Eating Abroad: Rome, Italy

I should actually call this post, “Look how much bread and pasta and gelato one human can consume in four days’ time.” #sorrynotsorry

For better or for worse, this week’s post won’t follow the traditional format, nor will the photos be edited. I’m actually sitting on a train in Italy. Here is my current view:

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I am so lucky to be visiting Italy for the third time in my short life. A few months ago, my grandpa decided to visit Italy (where his hometown is located) again. After a short conversation with my mom (to the tune of “So I guess we’re going to Italy! Yayyy!”), I booked my flight, hostel, and train tickets.

My family wanted to fly directly to the south (and avoid traveling through Rome), so I told them I’d meet them after 4 days in Rome…how could I not go?! If you follow my personal social media, you know where I’ve been and what I’ve been eating, but here’s the official rundown:

1: Tomato-mushroom bruschetta that was on the house during my first lunch in Rome!

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2: Nocciola (hazelnut) gelato is my favorite and I basically eat it daily. This was my first gelato in 6 years!

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3: Espresso with milk and sugar!

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4: Spaghetti alla Carbonara and a side of asparagus.

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5: Gelato at the famous Giolitti gelateria (where a scene from Roman Holiday was filmed). I had Tiramisu, Nutella, and “Vacanze Romane,” a flavor honoring the film!

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6: My favorite pasta in Rome so far was the Tagliatelle Bolognese outside the Pantheon.

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7: Gnocchi with tomato basil sauce.

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8: Sage-red raspberry gelato. Yes. It’s as amazing as it sounds. Jeni’s has some competition in Rome!

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9: Another unique flavor pairing that I LOVED – white chocolate basil and rosemary honey lavender. Wow. So delish.

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10: Nocciola and Tiramisu AGAIN, this time con panna (with whipped cream).

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11: An Australian girl who stayed in my hostel joined me for dinner one night. This was our delicious appetizer: pane tartaruga (turtle bread because the top is shaped like a turtle shell!) with Parmesan and prosciutto.

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12: Just outside the Vatican, I enjoyed this penne all’arrabiata (which means angry or spicy).

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13: Nocciola gelato AGAIN.

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14: Tortellini con bolognese vitello (veal meat sauce).

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So I don’t know how to add in-photo captions via this app, oops! I didn’t have time to look up all the places I went for these dishes (and they’re not even in order – eek!), but please feel free to comment below to ask where I got something! I tried to put numbers next to photos so you could easily reference them :)

Stay tuned for next week’s post, “Eating Abroad: Southern Italy.” Can’t wait to eat EVERYTHING in sight. :D

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