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          At Bici Baci in Rome, Claudio has built his empire upon wheels you might say, little cute one person cars that people can zoom around the city in, driven safari type rugged charming cars that the guides take couples in pleasure on vacation to see Rome, Bicycles, Electric Bicycles, and of course Claudio's famous Vespas!    +39 06 94 53 87 13

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Claudio, who looks identical to Christopher Walken, says as he shows me the cool Vespa museum in the downstairs of the biggest Bici Baci location in Rome, at Via Cavour, 302, I have a passion for Vespas!  And as we see the cool Vespas from the original purchases that Claudio has done over the years, such as the 1,000,000th Vespa ever made in 1950, to the present, including the very original one from the movie               ROMAN HOLIDAY, YOU understand that he definitely is telling the truth when he says he loves Vespas! 
    And if you've always wanted to see Rome on a Vespa the way that Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck do, hop on a Vespa of your own or ask one of the many guides to drive you around the city! 

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"A young Indonesian man of about 25 took his Vespa, with the seal from the President of Indonesia and traveled 1 year and 3 months from Indonesia, through Thailand through India, through Turkey through Pakistan and eastern Europe to arrive at my store with his Vespa. Here it is." says Claudio happily as he shows me the photos and the original stickers the young man collected on his journey! Cool. 
 Via del Viminale, 5,   Via Cavour, 302,   Vicolo del Bottino, 8,   Via Rosmini, 26/28
    Roberto, who is Claudio's trusted director, shows me the map of the locations of Bici&Baci as a group of Americans rush in to rent bikes.
    He whispers laughing to me, "They ask worried if we can accomodate a very big group for 25 people! Ha! That is easy since we usually have a couple of biking tours that have up to 100 and 200 every day! We are very known in the city of Rome and people love us. And we are always crazy in here." And Claudio laughs, as when he showed me his daughter and her friends in the Vespa Museum downstairs doing a video of a nightclub dance party in the museum, "You have to be crazy to come to us or we don't want you. We're all crazy. Crazy with passion." he says and I say, "Crazy with love."                              
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  Met Andrea today, the other partner of Simone who I interviewed a couple of years since, and he is just as nice as Simone! "I started the restaurant 9 years now and it's concept has always been to use the local producers of Lazio and the best products of Italy. In addition to the wine, which is selected on the same theory as the Slow Food concept. I am the person who usually chooses the wine, yet my team and Simone's team and Antonello's team, since the 3 of us own the restaurant, all go to visit the vineyards and to learn about the wine. I believe that it is important for everybody to know the product and that way we can educate the guests better. Plus it is fun for all of us to have a day at the vineyards trying the wines and getting to know each other. Sometimes they bring about 10 wines here and we all try these to. I believe that some of the best wine that we have is not necessarily the most expensive. The vineyards that we choose have the specialty of using only their own grape in the wine. One grape can make the best wine, you don't need to buy grapes from other people." he says. 
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 Osteria Grappolo D'Oro in Campo Fiore 4 years for Slow Food Award Best of Italy.
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  We laughed as Andrea is explaining how fun it is at times to own the restaurant such as the choosing of the wine! "The house wine is especially one of the best around and is only 7.00 euros a bottle. Yes we have much more expensive ones, yet that one is one of the best." he says.
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"Antonello handles all the food and the kitchen needs, Simone does the advertising and the aprons and the details and me? I love the wine and the people!" he laughs. I love that , to! 
"You know it is always difficult when you start a new project. People have to know about you and tell each other how good of a experience  it is and the reputation becomes good. That is how you build a great restaurant. Yes, it helps that people find us on the websites; however, it is most important the service and the food and wine that we serve once they come here. We have great food. From the bread that we hand bake with only local and pure ingredients to the pasta our cook hand makes fresh everyday. People love our food. When the original owner of the Slow Food came 4 years since, he wrote about us and added us to his guide two months later as it is published. Then my director at the restaurant calls me and tells me that there is a line of 100 people outside the restaurant and asks if I forgot a group for that day! I couldn't remember any group. Then she said they said they all saw the restaurant in the published editon of Slow Food! So, I totally believe in that publication!" he says.                                                              Risultati immagini per hosteria grappolo d oro roma                                                                                                         
                                                Me? I love to eat the food at the Osteria! 
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  It is a beautifully elegant restaurant, with the Maestro, Allessandro ready to serve you his mother's kitchen at the door. He takes your coat and greets you warmly, yet professionally. Two tables are in the foyer surrounded by the wine stunningly displayed. Allessandro is a Juxtaposition of professionalism and playfulness. As I read his wine and champagne labels, I ask if he has the rapper Jay Z and Beyonce's label. We google on the internet and see it is one he doens't carry yet. "Maybe I shall, although it is a special label, Ace of Spades, that he has at around 900.00 euros I see here on the internet!" You know, playful in that respect that you can talk to him as a normal person. And as you enter the huge stately mansion with his precious restored rooms and the historic wine cellars, which are some of the most breathtaking rooms I have ever seen. 
     AS I eat in the beautiful 14th century dining room, the first time I have ever eaten here, I am surrounded with funny waiters that are either on their best behaviour or are always very fun and friendly to the guests. Considering that it is a Michelin restaurant since 2010 every year til 2018, I am guessing that they are always that attentive! 
    The food, lovely. I had a great pasta red sauce with octopus and it is delightful. In addition, some of the best wine that I have ever tasted in my life, the family is famous for their wine list and champagne, and some cute yet very fattening brownie and cookie desserts! Most of all I had a ball! Loved it. Dining in a 4story palace ballroom is rare, at least for me! 
     The Bleve family discovered the Roman walls and have restored these downstairs from the Augustan age to its original splendor.                                                           CASA BLEVE 
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The cool great ancient cellar of the Casa Bleve where the wine is kept, is "quite cold and smells musty since it is very ancient so we don't do dinner in the cellar; however, sometimes we open a great bottle of wine for the guests to start the dinner and they enjoy it a couple of minutes here." Allessandro says. "I am very happy to have the refrigerated glass case in the front of Casa Bleve, since it allows us to show all of the wine and champagne. We try to be professional here," he says as he takes the coats of the lunch guests graciously. Image may contain: 9 people, people standing and indoorThey are all nicely dressed and he says, "Yes during lunch they come from the professional offices and occaisionally we have tourists, yet they mostly come at night. Families are welcome, after all we are one big family here, yet I tell them when they come and ask if they can bring 5 young children that want to eat french fries and pizza that we don't have pizza here. We can do all kinds of pasta or dishes to help you with children and it is alright if they want to play and run around the elegant restaurant. We love children. But Casa Bleve isn't a pizzeria. It is a elegant lovely restaurant with my mother's recipes in the kitchen. We can try to do any kind of pasta dish you ask for to help the children be happy." Image may contain: table and indoor
Immagine correlata "With glossy cared for floors, white elegant linens, fresh flowers artfully arranged daily by the cousin Gino Bleve, and the kitchen expertise of Tina Bleve, it is a must when in Rome! 
"I don't know why we are in the Michelin Guide,"says the VERY funny Allessandro. "You know I think they must have 2 categories of Michelin, for the very important restaurants and for us!" he says and although he seems serious as I see his restauarant, food and clients I think um I believe that I know why. I say that it is very elegant and it must definitely be up to Michelin standards since it has been on there 4 years. "Yes, except we don't have degustation menus, we change the menu a couple times per year and my mother does specials sometimes everyday, yet it is a family restaurant. Elegant, yes, a little expensive in the sense lunch is about 30.00 to 40.00 euros per person simply because the parliament and guests must go back to work at lunch, and at night maybe 60.00 to 70.00 euros since they can drink more wine and champagne."
Casa Bleve is one of my favorite restaurants simply for 3 reasons, the beauty of the majestic building, the Bleve family and the food! These are lovely reasons to visit and try some of the Chef, Tina Bleve's dishes, to sample some of Gino's flowers he does fresh everyday on the tables, and the grace and service to be greeted by Allessandro, Tina's son.    The restaurant is located at:"O! I want that!" I say always when I see food coming from the kitchen and yes it is a real plate that you see here.
        Via del Teatro Valle, 48 to 49, Rome
 He is a funny guy! Nice and very family oriented. "My brother is Antonio," says Allessandro,  Gino's brother is Antonio, and my mother is Tina, the chef. We used to have before 5 years the Osteria which is more the family Trattoria and we had a great reputation and since moving to the huge beautiful space we  have been in Michelin." he says. 
      And yes the stars love it, as Allessandro is shown here with one of my favorites, the hugely talented Roberto Benigni!Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, eyeglasses, sunglasses, closeup and indoor
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   The Bleve family bought the building in 2000 and it took 3 years of excavating the underground tunnels to find a Roman Empire treasure, which they immediately told the City of Rome about, and since the Casa Bleve is already a Historical site, they started turning the space below into the gorgeous wine cellars that it is today. If you would love to visit the underground mysteries of the Roman Empire in the 14th century Palace, dine, ask and visit! 
                                                                           Casa mia in Trastevere

