Thursday, February 24, 2011

Last summer this Yumologist took a much needed vacation to Rome, a place where the soul, mind and body can heal through the delectable power of food.  I stayed in a beautiful bed & breakfast just outside Vatican City and spent most nights wandering about the cobblestones, sipping from Roman street fountains, in search of my next amazing meal.

I consider it a sin to consciously deprive your palate of the flavors Rome has to offer. Carb-free, sugar-free, caffeine-free and vegetarian diets need not apply when every storefront window beckons with gelato, prosciutto, mozzarella, pasta, pizza and the most deliciously satisfying cappuccino you've ever sipped.

Rome is indeed rich in culinary history which makes choosing a restaurant there either extremely difficult or very easy, depending on your mission. Thankfully, my mission lead me to discover the three restaurants listed below:

Vineria Il Chianti:
You can sit by the Trevi Fountain while you wait for your table at this quaint ristorante and vineria located in the heart of the city. The orrechiete caccio i pepe is a pasta dish that comes highly recommended, after a tall glass of their signature Chianti of course.

Ristorante Strega:
Take your tagliere di salumi misti in the dining room or enjoy an evening snack and glass of vino in the garden. You deserve it after a long night at the nearby Opera. If a heartier meal is in order then do yourself a favor and order the risotto!

Hosteria dell'Orso:
Built in the 14th century this is the oldest restaurant in Rome.  The 15th century dining room provides an impressive atmosphere in which to enjoy traditional Italian meals served with artistic flare. After you've finished your meal move on into the La Cabala piano bar and settle in for an evening of music and cocktails you'll never forget.

Have you got a favorite restaurant in Roma?

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