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A day in Rome

People say that no other city can compare to Rome’s legacy. It may no longer be referred to as the caput mundi (capital of the world), but it is an extraordinary visual testimony of the long gone Roman Empire.

During my stay, I was constantly looking out for the remains of the antique era. I was never disappointed, they are everywhere and mostly integrated to the contemporary architecture. In 5 days, I was hooked.

Rome has an impressive range of beautiful monuments such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Farnese Palace, St Peter (although technically part of the Vatican). I could go on and on, but it is true Rome is not only about sightseeing. To make the most of one’s trip, enjoying the different aspects of the city is a must, Gastronomy clearly being a huge part.

Running around the streets of Rome, you may don’t know where to go in between your visits to rest and indulge yourself.

Here are a few suggestions for a day out:

Lunch – Pizza Forum, 34 Via S. Giovanni in Laterano.

Although the place’s design is not its best advocate, the food is really good and price-friendly. Perfect for a little lunch after visiting the Forum, Colloseum and Constantin’s arch (which are basically located right off the restaurant’s street.) This is where I tasted amazing Gnocchi al pomodoro.

Coffee and shopping – Fleur, 46 Via Bocca di Leone.

This little cafe boutique is located just 2 minutes from the magnificent Piazza di Spagna. It is definitely worth sitting down and have a delightful Italian coffee. They come with local treats and the place looks gorgeous!

Dinner – Blanco, 21 Via della Croce.

The very trendy and all white bar/restaurant is excellent, and serves amazing cocktails. This is where I tasted the gnochetti with Gorgonzola and asparagus. Its location is very convenient, since it is minutes away from the beautiful piazza del Popolo, and the  nice places to go out.


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Gnocchi perfection in the heart of Mayfair

We have made it our mission to try the best gnocchi in town and report our findings back to you via this blog.

First stop was Ristorante Semplice in Mayfair (near Bond Street tube, just off Oxford Street). The restaurant is famed for its bone marrow risotto, of which Giles Corren says: ‘I had never been much of a one for risotto, bur now I am. By God I am’.

We, however, resisted the admittedly delicious looking bone marrow risotto (enjoyed by the man on the table next to ours) and instead opted for the potato gnocchi with duck ragu, savoy cabbage and teleggio fondue (like a white sauce containing wine, cheese, cream and nutmeg), or Gnocchi con ragu d’anatha, verza e fonduta al teleggio as it says on the menu.

I have to say that we were certainly not disappointed with our choice!

We enjoyed our gnocchi with duck ragu with a simple green salad and a glass of red (as recommended by the sommelier). The ragu was melt in the mouth divine and the gnocchi itself was light and fluffy without being rubbery.

We asked to speak to the chef after we’d finished our meal, and amazingly he indulged our request and came to our table in his chef’s whites. He informed us that the gnocchi was all made in-house, immediately frozen and then flash boiled just before being served. When we asked him how he got his gnocchi so light, he told us that using just a very small amount of the best quality Italian flour and either King Edwards or Desiree potatoes coupled with the freeze/boil method does the trick every time.

Our overall conclusion is that it is a great lunch venue and the gnocchi with duck ragu is a stellar choice but be warned that it might make you feel a tad sleepy in the afternoon!

Watch this space for further reviews of gnocchi dishes in central London restaurants, and feel free to get in touch if there’s a restaurant that you’d like us to review or if you have any recommendations.

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