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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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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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


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Da Romolo • Rome – Vatican

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Da Romolo - entrance.
Da Romolo – entrance.

We had just left the Vatican and Da Romolo seemed the perfect option for our lunch.

And indeed it was! I only have good memories from this place.

It is just a couple of blocks away from the Vatican, but far enough to not be swamped by tourists. 🙂
Which means you can enjoy your meal in a very calm and relaxing atmosphere.

My order

As we were quite hungry after walking around the Vatican in the morning, our lunch looked like a feast, check it out:

  • To share: Italian bread.
  • Hubby: simple salad (mixed leaves, tomato, and carrots) and Margherita pizza.
  • Mine: caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and olive oil) and beef steak.
Italian bread.
Italian bread.
Caprese salad (fresh mozzarela, tomato, basil, and olive oil).
Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and olive oil).
Simple salad - mixed leaves, tomato, and carrots.
Simple salad – mixed leaves, tomato, and carrots.
Marguerita pizza.
Margherita pizza.
Beef steak.
Beef steak.

Every single dish was superb!

I loved the two salads and my huge steak. ❤️

I don’t know if it is because I was really missing a nice piece of beef, but for me, this one was something brought from heaven.

Hubby’s pizza was equally good, with a super crunchy and thin crust, all topped with a delicious fresh mozzarella cheese.

Ah! We didn’t have a chance to try, but they are a trattoria too, so you can find traditional Italian pasta options there as well.

The verdict

The restaurant is beautiful inside, very charming and comfy.
Staff was extremely friendly and polite, could communicate in English without any issues.

I have absolutely nothing to add, service and food both spot-on!

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/y5em2cor3mp

More information: www.daromoloallamoleadriana.it


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Two sizes – The best tiramisu in Rome!?

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Two Sizes - entrance.
Two Sizes – entrance.

This apparently timid store next to Piazza Navona holds guaranteed food satisfaction behind its door.

Two Sizes is the place to go for an authentic Italian dessert.
It offers a good variety of homemade Italian creations, including the famous Tiramisu.

Just by passing by on the street you can see them displayed in front of the store. 😁

My order

There you will find the traditional Tiramisu (mascarpone and coffee) and also other flavours, such as pistachio, peanut butter and caramel.
All of them served exclusively in two sizes (hehehe).

As a pistachio fan that I am, I’ve decided to get a small one to try.
Look how cute it was:

Pistachio tiramisu.
Pistachio tiramisu.

I have only two words for this: MIND BLOWING.

… sorry, I can’t even keep writing any longer, my mind is to busy remembering this beauty …

It was my favourite Tiramisu EVAR!!!

And I’m not saying that just because of the pistachio, this entire little piece of heaven was super creamy, smooth and extremely light.

The verdict

It was a shame I didn’t get the big one, seriously.

I just didn’t order another one because you know … all those “eating too much while on holidays” thoughts immediately came to me.
So I had to step on the brakes a bit.

I considered eating again on a subsequent day, but unfortunately, I didn’t happen to be around this place a second time. 😭

So please, in case you decide to go (and I highly recommend you to do so), get the larger size, OK? #noregrests

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/Wy2DWfKoB8B2


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