   The lovely charming ring of the family that owns Casa Mia in Trastevere, a 3 star elegant hotel and wine bar restaurant with the happiest Cuoco aka Chef that makes fresh gnocchis in front of the wine bar entrance every Thursday night. Donatella, Luciano's wife, pictured sitting with Fabio standing, tells me her favorite food on the menu? "EVERYTHING. I LOVE IT ALL. ESPECIALLY THE CARBONARA!" 
     Diego laughs and I tell him that I am happy he remembered me from 3 years since and I am happy that his English as improved since before Diego only spoke Italian. Now he says, "Hi" in English and makes a quaint little plate of my favorite food in the world, gnocchis, to try! 
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   Casa Mia Trastevere Restaurant and Hotel located at Via Della Renella 89/90
                                                            http://www.casamiaintrastevere.com/                                                                                               "I find it fun, I guess we do, right?" answers Fabio as he asks his uncle Luciano the same question. "Yes it is fun. We have a lot of fun with the guests in the hotel and the guests in the restaurant. Sometimes it is known for a restaurant that is a quiet place to come for a romantic dinner, especially the garden. Of course on Friday and Saturday it isn't so quiet. Okay and on Sunday." says Luciano and me and Fabio start laughing and say, "and on Monday and Tuesday and o yes maybe on Wednesday and on Thursdays, " and Luciano nods his head as he drinks the great white wine Vermentino, "Yes sometimes it is fun and yet sometimes...." he trails off as he gestures toward his nephew.
     "Yes we forget that it is a business and let me tell you running a restaurant and wine bar and a kitchen with fresh products everyday and a elegant hotel that the guests must be happy with, all of that reminds us if we do happen to forget" says Fabio. 
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  Trastevere is such a traditional local section of Rome, and yet although the tourists have discovered its existence in huge numbers, thanks to the tram number 8 and 3, it remains a family historical place with tons of great restaurants that serve only fresh products of the region Lazio. 

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   I tell Luciano the one thing that I loved is the fact that when you walk into the little elegant wine bar entrance you are immediately greeted warmly and with friendship by Sandro who smiles and speaks Italian waving his arms constantly. "Yes he only speaks Italian and he is always happy and always smiling and if he sees you don't speak italian he starts gesturing with his hands to help you understand him. Always happy. In fact we are all always happy here. We love the guests and we're always sitting with them to chat as they are our friends when they come  here." 
     The famous Chef with the colored hat,                  Diego, and his buddy Sergio in the                                 Casa Mia Kitchen.
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  Diego says, "Every Thursday I make fresh gnocchi in front of the guests, yet when you eat my food it is all fresh and prepared the same way as when you see me in front of you. And you can watch us make your dinner in the kitchen window, if you wish." 

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   "The food is local products, done simply and with the Roman traditions. Every one of the plates. We have Tripe on Saturdays and Fish on Fridays and Gnocchis on Thursdays...and if you want a dish and Diego has the fresh products he can make it for you." says Luciano
         Casa Mia Trastevere Restaurant and Hotel located at Via Della Renella 89/90
      https://www.facebook.com/casamiaintrastevere/Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people sitting    On the one side of the hidden in plain site sophisticated  Casa Mia Trastevere is              the quality of a 3 star hotel, with Giorgio                         and Fabio  at the helm! Risultati immagini per casa mia trastevere
  The lovely rooftop terrace room...romantic!
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"We have 12 rooms and one is a triple room that is at the top with a terrace that the guests can enjoy all day and night seeing the garden below. The garden is open 24 hours to let the guests relax in the fresh air and open to dine in for the outside guests from 11:00am to 12:00am Midnight." Courtesy of Fabio, Luciano and the very Italian only speaking, Sandro!: the bits and pieces of conversation that went from the garden to the wine bar to watching Diego make gnocchis to eating the gnocchis(one of my favorite parts!) to drinking Vermentino wine as Luciano ran home to his very beautiful Donatella, to chatting with Fabio as he wrote the chalkboard of the day. 
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   The first couple of years I interviewed Nicola, Mama Venerina's son and Domenico, and last year had the lovely experience of eating lunch with the matriarch herself, Venerina. She is gracious and kind and yet when the "boys", meaning the very capable Capos, Domenico and Nicola say let's do this or this, it is essentially Venerina who says yes or no! 
      "Yes my grandmother rules with the iron fist and when we started to remake and open the newest very chic cocktail bar and restaurant that is fresh and young and not like the other Trattorias or Osterias named after her, she kept insisting that it be named Venerina. It is her namesake, afterall, yet the youngsters named it Passpartout which means the keys to the rooms. The newest addition is to have 12 rooms and a rooftop deck which opens in the new year, and tomorrow night, the 25th of October is the opening party open to the Public, yet it is open now if you want to do lunch and dinner," says my newest intro to the family, Camilla who is the daughter of Domenico. 
     Just a little FYI, as I am walking from the Mama Venerina where I interviewed Camilla today, guess who comes walking briskly OUTSIDE near me with purpose and PASSES me? You guessed it right, MAMA VENERINA, who has received finally her wish for the naming of the restaurant, PASSPARTOUT! 
      So after all, Mama Venerina has gotten her wish, MAMA PASSPARTOUT! 
      Basically at the Mama Venerina you can find the Pizza, Pesce menu, Pasta Degustation menus. 

Il ristorante Mamma Venerina a pochi passi dalla Basilica di San Pietro, IS "a BAR ESSENTIALLY, although it does look like a restaurant, we had the first Venerina eatery here and it is a bar, and we have the Osteria Venerina and the Restaurant Venerina. Since my father runs the one here that is the one that I am at and if you come tomorrow to the opening of Passpartout on the 25th you can find me!" Says Camilla who is a very gorgeous girl that is only 21! and loves her family, the business and of course her Grandmother! 

