Roma Sparita • Rome (restaurant review)

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Roma Sparita - entrance.
Roma Sparita – entrance.

Since I watched this Antony Bourdain’s episode in Rome (more than 6 years ago) my vocabulary increased by exactly two words: Cacio e Pepe.

The translation is simply cheese and pepper, and it is an authentic Romanian dish.

This is a super simple pasta made only with Romanian Pecorino cheese and black pepper, however its flavour is something from another world.

Searching online what would be the best place to try it, Roma Sparita was the top recommendation, named by a few reviewers as providing a life changing Cacio e Pepe.
So why not check it in person and get our lives changed, eh? 😜

My order

I admit that I was super excited going to this place and didn’t even consider ordering anything else in their menu.

I just wanted to try their Cacio e Pepe.
Anyways, we ended up ordering two more things as follows:

  • Simple salad (to share): simple salad – mixed leaves and tomato.
  • Main: pasta Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper).
  • Dessert (to share): tiramisu.
Simple salad - mixed leaves and tomato.
Simple salad – mixed leaves and tomato.
Pasta Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper).
Pasta Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper).
Tiramisu.
Tiramisu.

As we’re so hyped about this dish, Hubby and I decided to order one each, no sharing this time! 😁
The idea was to have full appreciation of our meals.

Oh boy, what was that cheese bowl!?
Now, do you understand the life changing thing, right?

I simply LOVED it. ❤️

It is delicious, but I must admit that’s a bit salty (I read reviews online about it too), so a glass of wine will do a great job.

Assuming you have no issues with highly salted food, I absolutely can recommend it – SUPER YUM.

To finish our dinner I had a tiramisu, it was good but nothing exceptional.
Enough to cut the saltness from our previous dish though. 😜

The verdict

I would totally go again, loved their food and service.
Our waiter was super funny and friendly.

The house gets super busy so I highly recommend you to book.

We didn’t book, but we arrived there 10 minutes before opening and they managed to give us a table, lucky us. 🙂

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/sWArZF9RyZH2

More information: www.romasparita.com/en/


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Banana and peanut butter ice cream • Healthy treats #5

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Looking for a healthy ice cream alternative?

You may already know that frozen banana ice cream is the perfect base for a healthy ice cream, right?

So how about a delicious twist?
That’s why I’ve decided to bring here a combination that I simply LOVE:

Banana and peanut butter ice cream 😍

Ingredients-wise, this healthy treat is basically made only with a combination of overripe bananas and peanut butter.

For the peanut butter, here I used a crunchy version (I like to find pieces of peanut in my ice cream), but you can use the smooth one.
Now for the bananas remember to use overripe ones, as it will be the natural sweetener of our ice cream.

Perfect for those super hot summer days! ☀️

Ingredients
  • 4 (~550 grams) overripe bananas, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup (250ml) of coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup (130g) of peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
Directions
  1. In a food processor add bananas, coconut cream, and peanut butter.
  2. Mix until everything is well combined and you get a super smooth and creamy mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture in an ice cream container and let it set in the freezer for one hour. ⏰
  4. IT’S DONE! 🎉

Another fantastic part of this recipe is that kids will love it.

You know it can be challenging for conscious parents to find a healthy dessert to serve their kids.
With this banana and peanut butter ice cream the problem is solved.

You have just found the perfect healthy ice cream! 🙂

La Strega Nocciola Gelateria • Rome

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La Strega Nocciola - entrance.
La Strega Nocciola – entrance.

You know the first thing that comes to my mind when I remember my European holidays?

GELATO! Why? Because it was soooo hot during summer there! ☀️
As we’re in Italy, there’s nothing better to cool down than an authentic Italian gelato, right?

We were swimming around that ocean of tourists at Piazza di Spagna when Hubby (always him :P) suggested to have yet another gelato (second of the day) to recover our energies.

The chosen place was La Strega Nocciola Gelateria and it was absolutely great!

