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Report 943: Italy Alone

By DMae from Alaska, Summer 2005

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Page 5 of 9: A few restaurants

Disclaimer: I am not a person who is too picky about food. I like it tasty, served in clean surroundings, with a polite and pleasant atmosphere. Other than that, I really don't have many criteria! Oh yeah, I am severely allergic to iodine, which means NO seafood in any manner. I carry a card to show servers so I don't end up having to sit on the steps of a police station with an epi pen in my leg while someone calls pronto soccorso.

These are some of the restaurants I visited while staying in Monti:

Chico di Grano, Via degli Zingari 5-8; a nice restaurant, indoors or out. I ate in both seating areas, but prefer to sit outside. I had pizza the first time and a soup the next time when sitting inside.

Il Posto Accanto, Via del Boschetto 36a; I learned of this restaurant while chatting with an English speaking family at Caffè Farnese. It is one of those restaurants that you have to know about before you would find it. The night I chose to dine there they were serving a fish as the main course. I explained my allergies to the owner and his mother and they assured me that they would take care of me. I was served a thin and succulent veal cutlet with asparagus which I can still reminisce about today. And the wine they chose for me was a perfect complement. This tiny, family owned restaurant remains one of my favorite memories of Rome as it exemplifies all I have ever read or heard of about how restaurant owners will care for even the most uneducated visitor on their premises.

The first time I tried to find Il Posto Accanto, I ended up in the Bierre Valentini at Via del Boschetto 37. I had a great caprese salad there and would recommend it to anyone who wanted a lighter meal and excellent Italian beer.

On the Piazza dei Maria ai Monti there is a restaurant called Gli Angeletti. The food there is heavenly with beautiful tastes, beautiful presentation, beautiful location, beautiful staff. Whatever I ordered there was delightful.

Two restaurants where I met with other Slow Travelers: Vecchia Roma, Via Leonina 10 and Ristorante Cleto, Via del Consiglio 17. When I walked by, Vecchia Roma always seemed to look like it was closed. When dinner was served, it was a lively place. Cleto had wonderful food as well and an owner who is a singer.

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