Restaurant Venerina has some of the best pesce and seafood dishes in the San Pietro area and if you're lucky maybe you can have fresh pasta made by Nicola himself, pictured in the video! 
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              Borgo Pio 38, San Pietro Rome
    Open to public opening party from 19:00 pm to 23:00 pm and everybody is invited to come and drink some great aperitivos and fingerfood that is going to be typical of Passpartout, the newest Nonna Venerina's success in her long lineage of restaurants of the Borgo Pio region in Rome. 
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  "Okay, at Osteria Venerina, which                             is located
 http://www.osteriavenerina.it/  at                    Via Mascherino, 80, you can find great Roman dishes, the best pizza and did I mention tons of crazy fun! Image may contain: 12 people, people smiling                                
"You know me and my brother and cousin are the 3rd generation and we all love learning the restaurant business and being a big part of it. We as the youngest ones are especially excited to be a part of and help shape the newest restaurant, Passpartout. My other cousin, who is Nicola's daughter just graduated and she doesn't decide to do the restaurant business yet. Maybe in the future. Me? I love it and I have fun and I say to my Nonna when are you going to retire and me take over and of course my Nonna doesn't think this is too funny or possible at all." says Camilla. Image may contain: food
You come with Camilla's cousin to eat at the Osteria Venerina, you might end up in a cooking class learning the tools of the trade! It has been such a famous institution for so many years in the San Pietro area that it is always super busy with waiters zooming in and out of tables carrying huge bowls of pasta and specialty plates of the day or the famous pizza, yet they're always smiling, laughing and friendly. 
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Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoor"Alright we are the 4th generation and the family started in 1922 with a wine store where the people of the neighborhood could come and fill up the wine bottles," starts the funny afternoon of talking to Enrico and Giorgia who are the children of the 3rd generation of Del Frates, Fabio and Dina. 
       The first being Umberto Del Frate who opened the neighborhood Wine and Oils(big vats of olive oil) and although it soon became very popular, it was the first ever to open in Rome, Italy. And the family carried on the tradition when, in 1994, the father converted the wine store holding the vats of olive oil and wine into the store that it is now with over 3,000 wines and a chic restaurant to match. "Of which our cousin, Fabrizzio is the head chef." laughs the two grown children as they explain the way that the family helps each other to grow. Today at the Del Frate Wine Shop work grandma Elda, Fabio and his wife Dina and daughter Giorgia and Fabio’s son Enrico, the youngest of the family at the age of 24. 
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"Above me is the first t-shirt that we made when we opened the restaurant!" laughs Giorgia who asks if they can sit in the little adjoining alcove that connects the huge wine store with the restaurant. 
"The menu is sophisticated and the happy hour from 18:00pm to 20:00pm has such varied tapas as meat tartar and tuna tartar, Very special are the supplì alla puttanesca with creamed codfish, or supplì cacio e pepe but also supplì all’amatriciana. And the rich menu of dinner is creations from our cousin and star chef, who does fusion with traditional, such as Calamaro scottato, patate aff�micate e cime di rapa € 18,00 Trancio di spigola, finferli, carote e amaranto € 20,00. We invite the public to come and taste the tradition of the wine. We started as a family of wine and now with over 3,000 to choose from, I am sure you can find something you love. We know wine. We compliment the wine with the food. Not vice versa." says the two very cool and fun kids of Fabio and Dina. Hope you enjoy dinner. 
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"We have many important wines, yet it is funny since I would say almost everybody eating at the restaurant order reasonable wines from the menu. From the side of the store here they buy very expensive wines, yet when they eat dinner, which is a modern fusion of Italian and very nice and elegant presented dishes, they chose average priced wines. Yet if they come to eat on the side of the restaurant that is a wine store during the day Image may contain: food
and transformed into a dining place with tables and chairs during the night, they do buy the more expensive ones. Perhaps it is because they are surrounded by wine and spirits from everywhere in the world and they love the adventure of something new!" says Enrico. 
     "We have aperitivos at night outside and you can have a little something to eat and a glass of wine or spritz." Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table, drink and indoor
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Image may contain: 1 person, dog"The best part of the job is actually when we can visit the champagne companies since they invite us to come a couple of days and we can meet the owners of the champagne vineyards and taste the great bubbly. I especially loved going to Scotland, which I love. I love the people and the country and I love the whiskey. I got to taste some great whiskey and the coolest thing is to learn about it and to introduce the whiskey to the guests that come here to my restaurant," says Giorgia. "Yes and my mother got invited to a big party in Rome the night before the Beyonce concert since it is hosted by Jay-Z for his champagne." says Enrico. They start laughing when I ask if his mom got pictures to show with Jay-Z and Beyonce?  "Yes, of course, Beyonce was begging my mom to take a photo with her," laughs Giorgia and when my eyes become wide she adds, "I was joking! Yet she went to the party and since we are a big buyer of champagne that is why they invite us!" 
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    "For 14 years I have had tour companies in Rome, and every year the tourists say to me, "Where can we store luggage? so I have luggage storage, or "Where do we buy train tickets and which ones are the fastest?" and so I have train tickets on high speed trains, and the backpackers say, "Do you know of any buses around Europe and Italy?" and so now I have FLIXBUS and EUROLINES and every bus company that you can purchase from me. I ask my guests, the tourists, what do you want in terms of the beautiful tours of Rome and Italy and they tell me. Yet the world is bigger and they ask more questions and now I have the answers," laughs the very friendly Romeo. As we talk a couple about 65 years old come in, educated, dressed well, and ask in English where is a Western Union! "Yes, I have Western Union and Ria and Money Transfer, etc. I make sure the tourists have all the resources they need to ENJOY ROME!" 
   Yet if you need that Western Union to travel to Venice or Florence or Milan or Naples and Pompei, he has tours for these cities, too! 
 The best way to find Italian cities, FLIXBUS! 
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                                                 Sat down today with the lovely family that owns 
    the famous Trastevere Restaurant that is steeped in tradition right at the base of the Santa Maria church and the Piazza, Arco Di San Calisto.  I first met the family about 3-5 years now and interviewed the son and his father and mother, Franco and Carla. Since they speak mostly Italian, I had double blessings today of having one of the sons, Bruno's wife help with the English. Nicoletta is a doll and we had a lovely interview.
             "Every morning I come here and I do the mushrooms. Every morning, I chose the fish and the food of the day. Instead of going to the Mercato, the Mercato comes here. And I decide based on the food that they bring what is on the menu." says the father, along with the help of Nicoletta and Andrea, the oldest son. 
      Andrea laughs and says, "Yes every morning he is here, sometimes I am here early and I help, yet for 60 years my father has been the Capo of the family. He is 80 years old now, if you can believe it! My mother is 71, and she helps him every morning too."
         Yet Franco jokes, "I love to see the beautiful woman come to my restaurant, that is why I do it!" Andrea says, "He loves to see the tourists and he his very happy that they have a beautiful lunch and dinner is what I think he means!" 
             I still can't believe that every morning he is here. "Yes, " says Nicoletta, "the sons change, yet Franco is here every morning, with one member of the family. And the food? I love to eat it all. Whichever he chooses for the day is highest quality." she says. 

"My husband is the sommelier," says Nicoletta as we have a nice summer day outside chatting while Franco readies the mushrooms for the guests, "We have many wines, yet I don't know how many!" she laughs and asks Andrea in Italian. "Maybe 100 to 200 here." he says and the father speaks rapid Italian and says emphatically, "200."  Somehow you know the father knows exactly how many wines, peas, fish, mushrooms the restaurant has at all time! 
   "I reached my goal here in life. To have my family and the restaurant and 60 years of a great traditional reputation makes me happy. We all took a trip together to Los Angelos and we loved it, San Diego, too. I opened a restaurant near San Diego with a partner I love America that much." says the father and Nicoletta and Andrea laugh and say that they too love California! me too! 
          Via Dell ' Arco Di San Calisto
                   Trastevere, Rome     
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"The food is Romantriaciana," says Andrea. Hmm what exactly is Romantriaciana, which I spelled it right the first time...amazing, try saying it! "The Roman traditional food. Carbonara of course. Plus, the region of Lazio is rich in vegetables and the traditional meat of Lazio is known for its highest quality. Where in other regions of Italy perhaps rice is the number one dish, here it is pasta dishes."  
       And of course, fish. Any restaurant in Rome that presents fresh fish the moment you walk in , in a cooling case, is a high quality restaurant. The food here is exquisite. Simply. 
   And check out Andrea's very cool other life...he is the President of the Rodeo of Italy Organization and they perform at all the major horse fairs in the country. 
     "That is the way it is with Andrea, yet now his daughter is the captain of the team," says Bruno! 
     As I approach the family lunch table the father, Franco and his loving wife Carla immediately recognize me and give me a glass of wine, which of course I graciously take and drink yet having had 3 glasses at the Vatican Mercato early in the morning I am saying, "I don't know if it is dangerous for the tourists if you give me more wine if I walk around Trastevere, to which Franco laughs and pours me more! Risultati immagini per arco di calisto trastevere
"Actually," says Bruno, the 1969 son born to the family of 4 children and 9 grandchildren, "I am the sommelier and I wait the tables in the big dining room. Each one of us has a special job and the wine is mine. Mostly because I love to drink it!" he says laughing.  Pictured here with me as the photographer took many pictures and we laughed. 
"We used to have a restaurant named Passetto, " says the father Franco. "Tell her about it." he says and Andrea enthusiastically says, "O yes a very famous one, all Michelin and etc. Then it got political and the pressure for the political people to come in and take over the restaurant was too much for us. We love it here. Highest Quality and the guests are great from the highest political levels today of Rome and the world to the funny tourists that just insist on having us choose for them. The other we kept the guest book, which dated back to 1860. It has signatures of Charlie Chaplin, Joh Wayne, Mussolini, Hitler, Charles Bronson, and the modern day ones such as Leonardo Di Caprio! O and my favorite is Don King! My father said his hair was so high he had to stand on a chair to compete with him!" jokes Andrea. Yet it is a great story!

