Pasta, Pizza and Pompi
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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.
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).
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.
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.
We conked out around 9pm, so...getting a little better, anyway!