Italian food

Della Palma gelato in Rome

Anyone who ever been in Italy would agree that Italian icecream is the best in the world. It’s hard to believe it until you try, but it’s totally worth it even if you are not into sweets at all.

You can only have so much icecream in one vacation, so it’s important to find the best one for your taste which means trying different flavors. Some of them are pretty exotic, like chilli chocolate, but if you are into experiments you have a big chance of finding something very awesome.

They sell gelato pretty much everywhere in Rome, there are café chains (like “Blue ice”), there are single small and big shops and I am very sure it’s possible to find real homemade gelato, which should be the best.

Both times I’ve been in Rome I stopped by Della Palma café on Via Maddalena at some point. They serve over 100 flavors of gelato and it’s impossible not to try any. I posted a small panorama below made with my phone to show the scale of the place, you can spend the first half an hour just reading through the articles to find the best mix for the first round. It’s pretty cheap there as well, as far as I remember they sell 3 flavors for 3 euros or something like that, which is less than a pint of Guinness in Ireland ))

My favourite mix btw is double creme pistachio with rich creme chocolate )


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Obika mozzarella bar in Rome

This time in Rome I had a “mozzarella and prosciutto” phase, so it was hard for me to miss a mozzarella bar. It’s a network of restaurants called Obika, they all have the same design (which reminds me of sushi bars for some reason). But anyway, it is a real mozzarella bar – all dishes from the menu include one of the four types of mozzarella they offer.

One thing I loved the most there was Crema di Pomodoro ‘La Motticella’, it’s a cold tomato soup with bazil that they serve with crostini and burrata, a creamy mozzarella. It’s the first time I tried it, basically it’s a cream with slices of mozzarella blent in it. It’s incredibly tasty if you mix it up with the soup.

I had it in the airport on the way back, luckily there was an Obika restaurant in Fiumicino )

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Restaurants and food in Rome

I never liked Italian food before I went to Italy. I wasn’t really a pizza fan, Parma ham was too salty for me, and mozzarella was well, something that doesn’t have much taste at all. Of course it’s only true if you buy all of the above in the nearest Tesco.

Going to Rome kinda changed my views on the Italian food completely. I had the most awesome pizza ever, very simple and thin and crispy. And mozzarella with prosciutto is just the right thing to eat when it’s about 30 degrees outside. And gnocchi with different sauces. I even brought some home and cooked it with the four cheese sauce – was ok-ish, but I miss the real Italian ones…

Restaurants in Rome are everywhere, streets in the city center are not very wide in general, but there is always a row of small cafe tables at least on one side. I really like it there, especially in the evening when candles and lanterns are lightened up, there are flower pots everywhere and people are just sitting and talking and having a nice meal – it’s a great way to spend the evening.


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Sizzler pizza with sourcream in Amicus, Cork

To be honest, I’ve never tried pizza with sourcream before Amicus. It just did’t occure to me to eat it like that, which is weird cause Russians eat pretty much everything with sourcream. And now I can’t see another way for me to have pizza, it kinda changed my perspective.

If you haven’t tried it before, just do it, you won’t regret it. Just take a teaspoon of cold sourcream, put it on top of a hot slice of pizza and take a bite.

Now I’m hungry…

Sizzler pizza with sourcream in Amicus

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Rome, 2011

Can’t stop thinking about the food, maybe it’s time for a breakfast at last)
Thinking of that awesome pizza I had in Rome this spring. And the parma ham with mozarella… And that incredible icecream, but for some reason I don’t have a picture of it. I could have it right now…

Btw somewhere in the Rome city center found an Irish pub serving Beamish!

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