When I ask the second child, Bruno, to tell me about the restaurant he says, "O it is the same. We have been here now 52 years and it is always that way. I have seen others change and not for the better, yet us? We carry on the family tradition and keep it Italian. We're involved in many things to do with Italian culture, along with Andrea's daughter carrying on the tradition of the Italian Rodeo, and the neighborhood community projects that we do. The others don't live the Roman Italian tradition, yet we do and that is why we continue to succeed with the guests. Every year the Americans come and the Germans and South Americans and Russians and Europeans and the Italians. They love us and we love the guests. We serve homemade traditional Italian food with love and with the same passion that my father and mother of 52 years do. And now we have the youngest grandchild who is Leonardo and he rules the dinner table." And it is true as during the interview Leonardo, the 2 year old capo of the only daughter of Franco, continues to pound the table and demand attention and laugh when you give it to him and yell when Grandma leaves him!
                                   RISTORANTE 34 LOCATED NEAR SPANISH STEPS 
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  I tell the famous Cook and Capo of Al 34 not to name his restaurant that since it is another year and Al35 sounds much better. "Yes Al 35 is the year after we had the first interview," he says laughing,
 "yet people know it as Al 34 so then we must keep the tradition since it has been here since 1968." says Nicola as he remembers the last year interview right before he left he next day to fly to his Lincoln Park Home in Chicago. I remember that as well and ask if he loves Rome or Chicago.  "Being the boss of such a traditional and famous place is stressful and when I go on vacation it is only fun. Very different." he says. 
Located near Spanish Steps, the famous picture spot of Rome, at Via Mario de' Fiori, 34. 
                      Tel. +3906 6795 091
reservations requested. 
"Everytime I go away I try to learn new cooking recipes from famous Italian schools, yet to be honest, I love the recipes from the little grandmother who makes tortellinis her own special way. That to me is very special and only a couple can do that. You know when I went to Chicago I thought of taking some Italian cooking classes too, since they do fusion and us Italians are so focused on Italian Italian Italian our way!" he admits. "I enjoy learning new techniques and bringing these techniques to my guests, yet my mother is the taster since her and my father started the restaurant and she always says, it has too much salt, change it! And of course the saying having too many cooks in the kitchen is challenging sometimes. As with all Italian families that work with each other, we clash at times!" says Nicola as he laughs. 
"Why do the guests keep coming back? They love the food  guess, although I wouldn't say that we are the best in Rome or Michelin. We're a traditional family restaurant where every plate my mother checks before and after from the kitchen to the table and lets me know about it if someone isn't happy. I am daily trying new recipes and my menu is very big since I love to play with food, and some people say that I am famous since I have written cookbooks that people actually use!" he says. 
   As I am very picky of which restaurants, enotecas, funny tours, leathers, cheese and wine stores, etc adorn my Rome site, I am happy to have the restaurant on the site from 2018 to 2020 and hope you come and meet these people as they are a lovely family that is always present, friendly and kind. Especially kind and the food great. 
                                                                 The famous L'Arcangelo in Rome Italy...
                                                                  Via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli, 59,
                                                                                    06 321 0992
  The famous chef, Arcangelo and his very serious team at Michelin L'Arcangelo in Rome
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"My restaurant is about memories and the cars on the table bring back memories of that childhood. Perhaps they were different cars or toys I played with yet it is the feeling of that childhood life that I love and when people come into my restaurant I want my guests to feel immediately comfortable," says the lovely Capo of L'Arcangelo. Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people sitting and indoor
Whenever I approach a restaurant that has Michelin stickers on the door and window I am a little intimidated since I always expect the Capo and the Chef, especially, to be real snotty! Yet, although Arcangelo(his real name and the name of the restaurant) is totally serious, he isn't snotty. He is very intense about his food and his craft , yet he is approachable and interested in what you have to say and in what he has to tell you. His restaurant is one of these before and after theater, you know, the kind that is a little dark and mysterious and you are awaiting that great production, such as his famous recipes that he says he likes to be a little creative with. His walls are adorned with relatives from the "old country", and the real old photographs are so cool to browse that you don't mind waiting for dinner. I would say that reservations a must.                                                                                                                                     Image may contain: table
When I entered the restaurant L'Arcangelo today only Nicola, Arcangelo's wife, and his assistant, Hoxha were laughing at the counter. I said hello and we chatted about Nicola's famous husband who now has 3 restaurants, the famous Michelin named L'Arcangelo, the streetfood for young people named Supplizio at Via Dei Baqnchi Vecchi 143, and Ora da Re Bottega di Cibo Di Strada at Via Dei Coronari 25
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   At least we can celebrate in style at the L'Arcangelo in Rome! Just sprinkle a little bit of Arcangelo's magic recipes in the plate and a freedom of relief beyond belief from the reality of everyday stress! It even has little cars you can play with if you get bored waiting for Arcangelo's creations! Image may contain: food
His assistant helps me with the translations between Italian and English and she says that "he is very happy about his restaurant and the beauty of it. He loves his food and he loves his guests. He is the master chef, yet he is always out of the kitchen trying to talk to the guests. He is at the table more than the modern chic kitchen that he designed. He chats with the guests and laughs with them and his wife has to remind him to go back into the kitchen and make the food for the rest of the guests."

"The food is a lovely experience and the cars is  about the memories," he says. That is the reason for the cars on the table, not necessarily that he played with cars as a child, yet the memories of childhood. That is why each of his creations has a touch of memory to it, maybe not exactly the way that your Italian grandmother, or your best friend's Italian grandmother, or you're next door neighbor's Italian grandmother made it, yet the memory of a little touch of something in it, is what makes it special. La cucina di Arcangelo Dandini
"Every morning I ride to the Mercato and pick up 3 special herbs that they save to give me. I am the only one that uses such special herbs and that is the secret to my success and the Michelin status restaurant. I prepare such uniqueness and the people come from everywhere to experience my food." says the lovely and kind Capo. 
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Supplizio is Arcangelo's first Street Food Corner where he said it is his desire to be closer to the young people who perhaps don't want to do a Michelin Restaurant for lunch and dinner and are very happy to be presented with the great chef's food at a price that he can afford. Here he has his passion for Suppli, which is the street food name for excellence and the ancient Roman Traditional cuisine. Here is a reflection of the chef's need to honor the tradition of his 4 generations of restaurantuers in Rome and the atmosphere is one of a rustic living room. 
    Located at Via Dei Baqnchi Vecchi 143
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  Trattoria Pallaro located at Largo Del Pallaro 15 reservations highly recommended: 3906 6 8801488 Immagine correlata                                         
      It is VERY OLD FASHIONED TRADITIONAL TRATTORIA located in between all the fancy modern hotels and restaurants in the trendy Campo Fiore and Lady Paolio has been the Top chef and Cuoco the last 56 years. 
You know from the Community of Rome, she has received 1 of 3 awards ever given to chefs in Rome that have been at the establishment 50 plus years without changing restaurants, named the famed and prestitious, Bottega Storica. The restaurant has a cool VERY LOUD outdoor cobblestoned terrace and cozy heavy wooden rooms inside.Immagine correlata
When I ate at the restaurant in May of 2017, a couple of people sat next to me 2 hours and were celebrities from New York(very famous ones). We had much fun talking about raising children and living in New York! Very normal, yet unusual conversation you would imagine for celebrities and they loved the character, Lady Paolio and totally appreciated the family way the food is served. 

