Mimì e Cocò • Rome

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Mimì e Cocò - entrance.
Mimì e Cocò – entrance.

The reason why we decided to go to Mimì e Cocò was my craving for risottos.

We needed a place close to our accomodation and their good reviews online seemed to us a promising choice.
So, why not try it out?!

It’s a relatively small place, working more as a bar than as a restaurant to be honest, but they offer a good variety of dishes, such as pasta, pizzas and risottos (😍).

My order

Our idea was to have a small meal that evening, so we decided to go only with the first course as follows:

  • Mine: funghi risotto.
  • Hubby: spinach and ricotta ravioli.
Funghi risotto.
Funghi risotto.
Spinach and ricotta ravioli.
Spinach and ricotta ravioli.

Hubby loved his ravioli. I tried a bit and indeed was yum!

My risotto on the other hand, despite of being flavoursome it was overcooked, almost like a porridge texture. 😭

Speaking of the portion sizes, they were enough for a somewhat light dinner.

I don’t know about you, but Italian portions are usually huge and we were having some trouble to fit in all the food we wanted to try. há 😆

The verdict

The food was good overall (despite my porridge-style risotto 😜).

But it wasn’t remarkable, so I don’t know if I would come back for a meal.

I believe if you want to have some drinks and appetisers this is a great place, but for dinner or lunch I’d give it a miss.

At the occasion, staff looked a bit rude and inattentive, but easily able to understand English.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/SaSRr1ZPKhD2

More information: www.mimiecoco.com


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Trattoria da Valentino • Rome

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Tratoria Da Valentino - entrance.
Trattoria Da Valentino – entrance.

Despite being in a very touristic area, Trattoria Da Valentino was a positive choice for us.

There is a good variety of traditional Italian dishes available and I could spot locals having lunch with their families as well.

The atmosphere was super Italian and the lovely staff brought up our lunch experience to another level.
Super cosy and yum dishes made the deal truly hard to beat, like those we imagine a truly Italian nonna would prepare. 🙂

My order

You can order à la carte, but we decided to go with the set menu available for lunchtime.

The menu consists of an entree, first course, main course, and a drink (including wine!).
I forgot to keep the receipt to check the total price, but I’m quite sure it was around €20 per person.

This is what we decided to get:

  • Salad: mixed leaves, tomato, and carrot.
  • Mine: pasta Arrabbiata and roasted chicken.
  • Hubby: gnocchi and veal with white wine sauce.
  • Dessert to share: tiramisu.
Simple salad - mixed leaves, tomato, and carrot.
Simple salad – mixed leaves, tomato, and carrot.
Pasta Arrabbiata.
Pasta Arrabbiata.
Roasted chicken.
Roasted chicken.
Gnocchi.
Gnocchi.
Veal with white wine sauce.
Veal with white wine sauce.
Tiramisu.
Tiramisu.

Portions were generous and everything super tasty and fresh!

I ❤️ my arrabbiata pasta and roasted chicken.
Pasta was cooked al dente and that sauce was simply wonderful. Hubby’s dishes were identically great both in terms of quality and flavour.

To finish our happy meal, we decided to share their homemade tiramisu, and … guess what, another winner!
It was super creamy with an amazing coffee kick. YUM!

The verdict

Please GO there!

If you’re Rome, it is a no-brainer to visit the Colosseum, so take advantage and plan your lunch to be at Trattoria da Valentino.

From the area where the Colosseum is, it is like 5 minutes walking.
The atmosphere is relaxing and comfy, not packed at all.

Staff super friendly and amazing food for a more than honest price.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/HvqbU4W7aVk


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Alla Scala Gelateria • Rome (best pistachio gelato ever!)

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Gelateria Alla Scala - entrance.
Gelateria Alla Scala – entrance.

Just between us, ok?
Hubby is kind of a gelato crazy; this is his favourite sweet treat ever.🍦

So imagine the situation, Europe, summer, 33C (91F) on the street…

Back at home, during summer, I often make those frozen bananas ice creams at home, keeping things clean and healthier.

However, we’re in Rome, Italy, gelatos couldn’t be missed. 😀

Strolling around the Trastevere area, our gelato option for that day was Alla Scala Gelateria.
Which might be hard to notice due to its tiny door lost in the middle of those super charming Romanian alleys.

My order

Gladly they don’t offer too many options, so it was super easy to make our choices. 😜
I’m always in trouble when there are too many flavours to pick. It’s so hard to decide! This time we got:

  • Mine: Pistachio and cremino.
  • Hubby: Tiramisu and cheesecake.
Pistachio and cremino.
Pistachio and cremino.
Tiramisu and cheese cake.
Tiramisu and cheesecake.

Dear Lord, what was that pistachio gelato?!
Seriously, the best pistachio gelato I’ve ever had, and I’m saying it with some authority as I tried pistachio gelato in many other places before, including during this trip.

Cremino was very good too, it is made of vanilla, melted white chocolate, and raspberry. I tried a bit of hubby’s choices and they were equally good.

The gelato itself was super creamy, smooth, light and had a good amount of sugar (wasn’t too sweet, what is good!).

The verdict

Totally a must! Despite having just a few flavours, they are top-notch quality, packed with flavours and extremely delicious. Servings are generous and prices just right. LOVED!!! ❤️

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/syMk847LgM72


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Emma – Pizzeria con cucina • Rome (restaurant review)

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Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.
Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.

In September this year, I had the opportunity to make a long-time-dream come true: Hubby and I packed our bags to spend a 3.5-week long holiday travelling around Europe!
Obviously, I’ll publish here all places I eat and visited, so stay tuned. :D.

Our first stop in Europe was Italy, more specifically in Rome.

Of course, our food choice to kick-off our holidays was pizza!
Emma pizzeria was super close to our accommodation and had amazing reviews online, which sounded like a good option.

Lucky us! This place was wonderful, giving us an awesome start and a good idea of what was coming next. 😁

My order

Romanian pizza was one of the items I had long-added to my foods-to-try list.

I really wanted to check what the famous crunchy and super thin pizza disc was all about. So we decided to order:

  • Mine: Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
  • Hubby: Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Quattro stagioni - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Margherita Red Cow - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).

Indeed, the crust was super thin and crunchy, and also super yum!

And what about the flavour, you may be asking!?

Mine was good but nothing special…

However, Hubby’s choice was SPOT-ON.

Oh my, that red cow parmesan was simply out of this world!

It was so remarkable, so punchy, totally putting this Margherita pizza on another level…
Seriously, you need to try this.

The verdict

It’s a great restaurant, with many other dishes available and a good variety of pizza flavours.
Staff is polite and friendly, no issues ordering things in English as well. I loved their service.

I wouldn’t say you should visit Rome only to try this restaurant, but if you happen to be around and keen to have an authentic Romanian pizza, make sure to order a Margherita Red Cow pizza!
That’s a true winner! 🏆

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/jiFg6DnGCfu

More information: www.emmapizzeria.com


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