My order

This place was full of fruit flavours, so we thought would be a good opportunity to try a couple of them.

We got a large cup to share with the following flavours: lemon, mango, and blueberry.

Lemon, Mango, and Blueberry.
Lemon, mango, and blueberry gelato.

It was a great choice!

All flavours were super rich, you could totally believe you’re having the fruit instead of a gelato (as long as you forget the nutritional facts, of course :P).

Thumbs up for the blueberry one, that was my favourite.
Hubby is crazy for lemon ice cream so he was sold since the beginning. 😜

The verdict

This is definitely a must-go place.
It is on a calm street, a few blocks away from Piazza di Spagna and the buzz, perfect for some relaxing time.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/ggHGyPiMAqH2

More information: www.lastreganocciola.it


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Chicken Curry • Healthy meals #2

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Indian cuisine is one of my favourites. ❤️ 🇮🇳

All those spices and condiments, simple ingredients, packed with flavour and aromas!

Which is why this recipe of chicken Curry recipe ticks all the boxes! ✅

I got this recipe with an Indian friend. She taught me exactly the way she prepares at home.

I felt super special to have the opportunity to learn something so traditional, and now I’m here sharing it with you. 🙂

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (500 grams) of skinless chicken thighs, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons of coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup of tomato paste
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 cans (540ml) of coconut milk
  • 1 cup (200 grams) of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup (200 grams) of green beans
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Directions
  1. In a bowl mix chicken thighs, curry, cumin and coriander powder, cayenne pepper, and tomato paste.
    Let it rest for 1 hour in the fridge. ⏰
  2. Later, in a pot add olive oil and marinated chicken, cooking until the chicken has a nice golden colour.
  3. Then add onions and cook until tender.
  4. Next add coconut milk and let it simmer for 10 minutes. ⏰
  5. Finally, add green beans, broccoli and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
    Let it simmer for another 10 minutes.⏰
  6. IT’S DONE! 🎉
    Serve it with regular rice or a yummy cauliflower rice.

Another great thing about this meal is that this is super low carb, full of good stuff, dairy free, and you can easily make a vegetarian version by replacing chicken with potatoes!

Hedera Gelateria • Rome

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Hedera - entrance.
Hedera – entrance.

Hedera was another perfect gelato stop.

Hopefully you are not surprised to know gelato in Italy is a serious thing, right? 😜

The store is super cute, with a vintage look that invites you in straight away.
In addition to the great variety of gelato flavours, you can also find granitas there (just in case you want something different)!

My order

As we were quite full after our delicious lunch at Da Romolo, this time we decided to share a small cup.

Just to refresh ourselves a bit before exploring more of Rome in the afternoon!

Our choice was: Chuo (70% dark chocolate) and Hedera Top (their secret flavour).

Chuo (70% dark chocolate) and Hedera Top secret flavour.
Chuo (70% dark chocolate) and Hedera Top (their secret flavour)

It’s hard to find exact words to describe both flavours, but let me give it a try:

The dark chocolate one was super rich and extremely chocolatey, as a good quality chocolate gelato should be.
It may be too bitter in case you are not a dark chocolate fan, otherwise go for it, you will love!

For the top secret flavour … OMG! What was that? I can’t describe but I believe there is a bit of pistachio and spices in it. I asked the owner what was in that flavour and he said it is “top secret” and he couldn’t reveal. 😜

The only thing he could tell me was if there was any nuts, in case I was allergic, and indeed there was, so by the flavour I suppose it was pistachio.

The verdict

In case you are around the Vatican this is a perfect place to have a stop and enjoy a delicious Italian gelato.

I loved their gelato and service was super friendly.

In case you manage to get out of them what the Top Secret flavour is made of, please tell me!
This was one of my favourite flavours in Rome, and I’m dying to know more about it. 😅

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/sU9dP5YeaHt


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Rome.