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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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

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

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.
Veal with white wine sauce.
Veal with white wine sauce.

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

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


How to make: zucchini noodles #glutenfree #lowcarb

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You may have heard about zucchini noodles before. It’s also known by a variety of different other names (zoodles, zucchini pasta, zucchini spaghetti), but all of them are the same: a real food pasta made only using zucchinis.

That’s right, you need only a single ingredient – zucchini – to make your pasta. This is an amazingly healthy way to add more good stuff into your body!

Remember to also use your creativity to add extra flavour to it. You can top with a delicious homemade tomato sauce, add to a soup, mix with some fresh broccoli, garlic, olive oil, and chicken breast… Hmm, I’m already salivating here thinking about all the dishes I can make with it.

  • 2 zucchinis
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Wash your zucchinis. Cut off the ends and let’s start making our noodles.
  2. There are many ways to make it. You can use a spiralizer, veggetti, grater or a knife. All these options will change the final looking of your noodle/pasta, but the taste will be essentially the same.
  3. After you get it done, toss in a pan with some salt and pepper.
  4. And it’s ready! Serve it with a delicious Homemade Tomato Sauce and garnished with shredded parmesan cheese. YUMMY!