Category Archives: Rome-ing Around

Old becomes new…

An old rusty bicycle becomes a perfect prop for baskets of flowers. I saw this at a restaurant in Ponte Milvio, in north Rome and was charmed by it. Often what is old and rusty and no longer of utilitarian value takes on a new function of beauty. Old wheelbarrows, old shutters and doors, and…

Calvi, Umbria – the Festa di San Pancrazio

Calvi in Umbria lies just barely north of the Lazio region, along the Via Flaminia. If you happen by the area it’s well worth making a stop to take a look at this medieval borgo. From the hill town you can look down upon the rolling Umbrian countryside, as pictured above. The town’s major festival,…

Saturday outdoor market in Sperlonga

Saturday morning is the big outdoor market day in Sperlonga. One of my favorite vendors has an assortment of olives cured by his family owned azienda agricola, including local Gaeta olives. He also prepares whole red peppers in an agrodolce bath. Most of the peppers go by the wayside as the process is lengthy and…

The Arrotino or Knife Sharpener

This special bicycle was used by the arrotino to sharpen knives, throughout neighborhoods in Rome. The box on the front carries the tools of the trade, and the stone disk (center of the bike) is the sharpening device, powered by the arrotino’s bicycle pedals. I used to love seeing the arrotino in our neighborhood, but…

Mentuccia Romana

The other day we showed my future son-in-law a piece of the ancient Via Flaminia, dating back over a thousand years, and all along the remnants was an explosion of calamint. I love calamint, with its delicate perfume of mint touched with marjoram, and find it everywhere that there’s an untended field or piece of…

Coregone in Bianco, the prize-winning lake fish recipe of the year in Bolsena

Last weekend we were at Lake Bolsena, an under two hours drive from us. We were there with friends: it was partially a reunion of sorts (some coming from France) and others who vacation at the lake regularly; sailing, canoeing, swimming. One of our friends is a professional musician and keeps a grand piano at…

The Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker

I couldn’t live without my Moka coffee maker! These days everyone wants an espresso machine that uses pods and produces every variety and flavor of espresso. They want to be able to heat and froth their milk. I confess I have one of these too, albeit not one with all the bells and whistles some…

Ristorante Il Grecale, Anzio (Southern Lazio)

I’d been to Il Grecale with friends in the past and also taken a stroll around the charming port area of this small seaside town in southern Lazio. That was in the summer and today was quite a different atmosphere. It was a blustery February day and we chose Anzio as we were searching for…

Lunch at Roscioli, Dessert at Roscioli Bakery

Thelma returned last night from Turkey and Annie from Washington, so my lunch buddies and I convened once again for a plunge into Roman cuisine at its best: Roscioli. We were four so we split an assortment of classic Roman pasta dishes: cacio e pepe, spaghetti alla carbonara and rigatoni all’amatriciana. All three divine. Before…

Sunday lunch at L’Ovile Restaurant

The plan when we went out this morning to run a few errands was to come right back home to make a light lunch. Our errands took us right past the Ovile Restaurant and it immediately triggered an almost primal desire for some hearty Roman comfort food. For me that spells pasta all’amatriciana. Errands finished…