Friday, April 29, 2011

Rome on $85 a Day - Food

It required three airports, fifteen hours of flying, and an entire day of sleeplessness (Can anyone sleep on a plane?), but the rewards have been worth the sacrifices. Instead of losing weight, as David and I usually do when we walk for miles each day, we will probably gain a few pounds on this trip.

We sleep-walked through our tour of the apartment and collapsed on the bed as soon as Morgan, our landlord, left. But later that night we discovered the little restaurant across the street with the best lasagna either of us has ever eaten, and this morning we prowled the aisles of the market that is literally our next-door neighbor.

In Rome, pizza is sold by the inch!
The market owners plied us with samples although it didn't take much persuasion for us to snap up a quarter-kilo of this and a few slices of that. Back at the apartment, I don't think we said a word to each other except to moan in pleasure at the next morsel of food to sample. We discovered the food of the gods in Paris, but Rome is giving that city a challenge.

Our gift wrapped dinner!
Everything we need is just steps or a block or two from our apartment. At the grocery, we picked up essentials like dish detergent, yogurt, and paper towels; the best gelato in town is across the street at Tony's; and tonight's take-out lasagna was up the street a half block the other direction. The two cookies we bought for dessert were wrapped like a gift; when we tasted them we understood why!

Our first full day in Rome ended with our watching the sun set over the rooftops from our penthouse living room. This room is surrounded by eight-feet high windows on three sides so we literally have a bird's eye view of the city.

David just informed me that it's time for gelato, and I don't need to be told twice.

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