This past October I spent three weeks in beautiful Italy!
Three weeks was not nearly enough to see all Italy has to offer, but I had a wonderful time soaking it all in. My first stop was Rome. When I wasn’t walking down cobblestone roads, buying candy from street-vendors, lunching in front of the Trevi Fountain, or people-watching while savoring amazing pastas at street-side cafes, I made time to see some historical monuments.
The best meal I had in Rome was at a street-side cafe next to The Pantheon. I had Bucatini all’Amatriciana followed by Tiramisu and Espresso. Bucatini is the regional pasta of Lazio (of which Rome is the capital), it is like a thick spaghetti with a hole going through the middle.
You know how we, in America, can walk into any market and find dozens of pasta shapes? Well, they have all those same shapes in Italy, except each region also has its own pasta shape. So there are even more shapes to choose from! Isn’t that fantastic?
Back to my meal. Bucatini is thicker than spaghetti so it is a little chewier. Amatriciana is a pancetta and tomato sauce. The fatty, salty flavor from the pancetta is really the star of this dish. Think of a basic tomato sauce, but with the flavor of bacon coming through and accented by grated pecorino-romano. Yum yum yum! I can taste it now… I need to recreate this meal, pronto.
Okay, back to writing!
My dessert (of course I had dessert every chance I got!) was tiramisu with espresso. I told this to a few friends while I was still floating on cloud nine from this tiramisu experience: if you go to Italy and just eat tiramisu, your trip will be well worth it!
Espresso-soaked savoiardi enveloped in heavenly whipped mascarpone cream and topped with cocoa powder. It’s okay if you’re drooling, my keyboard is soaked. (Did I say that out loud?)
Good thing I’m making tiramisu in a few days for a ladies’ get-together. I could make one for them and one for myself… Hey, don’t judge! You know you would eat a whole pan of tiramisu if it was just sitting there in your fridge, looking beautiful and delicious.
I had tiramisu a few times while in Italy. We made it one day during the Amalfi Coast culinary tour and I had four servings, it was so delicious!
My week in Rome was a week well spent. Again, not nearly enough time, but a good time. I can’t wait to go back and see what I missed.
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Linguine with Cherry Tomatoes – Daisy in Italian, Part Three: Amalfi Coast