Ah, the pleasure of waking up and knowing that you’re in Rome!

For breakfast, we went to a very cute orange juice cafe we saw the night before in Piazza Santa Maria (in Trastevere). I tried to go the night before but when we saw it we were going to go eat dinner, then go back, but by then they were closed. I know, fascinating!

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Orange juice with a glass of ice separately, lemon gelato, and a cheese and tomato panini.

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I am apparently still sleepy.

I am apparently still sleepy.

After all that juice, I naturally had to do an act of nature. I went inside the cafe to use their restroom, which was next to the bar. The bartender shouted “no no no nono!” as I reached for the door handle. He smiled and said “someone in there.” So I waited my turn. When I went in, I discovered that there was no lock on the door. And while I was in there, I heard the bartender say twice “nono no no no!” It was very funny.

Then we went to the Pantheon, which was more amazing than I thought it would be / can describe. While we were in Rome, there was some sort of pollen that was visibly floating in the air. They looked like tiny cotton balls floating in the air. Since the Pantheon is open air, the pollen could be seen near the oculus, looking like little fairies floating about.

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Aaron unaware that he was being photographed.

Still unaware and jetlagged

Still unaware and jet lagged

Now for more interesting pictures:

A cool fresco we saw

A cool fresco we saw

Aaron's opinion of the fresco.

Aaron's opinion of the fresco.

Heehee.

After the Pantheon, we walked around for about 45 minutes trying to find a restaurant I had mapped out. 40 minutes into it I wanted to give up and try a cute restaurant we had seen while we were trying to find the original restaurant. Aaron was determined to find the original restaurant, but after we saw it, we decided to eat at the cute little restaurant we had seen earlier:

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A sweet, light, and smooth chardonnay

A sweet, light, and smooth chardonnay

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I liked it.

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The weather was perfect as we sat in the little alley way. Just absolutely perfect. One of the best meals I’ve ever had, but not just because of the food.

Aaron had a plate of various cured meats: boar (surprisingly fatty, YOM), deer, and pork.

Aaron had a plate of various cured meats: boar (surprisingly fatty, YOM), deer, and pork.

I had the seafood linguini.

I had the seafood linguini.

The linguini here was NOT cooked al dente. Therefore, authentic! Also, they gave us complimentary limoncello for dessert! We had limoncello at Nana’s earlier, and were unable to drink it because it was so strong. Limoncello here was served with ice, which made it much easier to drink.

That day was warmer than usual, and so we went to rest in the hotel until it cooled down. Then it was dinner time!!

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We got a bit lost looking for this restaurant because the GPS only recognized the street name, not the address. As we were walking, we saw an older gentleman who reminded me of the professor at Rice I used to work for, walking around with the same Gourmet book. My thought was to follow him, Aaron’s thought was to out run him so that we could get a table before he does. Hmm. We saw a restaurant that fit the description, and sure enough, the gentleman was already sitting down with the book before him. Aaron said “is this the restaurant?” not having seen the man and I said “Yup! This is it.” He said “Are you sure??” and I said “100%.” Then he saw the guy and we both laughed! Near the end of the meal, the man knocked over his half bottle of wine, but he didn’t seem to mind, and proceeded to drink the rest of the unspilled bottle.

Here is the restaurant information:

Ne Arte Ne Parte (in the Gourmet book, the name of the restaurant was La Luna Piena. I guess they changed their name because the address is the same. The review in the book still fits the restaurant so I think it is just a name change).

Via Luca della Robbia 15/17

06 5750279

This lively restaurant uses excellent fresh produce from the Testaccio market just across the street. The soups, pastas, and vegetable dishes are all excellent, the pollo alla romana (chicken with onions, tomatoes, and peppers) is delectable, and the coda alla vaccinara (oxtail braised with celery) is superb.

We were very thirsty.

We were very thirsty.

A delicious bottle of wine

A delicious bottle of wine recommended again by our waiter. I found that in Italy, it was generally a good idea to take suggestions on wine by waiters. After all that have probably drank enough of it to know! Unless, of course, your waiter was an absolute idiot (albeit a nice idiot). More on that later.

Pasta de nete parte, their specialty. The waitor recommended it to us. I was skeptical because it didn't have any meat in it (let's call a spade a spade) but he assured us it was delicious. Sure enough, it was probably the best pasta dish I had in Italy. It was a simple dish of thinly sliced zucchini, some kind of smoked cheese, and halved cherry tomatos. DELICIOUS!

Pasta de Ne Arte Ne Parte, their specialty. The waiter recommended it to us. I was skeptical because it didn't have any meat in it but he assured us it was delicious. Sure enough, it was probably the best pasta dish I had in Italy. It was a simple dish of thinly sliced zucchini, some kind of smoked cheese, and halved cherry tomatoes. DELICIOUS!

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I got the oxtail braised in tomato sauce and celery. Highly recommended.

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Aaron got the Osso Buco, which was not as good but did have some bone marrow.

As you may have noticed, our limited budget for the trip quickly turned from spending money on going to museums and historic centers to spending it on food and drinks. I can’t help it, I love food more than I love art!

Done!

Done!

A happy and full boy

A happy and full boy

We got bored waiting for the check:

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Good night!

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