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Lady Paolio only speaks pure Italian and understands Italian, so  you better either brush up on the Italian or bring a translator, and the waiters are about the same. The good thing is that the menu is the same with a degustation friendly taste of Italy and many courses for only 25.00 euros per guest. It was 25.00 euros 10 years since and it is 25.00 euros today! Risultati immagini per TRATTORIA pallaro restaurant rome
   If you ask the Lady Paolio to take a ancient walk down the stairs below the restaurant where a historical protected room and caverns of Julius Caesar is undisturbed except from the tour groups that walk through the restaurant, push back the table and chairs against the closed glossy wooden doors and venture downstairs. I took a group of 5 20year olds from a college group of 30 yesterday and they loved the fact that Julius Caesar actually worked and lectured to his fellows down there! It is dusty, musty and authentic, the room below and very contrasted to the modern life of the busy restaurant above! 
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                                                                                          La Tavernetta 48

                                              My favorite LA Tavernetta 48 here with Capo Federico(on right) 
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 The Presentation is lovely too, along with the food being specially tasty. It is a fun atmosphere with lots of laughter, not stuffy or formal at all.
"You know after 8 years I can finally say that the joy of mine is to have my guests come year after year and when they see me they say, HI FEDERICO! I of course remember faces, except you! You I remember the name!" he laughs and his girl interpreter tonight, named appropriately, Alessandra laughs and says it is true. He remembers you, and everybody remembers him!" And I am honored to be remembered. How nice. Risultati immagini per tavernetta 48
"I have a love of Italian wines and my selections come from every region of Italy. Must try!" he says. "I came from Brazil and married my wife Denise and we bought the restaurant about 8 years now. I would say that it took me at least 2 years to feel that it is a success. We always change the menu, even today we do since it is a learning process and I am always stiving for perfection" says the happy Capo, Federico who along with the help of Alessandro translates for me!  
Hidden down a alley where you can dine with intimate pleasure and attentive service...charming.
 "The beauty of the restaurant has to be given credit to my ex-wife, who is Italian, and she is the decorator, my best friend, and a lovely gracious person," says Federico.                                       http://www.latavernetta48.com/ The owner of La Tavernettta 48 is Lori, the capo  is 
Federicao and  his waiter is Alessandro, and together, Federico has had the restaurant here 8  years now. "I changed the menu 8 times in 5 years, experimenting with dishes til I found the perfect menu for my guests. Now in 2 months I change it for the 2018 season. I know that every year that you come here you say we laugh and laugh, yet we are here on earth to have fun.l Yes it is a elegant restaurant. Yes it is fine dining and a formal atmosphere. Yet elegant people can have fun too, right!" he says. "I hired a new chef, named Alessandro, you would think you have to be named Alessandro or Alessandra to work here!" he says laughing. Alessandro laughs, "You know at one point my father was the chef about 3 years ago! I was a little sad when he left, yet with the teaching of Federico I learned how to be a good waiter. I am a little shy. I had to learn how to be more talkative and positive with the guests, yet Federico is very gentle and kind to everybody and the guests love him. I have learned much from Federico." he says. 
   I always have to have Alessandro translate since "Federico is very proud of his dual citizenship of being an Italian citizen and loves the Italian language. English is difficult for him, though!" he says and we all laugh. "Federico loves to greet the guests and his ex-wife loves to decorate so now Federico says they are perfect business partners!" 
   And the wine? "The wine is from everywhere in Italy and Federico says that he loves the most to visit the vineyards around the country to meet the owners. He invites guests to try his selections since they are very personal and he is very proud of his vineyard connections." 
    And of course the food, "the Tartar with Black Truffle" is always admired here as is the vocation of fish. It has the freshest fish possible and Roman traditional fare. 
    The service is small and intimate and kind. The food deliciously lovley. 
"I am happy in October I went to Montepulciano and met the President of the Social Club and ordered  more wine! My important politico friend from Brazil came here and we drank together!" says Federico of his wine collection. 
    You can find the home cooked elegance at 
                              Via Degli Spagnoli 48                               
                                  06 6819 2591   
        Maya Tours of Rome...the most fun you can have...seeing Rome with a tour.                    ENJOY LIFE do a MAYA TOUR of ROME
       let's face it...tours are tours! WAIT! how about painting your own masterpiece in a wine and painting 3.00pm class!
Mufasa is the capo of "MAYA" tours, "I started the tour company in 2007 and it is almost 12 years now. I heard many tourists ask about and helped many when they asked about the interests of Rome. And finally I said alright let me start my own company. Now it is 50 tour guides with me that do personal tours of Vatican, Vatican gardens, Vatican garden buses, Night tours, Food tours (yes it is dinner), Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine tours, and the cool guided sunset tour in the ancient city center of Rome."
     Now today, when I said Hi to Mufasa, again, he immediately says, "Do you want to do a Vatican Tour?" 
And I said, "Right now?"
     Mufasa says, "Yes, here is the little button," and he sticks a red Maya tag on me and pushes me to join the group, led by a entertaining blonde guide named Deborah. The group had to have at least 30 people in it and although that big, the guide kept us from losing each other most of the time! 
     The tour is a must. I had never been in the museum part of the Vatican before and certainly  not the Sistine Chapel. A couple of times I tried, yet it always seemed to be private or closed to the public on the days over the years that I tried. 
Now today, spontaneously, here I am on the Vatican city property! 

    I LOVED THE VATICAN: the tour guide was non-stop talking and very informative and included in the tour was audio guide , too so we could hear. The statues and the priceless collections of original art and frescoes is unparalleled and we got to see and visit the gardens, too.Immagine correlata It is a amazing tour of about 3 hours and worth every penny that  you give. It is a once in a lifetime tour and I can not say enough good things about the tour or the tour guide. Amazing, informative and totally awesome. 

 https://www.mayatoursroma.com/it/"We have the Coliseum and Forum and Palatine tours and we have tours in 6 languages plus if you call and ask us for a language that you speak such as Arabic and Chinese, we can do that too. Just ask." says Mufasa. 
      "Why do people love us and use us? Because we are very knowledgeable and have 50 young guides that are fun and happy to guide you. Because we give the rare historical tours, yet fun and new ones to interact with the culture of the city such as art and wine and food!" says Mufasa.
    Location is Via Germanico n° 16,
                                                                                         reservations:  +3 9 3 27/597 5 624                  
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"The Vatican is such a sacred place and if you walk around the church you can become lost. The private tours tell the stories of the art on the wall. In essence the entire tour is about the art. Why is the Sistine Chapel so special? Why is the room of Raphael such of interest and what do the paintings mean? You shall learn that the four rooms of  Raphael are the apartment that is on the second floor of the Pontifical Palace and that section is known as the chosen living quarters of Julius II della Rovere.(1503 to 1513)
Mufasa is so sweet and nice you will immediately fall in love!Risultati immagini per maya tours rome
The Coliseum is one of the wonders of the world, and to walk inside it, as I have done on a tour, and privately, is amazing. It is such a huge structure, yet it has so many human memories and everybody that I have asked these last 10 years if they felt the sense of what had happened inside the walls of the Coliseum when they visited, everyone said yes. 
The Maya website says, "Enter the ancient Roman arena, where gladiators battled to the death, emperors reigned from hilltop palaces, and bronze statue-filled temples were worshiped by abiding citizens. " and that is totally how I feel when I walk around the coliseum. With the tours starting from 40.00 euros to a private tour of the family of 3 hours at 250.00 euros with walks in and around the Roman Forum ruins and Caesar’s Palace, you can find a tour for everybody's comfort. Risultati immagini per maya tours rome
     And everybody knows that I love biking and food and the Maya tours combines these for a great day out, and personally although Rome is such a beautiful city that walking in and out of the ruins is pretty cool, yet biking is more fun and fast! 
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            LA CAPRICCIOSA, ROMA , down from Via Del Corso, opposite Addidas. 
                   Reservations if you wish, or just mosey down and have a aperitivo while you wait! 

