to Europe, which took me to Hamburg and London, certainly left me with a few good food memories, but that’s going to pale in comparison after Mrs. TVFF and I head to Rome. She’s been there a few times (and studied for a summer during college), but it’s my first trip. We’ll be looking at tons of artwork, visiting important churches and ancient ruins and gorging ourselves on every type of food we can put our hands on.
Check out the rest…and help me find the best spots…after the jump.
4. Bucatini all’Amatriciana – Pork, tomato, cheese and some of the most fun-to-eat noodles you can find. This is one of the dishes I make at home pretty regularly, so I don’t usually order it in Italian restaurants when I go out, but it will be nice to see it done by the experts for a change.
3. Trippa alla Romana – My affection for offal has been stated here on ES.com before, so it should come as no surprise that I’m looking forward to a little stomach lining. And you tell me you’re going to simmer it in a rich tomato sauce, to boot? Hell yeah! This is the early favorite to become my latest cooking assignment when I get back home.
2. Pizza – I think there’s a decent chance that pizza will be my lunch-time choice pretty much every day that I’m there. Pizzerias are apparently as plentiful in Rome as push-cart hot dog stands are in Midtown Manhattan, so it’ll be tough to avoid it. While the margherita is one of the most common varieties, I’m really looking forward to one that features buffalo mozzarella. When we order it by the slice at lunch, it’s the perfect on-the-go snack to get us to our next destination.
1. Spaghetti alla Carbonara – Any of you who have checked out my bio on the About Us page could have guessed this one. It’s about a simple a dish as you can create: pasta tossed with guanciale — cured pork jowls that will make you give up your love of plain bacon forever — and topped with raw egg yolks, which coat the noodles and create a rich, delicious sauce. It’s spaghetti, breakfast-style. Hit it with plenty of black pepper and some Pecorino Romano and it’s the perfect blend of flavors. This stuff drives me insane when I eat it here…I can only imagine the life-altering experience that awaits me in Rome.
While I’m fairly certain that I can pretty much close my eyes and pick a good trattoria (making sure to avoid the tourist traps, naturally), I’d be happy to hear any suggestions from you folks if you have any don’t-miss-it!!! recommendations based on your time in Rome. Whether it’s a particular restaurant or a dish I absolutely must try, be sure to let me know in the comments. It goes without saying that I’ll be reporting back on the highlights when I get back home in March.
(Photo: Daniele Muscetta)