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Pasta, Pizza and Pompi

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The Pantheon

We figured we had only a few hours before leaving for the airport, so we ate breakfast at 7am and headed out to the Piazza Navona.  We discovered that the Pantheon on the way, so after grabbing some coffee at the Tassa d'Oro, we stopped in to check it out.

Piazza Navona looked like a small town fair with a carrousel and carnival games. But not much was happening that early. There was a porchetta guy there, and we were tempted to buy some there to compare, but we had just had breakfast.   So we walked over the Tiber River to get a look at the Castel Sant'Angelo - which is like a fortress.


We took the metro back to the hotel, and discovered that I'm an idiot. The desk clerk was thoroughly confused why we were checking out. I thought it was January 6th, but it was the 5th--we had another day left in Rome.

Piazza Navona
Excellent! So we walked around the corner to look for a restaurant Morgan had found which was highly recommended on TripAdvisor. It was still too early for lunch (11:15am), so we took a walk to a local market and bought a few pieces of cheese and salami to hold us over, and then grabbed a cup of coffee at the bar next door until the restaurant opened.

The restaurant, Dar Bruttone, turned out to be an excellent choice. The ingredients are all local, in season, and fresh... the entreés are written on a large blackboard. The waiter was really friendly - he went back and forth between Italian and English (as did I). He said that I must have some Italian background in order to be able to speak it so well. (My Italian sucks, but I'll take the flattery.) We ordered the pasta with lentils, the fettucine with a red boar sauce, and the oxtail in tomato sauce (the latter two are very Roman cuisine).
Castel Sant'Angelo
All excellent. The waiter offered us some fantastic bruschetta, with a nice rub of garlic, fresh tomatoes and the perfect char, as "a gift". At the end of the meal, he also gave us a little nip of some herb-y liquor (tasted kinda like Jaegermeister to me, and Morgan doesn't drink, so we apologized for not drinking it). The prices were not bad either - 6-9 Euros for a plate of pasta, and 11-15 Euros for an entrées. They had some tiramisu on display that looked fantastic, but we were too full.

We went back to the hotel room and relaxed for awhile. We figured we deserved a quiet day since we've been walking our feet off since we arrived. Morgan was jonesing for tiramisu though, and our hotel clerk had said that there's a well-known dessert place called Pompi around the corner, and they're known for their tiramisu.
Oxtail with tomato sauce (yum)
So we decided to ruin our dinner and go get some. They had several flavors - Morgan got the pistachio one. I got an affogato with hazelnut ice cream. Delish.. The place looks like a huge ice cream parlor - and at 5pm, it was absolutely packed. The couple next to us looked to be about 16 years old, with their hands gripped around each other's arms, their empty ice cream dishes in the middle, holding on to each other like one of them was leaving for war.

The area around our hotel is perfectly safe, but there is a lot of grafitti. We keep seeing "Yogurt" grafitti'd everywhere and it cracks us up every time.  What grafitti crew would choose THAT name? We relaxed in the room a bit, but we were really getting sleepy. The jet lag is really tough on this trip for some reason.
The infamous Yogurt Gang was here, instilling fear into the hearts of...nobody. What the hell kind of grafitti name is Yogurt?
We dragged ourselves back to the Re di Roma roundabout to find some quick take-out. I had seen a pizza place called Suppli (named for the Roman rice balls like arancini, that they are apparently known for).  It was a madhouse in there...huge line, and I couldn't understand the system. Morgan couldn't take it and waited outside so I just grabbed a slice of 4 different pizzas (eggplant, prosciutto, potato and onion, stuffed spinach) to go. I didn't know I was supposed to ask to have them heated up so they were room temperature but they were still pretty damn good...not the thin Roman-style crust, but the thicker bready-style (like Sicilian pizza).

We conked out around 9pm, so...getting a little better, anyway!

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The Pantheon
The Pantheon
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
Castel SantAngelo
Castel Sant'Angelo
Oxtail with tomato sauce (yum)
Oxtail with tomato sauce (yum)
The infamous Yogurt Gang was here,…
The infamous Yogurt Gang was here…
Delicious cuppa coffee at Tassa d…
Delicious cuppa coffee at Tassa d…
Wow, the photo makes this look sma…
Wow, the photo makes this look sm…
Pasta with lentils
Pasta with lentils
Gnocchi with boar and tomato sauce…
Gnocchi with boar and tomato sauc…
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
Locks on the bridge over the Tiber…
Locks on the bridge over the Tibe…
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