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April 3, 2007

Dové la Cinecittà?

I just got into Rome about an hour ago. Sodium-golden street lights, misty rain; pretty much the way I remember it. I love this city!
It's been a pretty great trip so far...complete with some pretty amazing food. I thought about taking a page from Aaron Katz and maintaining a detailed account of my culinary adventures, but I've been pretty good about staying away from computers so far. And, needless to say, that little notebook of mine has remained unscribbled upon.

Tomorrow we're meeting up with my sister, who's studying here for the semester. And then, in a few days it's off to Venice...

Posted by David Lowery at April 3, 2007 4:12 PM


So with "amazing food" can we infer you ended up finding some (cooked) vegan food in Italy, aside from marinara pizza?

Going to that country a few years ago was sort of the tipping point from my reversion from vegetarianism to eating meat again. Rome is great though, huh? And you got to be in the city for AS Roma's wild victory against Manchester United (if you're a soccer fan, that is...)

Posted by: Zach at April 5, 2007 8:43 AM

I'm afraid I didn't even know that it was soccer season! But yeah, I love Rome, and I haven't even had to use the list of vegetarian restaurants I printed out before I left; every menu I've come across has been more than accomodating. I even found a gelato shop that specializes in sorbet!

Posted by: Ghostboy at April 6, 2007 8:31 AM

Good to hear about the veg options. I'm racking my brains as to my favorite meal in my few days in Rome, but I can't recall for sure... The coffee really is amazing, too, as you've noted--even the very worst cups I found were better than run-of-the-mill American drip coffee.

There are two soccer teams in Rome, Lazio (broad brushstrokes: upper-middle class, right-wing, northern part of the, 'biancocelesti') and Roma (working class, left-wing, southern part of the city, 'giallorossi'). Fierce rivalry. I've read a few stories of tourists who support one team or the other running into all sorts of inconveniences and things when they encounter, say, a desk clerk or waiter who supports the other team!

Keep enjoying your trip ...

Posted by: Zach at April 6, 2007 8:53 AM

Wonderful...I still remember the first time I saw Venice, I was wonderfully lost in the city, completely and wonderfully lost!

Posted by: Stacy at April 9, 2007 11:37 PM

I can hardly imagine a better place to get lost in than Venice. It's such a beautiful miniaturesque of a city - you can get as lost as you want and still end up where you want to be. The abence of automobiles adds to the charm; the absence of tourists would be even better, although I of course wasn't helping that problem any.

And that's, inciddentally, where I had the best cup of coffee the entre trip. It was this little trattoria run by the most jovially cantankerous old woman imagineable. She complained about our order the entire time she was fixing it, the entire time we were drinking it - even exclaiming mama mia! in exasperation at one point - and we just sat there and laughed at what little we were able to pick up while we drank the best damn espressos and americanos we'd ever had.

Posted by: Ghostboy at April 10, 2007 10:27 AM