Located at :  Largo dei Lombardi, 8 Tel: 06 687 86 36
"Now you know that anywhere that you dine in the world, whenever you can see the pizza on the menu and it says Capricciosa, you know that name came from the long lineage of owners of the restaurant in Rome named La Capricciosa!" says Marco. I thought that totally cool. The restaurant is as huge garden that is, as I said, tucked away on the side to watch all the tourists walking back and forth on the cobblestoned streets, and yet you can experience a real authentic piece of history with the Italian Family and the 1937 restaurant. https://www.facebook.com/LaCapricciosarestaurant/Risultati immagini per ara pacis la capricciosa roma
"In 1937, the restaurant is born and is the famous pizza. The war happens, and we still carry on. We are the 4th family to own the restaurant since 1991 we have owned it and we are very happy with it. We have fun. It is a family restaurant and even the wifif passcode is to the guests!" says Marco! 

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OKAY, you must find the restaurant, head to the Spanish Steps and wander or mosey down the Via Croce cobblestoned alley to the end where you shall see the garden restaurant with awnings opposite sitting peacefully waiting for you! It is such fun and while I am there at least 5 couples came to eat, young and happy and laughing with the funny google translating happening. 
     Marco and his wife are the nicest and coolest normal people. Try to learn a little Italian or at least bring your google translator and attempt a conversation, you will have a lovely lunch, have fun and if you come from now til December, please give some good tips and suggestions as to what to do with a family in the snowy New York city and the hot Miami! Risultati immagini per ara pacis la capricciosa roma
  I stumbled upon a Jewel when I came to eat today, a lovely restaurant tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the retail gems and the Spanish Steps, as I am waiting to chat with a favorite Capo, named Maurizio. The name of the Jewel is La Capricciosa. I found the Capo, named Marco and his gorgeous dark haired wife who told me they are planning on going to New York and Miami(my city) in the winter. What I didn't know is that the restaurant is of the 4th family owned and it started before the War in 1937! Nessun testo alternativo automatico disponibile.
  The famous pizza was born here, and if you wish to order it, "it is the most popular item on the menu.Immagine correlata Of course we have the traditional items such as amatriciana and the carbonara, and we have fresh fish on display everyday, yet me and my wife say that people must come here to meet us, although we only speak Italian, and to try the La Capricciosa, which we are famous of." laughs Marco. By the way, we GOOGLED TRANSLATED the entire interview the entire 1 hour and  had a ball. Risultati immagini per ara pacis la capricciosa romaMet his beautiful wife, had giggles on my google translating asking Marco to "ACT LIKE A CHIMPANZEE!" and which Marco raised his eyebrows and said, "a chimpanzee?" and which I said, no no, it is google translating something strange! A great interview of east meets west and finally me saying I shall organize the family trip to America with fun things to do! As with photos, we only see the picture, yet WHO IS TAKING THE PHOTO? THAT IS THE QUESTION! Which of course comes to the question of the chef? Marco? His wife? His mom, sister, dad?
   He laughs, "I am the manager and I say hi to the tables, although I speak in Italian. My team speaks, German, English, Russian and Arabic!" he says. "And we have a professional chef, you know we want to eat too!" HA!
  "It is funny since the Germans always drink Beer, and the Italians always eat pizza and drink beer, yet the Americans always ask to drink wine. They come to Italy and they say, we have beer at home, we want the best red wine, the Chianti, the Moltepulciano, and we only want the red wine. Bring the pizza, the pasta, the steaks and bring the red wine. They don't care about the white wine, they won't drink it. They want red wine and they want it from Tuscany. We laugh and actually since we really like the Americans, we ordered more red wine from Tuscany to the menu. Me, personally, I love the California wines. That is why we are going to visit America in the winter. I want to bring my family to New York and Miami. I have a 10 year old and a 15 year old and I want my family to see America." says Marco and I promise to give him a great suggestion list. "And yes, they want pizza, yet they love the Italian food, all of it!" 
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          Quite Pysched to have added my personal friend Chiara and Alfredo e Ada love it...
    "I do only face to face menu options!" says the cool local Italian, "When I come to the table I say Hi and here is the food of the day. I do that with every table and have been doing that since the last 7 years when I came to own the Osteria. My father asked me one day since I worked for the Publicity Marketing Agency if I would love to continue the Osteria that had been in the family the last 60 years or if I wanted him to sell the Osteria. I said that alright I shall come be the Capo. At first it is difficult, yet now it is fun. I only have seats of 20 to 25 people to eat and it is fast. They come in and I tell the guests my menu and they order. We have about 25 items on the menu and I let the guests know if something isn't available." Chiara says. Via dei Banchi Nuovi, 14

                    Chiara's father helps in the morning to prepare the food for the day yet she says, "When I am on the day it is a lot of responsibility  or if I am sick the restaurant doesn't open. I am responsible for my Cuoco in the kitchen and I must try to come here everyday. I close the month of August the entire month and in August we go on vacation." she says. "Vietnam and Cambodia and Thailand is cool to go on vacation to and actually my favorite. In addition I loved Mexico, and thankyou very much the Mexican people that visit here always invite me to vacation with them!" she says. 06 687 8842 is the number to call for directions, yet reservations? Chiara laughs, "Are you kidding me! In my little place! And on Sundays and Mondays I have personal days."    
        I say that is music to hear she has fun. 
"Yes I used to go out on Fridays and Saturdays to have a glass of wine with friends, yet I work such long days, from 12.00lunch to 22.00pm is the kitchen open. Now I am thinking that maybe I can have a person help on a Friday and Saturday and go see a concert or something fun to do." Immagine correlata
   "I've kept most of the pictures from my grandmother and grandfather just the way it is today. I added some sketches and some of my little personal touches to make it mine. Here the notice says that in 1931 you were not allowed to play card games and it lists a ordinance that every place in Rome had to adhere to. These items I kept for memorabilia." Food? Heavenly. Chiara? Delight.
                         Osteria is located at 
      Via dei Banchi Nuovi, 14
   The charming totally authentic traditional Italian kitchen and Osteria is located at Via dei Banchi Nuovi, 14 and how lovely it is. From the only person that you shall see and talk to, aka the Capo Chiara above, to the cuoco in the kitchen, it is a real Italian home that you come to eat at. "My grandfather and grandmother bought the restaurant in 1946, yet it started maybe in 1930s I suppose since they bought the already existing wine service from a farmer that had the vineyards. The vineyards are small and about 50 minutes from Rome. They would bring the barrels in everyday and they would resell wine. At that day in 1946, my grandmother and grandfather only sold wine, yet a couple of years since the theater around the alley opened and they started running food back and forth to the actors. That is when they started having Italian cooking here since they already cooked for the actors they decided to cook for their guests!" says the very beautiful and totally charming Chiara who I interviewed from 22.50ish pm to 1.00am at the little Osteria. Risultati immagini per alfredo e ada restaurant

