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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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Palermitana sauce

From my trip to Rome, the last dish I remember trying was the “Fusilli Palermitana”. Although I had no clue what it would taste like, its description was mouth-watering.

Pasta with a vegetable medley of aubergine, courgette, pepper onions, cherry tomatoes, basil and pomodoro. How could anything  go wrong? Indeed, it was delicious and I automatically thought about trying it out with gnocchi.

Gnocchi palermitana would make a perfect dish to accompany a  Chianti wine. Let’s call our friends and set up a dinner party, we are cooking tonight!

Palermitana sauce:

1. First of all, chop slices of aubergine, courgette, pepper onions. Put them in a pan with olive oil, and let them cook until they become tender.

2. Add the tomato passata, the chopped basil and tomatoes, the oregano and the olives. You can already smell Italy in your kitchen!

3. Finally, add a little white wine to the sauce. Let the wine evaporate over a medium heat.

4. Cook the gnocchi in a large pan of boiling salted water, for about 2-3 minutes, until they rise to the surface.  Let them fry in a pan before putting them in a plate.

5.  Cover the gnocchi with the sauce.

6. To give the final presentation a typical Italian touch, sprinkle some flat Italian Parsley on each plate.

… Don’t forget the chianti. Dinner is ready!

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Gnochetti with asparagus & gorgonzola sauce

In Rome all mighty, the picturesque scenery is a delight for the eyes.

However, walking around in a timeless city such as this one  comes with its pains and blisters. When that comes up, it is time to stop and have a bite.

Between la Piazza del Popolo and la Piazza di Spagna, you’ll find:

– A classy Italian ambiance, which will make you relive Audrey Hepburn’s “Roman Holiday”.

–  Nice restaurants and coffee shops. (See next posts for addresses and directions!)

These two facts make it the perfect place to chill. That is exactly what we did, and that is where I come across the most amazing/ surprising dish ever.

I got the recipe: Here it is!

– Gnochetti with asparagus and gorgonzola cheese –

1. Cook the gnocchi in a large pan of boiling salted water, for about 2-3 minutes, until they rise to the surface.

2. Put the onions, parsley and garlic in a frying pan with the olive oil.   After about 5 minutes, the onions should be tender and ready.  Reduce heat to medium.

3. Add the gnocchi to the onions in the frying pan . After a minute or so, put the gorgonzola and asparagus. Leave it to cook for 3 minutes and toss gently.

3. Add a little salt and pepper. When you are done, the sauce should be nice and thick, and the gnocchi well coated.

4. Put the cooked gnocchi in a dish. Tadaah, it’s ready!

Tip: You can add a little  grated Parmesan cheese on top. As I said before, it makes all the effort even more worth it.

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Gnocchi Al Pomodoro

At Lawson Dodd, we love Italy and we love Gnocchi. I just came back from an Easter trip in Rome and I utterly enjoyed the food. I brought back some recipes straight from la mamma Italia to share with you.

Gnocchi al Pomodoro is the simplest thing ever. The sauce is easy to make and  tastes great. What else?

For the Pomodoro sauce, you need:  Passata (tomato puree), onions, olive oil, basil, salt & pepper.

1. Put the onions in a frying pan with the olive oil. After about 5 minutes, add the passata and basil leaves. It already starts smelling heavenly good. Add a little salt and pepper, and cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes. When you are done, the sauce should be nice and thick.

2. Slice little bits of mozzarella cheese, it will come in handy at the very end.

2. Cook the gnocchi in a large pan of boiling salted water, for about 2-3 minutes, until they rise to the surface.

3. Put the cooked gnocchi in a dish and cover it with the tomato sauce. Add the mozzarella cheese and serve straight away. A dish is always best when hot!

Tip: You can add a little  grated Parmesan cheese on top. Makes all the effort even more worth it.

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