"My tables have paper on each one and people draw and write letters and doodle everyday and give these to me. They send me letters and postcards from around the world and they invite me to every country. It is amazing that I stay here to give my guests my cooking, yet the world visits me. The world revolves around my restaurant!"Chiara says. 
    We had so much fun drinking wine and chatting til 1.00am. I learned about how the process of turning a little Osteria of wine and cheese into a homemade kitchen with a spotless reputation happens. How a young Italian girl who went to college and started working in publicity is now the Capo of her own Osteria. How life continues on. Charming.       
                                                                           Ristorante Chicco Di Grano
                                  located at: Via degli Zingari 5 to 8... https://www.facebook.com/PizzeriaChiccoDiGrano/

         Very gracious, charming, Old-School, totally Old-School...the real Capos here. 
                                           Pizza Ciarresci - Foto di Chicco di Grano, Roma
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 I ask Ciro if he and his partners fight about the fact that Naples dishes are Naples dishes and Rome's are Romes. He laughs, "Yes a little, yet the three of us sit down and we decide the wine and the food with each other. It is a partnership and we have a glass of wine casually and talk about the items that we need to talk about. We have been partners 20 years. For instance, follow me." he says and walks outside and shows me the new digital cool interactive menu. In almost all languages, you can choose whichever language you want and see all the menu. "It is good for the Russians, and although I do speak Russian, it helps that they know the menu before they enter." he says. Okay the new technology has entered Rome's traditional restaurants! Risultati immagini per pizzeria ristorante di chicco grano rome italy
Ciro, "I am of the society of 3 capos. We come from Naples, me, and Roma. And we have been business partners the last 20 years here. I love all the tourists, honestly. They come from Germany and America and Russia and France and all countries. Chinese and Japanese rarely. I don't know why. However, I do speak at least 7 languages and each team player speaks at least 3. That is every person on my team." he says. He asks how many languages that I do speak and I say English! "American or English?" I say , hmm, both. "Okay you speak 2 languages at least!" he says. Alright I am Finally bi-lingual!Risultati immagini per pizzeria ristorante di chicco grano rome italy
 "I guess the main thing to say is that the Restaurant is catering to everybody. We have a mixture of all homemade and traditional Naple's dishes and Rome. That is very simple. I love to talk to the people. They come to Rome to have a lovely vacation,right? I am sure that they appreciate real Italians that can communicate to the people in various languages. We are here to be friendly and to give great service. The food is, in my opinion, representative of Italy. We have 20 years of experience in wines. You know, it isn't rocket science. I am most comfortable telling you that I  hope your audience is friendly and loves Italy. That they want to have fun.That they want to joke with Italians, the real ones here. That is the reason that they should trust us and have a great time." he says.
     I, although a little intimidated with the great Capo, truly loved him and trusted his opinions. 
Reservations? Ciro prefers would rather that you email him to the address: ristorantechiccodigrano@gmail.com      
or call the number:   06 47 8 25033 Immagine correlata"Yes the pizza we have here you can say is very original. It is a mixture of Naples, which is me, and Rome, which is my other 2 partners. It isn't thick, the way Naples is, nor thin, the way Rome is, it is middle and perfect." says Ciro trying to describe his pizza. 
 Immagine correlata "The restaurant is now 4 years old. I try my best. I hope you find it friendly yet sophisticated. My team is dressed professionally yet for me it is a feeling of comfort. I want you to have a nice feel about the coming to my restaurant. I used my grandmother's signature, Emma, as the logo, and although she never had her own restaurant, nor anybody in my family, she taught me everyday in the kitchen. She taught me how to roll the dough and make it light and thin and crispy. That is the true Roman style of pizza, that you are eating." says Francesco and it is the first time I say that I have ever tasted real Roman pizza. Usually it is thick and heavy. "That is more Napolean style. The Roman is thin, and I always recommend one of my 13 champagnes. " 
I stop him and say, "EXCUSE ME! CHAMPAGNE?" . "Yes we have 13 of the champagne families represented and I always say to try my pizza with champagne. " He calls his director and speaks in rapid Italian, not that I could understand if he spoke more slowly yet I decide that I have a little trouble only because it is spoken fast! In one minute the champagne arrives! UM it is REAL GOOD CHAMPAGNE!  ... A ROSE  that is perfect with pizza, so if you can afford to spend over 60.00 euros for pizza, which is light, followed by some of the best champagne I would definitely recommend it for a girl's night out! Wow! 
Yes they have black truffle pizza in season now as we speak with a special menu created every 7 to 8 times per year, yet the main menu of which is changed every 
                     4 months can be viewed on the                                              website: https://www.emmapizzeria.com/
           via Monte della Farina 28/29
                                06 6476 0475
"I worked as a selector of tomatoes and fresh supplies for restaurants with my own company many years. I wasn't a rich person. And I worked with some of the best restaurants in Rome in terms of respected tradition and highest quality, one of which is, Pier Luigi Salumeria Roscioli.  
"When I started the restaurant I felt that maybe 3 of the restaurants in the city were up to my level and I wanted to make mine the same level that I respected. I believe that in the last 4 years I have done that. Risultati immagini per emma pizzeria romaEvery night we are full with reservations, yet it is funny since the Americans come and they say, Can we slide in between reservations? and while most other cultures ask for the full reservation time, the Americans are more than happy to have 1 hour of the best food and wine and on to their night of enjoying Rome." says Francesco. I say that we only receive 2 weeks of vacation every year while most countries have 4 to 6. Maybe that is why when we see a great deal we grab it, use it and be thankful for the time we had. 
"At Emma's it is ultimately about a personal graciousness that I try to give my guests, I respect the people that helped me and are my friends and I respect my guests. From the personal art collection of Keith Haring on my walls to the Roy Lichtenstein that I bought as a congratulations gift on my 3rd year of my restaurant. Each painting is of my collection." says Fancesco.  I say why doesn't that surprise me! He chooses the menu, the decor, the music, the team, and yet he stays as a team. With his team. Risultati immagini per emma pizzeria roma
Francesco says, "My guests are always nice and especially Americans. They seem to be happy all the time and ask questions and they never are in a bad mood. And although some are casual occaisionally they come dressed to the T's, the way most Italians dress all the time. Every American compliments the team and me. Every time they take a minute to say "how amazing!" I would love to visit America and have it planned for next March!" A lovely blonde American woman and her husband were eating lunch and she chimed in, "I am from South Carolina. And I can say yes Americans are nice, the ones who travel outside of America are nice!" and I started giggling.
       I say later to Francesco, "Well that is alright because the only ones that you meet are the ones that travel outside of America!"  "The Italians love the quiet elegance and decor, you know we are known for dressing nicely, I guess because we feel, especially in Rome, that we are surrounded by such beauty everyday we need to blend in." he says laughing. "Every culture is different and I am a little shy, so I sit behind and love to stay in the background. Yet the menu is mine. The music is mine. I don't come in one day and say I wonder what music I shall have today, I already know. If they come to say Hi I appreciate every culture and country, yet at heart my team interacts more with the guests. And my team is great.!"   As he says that he asks the director to bring me food and soon arrives a bio pizza, a super bio pizza actually. IL MONTE DELLA FARINA - Le nostre pizze speciali SuperBio 12,00 Mozzarella di bufala Dop di Paestum, pomodoro a piennolo del Vesuvio Bio Casa Barone, olio Castello di Monsanto e basilico
"I usually give the region of where the ingredients come from and in addition from which farmer. If my competitor uses these, I don't care. It is for the guests. Some guests really want to know and some just want to eat the pizza!" he says seriously. 

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                 The Capos and the team and as you can see the beauty of the Taverna Angelica                           Risultati immagini per taverna angelica
"The food is Roman yet we have a little different presentation with the wine and the food. The wine is chosen from me and I try to visit as many small wineries as I can, in addition, I have many who come here and invite me to the vineyards. All of the wine is found in Italy and I am usually the one who finds it!" she laughs. "The wine usually can not be found in the super markets ever. If you love the wine here you should either buy another bottle, since the vineyards rarely make more than 300,000 bottles that I chose per year, or ask me for the contact of the vineyard and I can give that to you." says Mariella. Risultati immagini per taverna angelica

"The food is from many regions of Italy including, of course, Rome, yet we needed to respect the Roman tradition as that city hosts us, and at the same time do our own cuisine, and the menu has items from Sicilia, Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Piemonte, and Lazio naturally. The chef does an amazing job presenting the plate. Simply beautiful and I love when people take time out to compliment me with the things that they do write. They send me emails from America, as I told you, and always ask for the place where they can buy the wine. I am very happy to hear guests when they come for dinner to say someone recommended their visit. As we are usually only open for dinner, I guess we can be a little more elegant at night and I try to be very personal and professional with the table." she says. "In addition, the team speaks, Italian, Dutch, English, Spanish and French! I speak 3 languages and Francesco, the waiter speaks 5! So, it is truly a bilingual restaurant where everybody can feel comfortable." 
Mariella, the lady Capo, is very formal and professional as is the first impression of the swanky copper gilded restaurant, "Yes I added the copper 16 years ago since I loved working with copper. I grew up in Naples and Rome and the United States where I was a journalist! Yes believe me,"she says laughing since I am a real journalist! "When I came back to Rome I met my partner, Guido, who asked if I wanted to open a restaurant with him and I said yes.   We started the Taverna Angelica 16 years now and the copper touches on the tables and walls have been here since then. My good friend is a artist and the pieces of her art are mixed in with my copper sculptures on the walls. I think it gives it a elegant mood to the restaurant." I do too since the restaurant is beautiful and in 2007 received its first entry into Michelin. 
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"What I really enjoy is when I present a wine to the table that I have suggested would be good for their dinner entry and they love it. They always compliment me and sometimes email me when they are back in the United States and want me to ship them wine! That is when I give the vineyards email. They do that, I am a restaurant!" she laughs. A very elegant restaurant and a very nice team. "Yes my entire team is great and my partner is lovely and Francesco, who you said Hi to, is wonderful. The chef is from Rome, of course, and we work with him on the selections of the menu. He does 4 different ones, one for each season. We show you the menu on the website, too." she says.  They use products from some of the best farms around the world and it is arguably the best restaurant near the Vaticano so please be prepared to make reservations and here is how! 
                              06 68 74 514
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                                         My lovely friend of 3 years, Andrea, and his Musical Kitchen can be seen every night at I Vicini Bistrotright near the Panthenon...if you walk from La Fetrinelli Bookstore down the cobblestoned charming alley take the first on the left and find the very Provincial Bistrot run by a famous Vineyard's nephew, named Andrea. The Vineyard,  http://www.ivicinicortona.it/en/467-2/ run by his uncle is the famous Cortona family and produces, "about 22,000 bottle of the best wine of the world, now we received a 89% rating for the year, " says Andrea proudly. 
     "I chose to carry, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot for the year of 2017. All the wines are excellent and I would give you a glass but we ran out of these today. Tomorrow they come again. It is nice to have the family provide the wine, yet we must share with everybody in the world the 22,000 bottles every year!" says Andrea. I am thinking that maybe in the future that shall not be the case since he has grown the last couple of years since I first met him.                        
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Now the kitchen is big and modern and has, "two of my employees that have been with me the last 6 months. One is Valerio and the other is Lorenzo and they are guitar musicians. Yes it is true. They came here and played guitar and I taught each how to cook. Now they love the cooking, they make wonderful presentations to the guests that love to come here and I can have a couple of people helping me since the 30 seats fill up quick. At 22.00 pm to midnight say 1.00am we have the KITCHEN MUSICIANS  that play in the KITCHEN!. The guests can have a couple glasses of wine and listen to the music and usually honestly they dance all the time. It soon becomes 65 guests, yet that is alright since they stand and sit and mingle and the kitchen is closed...only now we drink!" says Andrea, a big gentle kind person.         https://www.facebook.com/ivicinibistrot/?hc_location=ufi  
                                                                   Via Monterone 18, phone, 36 68 78 26 25

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"The Il Falchetto has a long tradition from the late 1800s when the family of Falchetto originally owned the restaurant. At these days it is a famous wine, spirits place that people from everywhere in Rome associated with high quality. Risultati immagini per il falchetto ristorante via dei montecatini 12The food here is excellent especially when my father bought the restaurant about 8 years now and we changed the interior to the elegance that it is today, keeping with the important tradition of the Il Falchetto. The famous poet Trulussa used to come in here after the family after the Falchettos bought it and changed its name. He ignored the name change and kept writing his poems under Falchetto, and since he is famous, people kept asking for "where is the Falchetto?" and finally the other family changed the name back to Falchetto! The restaurant along with, Francesco who has been with my father from place to place in Rome, and my father have great stories. The important Cardinals with the ear to the Pope Francesco comes and dines in here. My father is a great man and he has been awarded the prestigious "Cavalier del Lavoro" Risultati immaginiwhich is to give service to the people in his lifetime job, a man of great importance." says Jerry proudly. Jerry is Antonio Donato's, the Capo, son and he says, "Every dolce you see I make myself." Risultati immagini per il falchetto ristorante via dei montecatini 12And of course I have to try a chocolate mound of yumminess which is lovely to say the least, and fattening! http://www.ristoranteilfalchetto.it/
     "The Il Falchetto literally means "little Falcon."" says Jerry and then he shows me a photo of his father as a young man talking and greeting the President of Italy, Sandro Pertini. "My father has known many important people of the political world." he says and I say that I love the name as long as it isn't "the falcon and the snowman" and then say "woops" as I see Mr. Donato with his white hair now enter from the kitchen. We all laugh at his white hair. "That is me as a young man." he says as he points to two pictures on the wall of him and Mr. Pertini. 
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"We have the lovely elegant deck outside which is the favorite of the people to sit and observe the city and the three rooms inside which are really quite elegant. The one room you love is in the middle with the Godfather chair, as you say. And next to it is a private room, although it does look out to the garden. Behind my father's desk is the wallpaper that we made especially that has all of the reviews on it of important newspapers around the world. They are real articles that we had replicated to show to the guests. That is my idea and everybody loves it. And it is a family. My mom, Gina, goes to the Mercato every morning to buy fresh food and bring it back to the cooks. She really enjoys that much to do it. She just loves going to the Mercato every morning. And my wife is my right hand. She helps me with essentially everything and of course my father is the big Boss.!" says Jerry as he introduces me to his beautiful wife, Tiziana, who says she loves the beef at Il Falchetto and the Risotto with fish on the menu the most. Risultati immagini per restaurant il falchettoThey give me a plate of Tonnarelli aglio and olio and peperoncino garlic, which is very spicy and very tasty and I would recommend it along with the house white wine, which is a very high quality to choose for the "house wine." The restaurant is elegance with a capitol E and I would make reservations soon before it receives the Michelin award and reservatons will become impossible! 
     The location of the restaurant is in a hidden alley at:   Via Dei Montecatini, 12                       and for reservations please visit the website
 and call:          0039 06 6791 160   
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 the friendly "Canadians" enjoying a Food Tour (prosecco)
The very gracious and kind Joseph has given me the Dungeon Tour of the Coliseum, which honestly is about as close to heaven as I am ever going to get at least in my lifetime...ha ha very funny, anyway it is totally cool, with additional 4 and 5 level views since that level of the Coliseum has finally been restored after 40 years. 
I ask Joseph if the Dungeons evoke any emotions? 
"Yes definitely. When you weave in and out of the dungeons of the Coliseum you will feel the souls of the ghosts, trust me. You can't help it. and there was literally no way out of the tunnels. You feel something haunting down there, yet don't worry since the tour guide and the group is with you the entire time. We haven't lost any paying guests yet!" he says. 

  "My guides total 10 to 12 and it takes us a very long time to actually choose these guides. They are all professionally licensed, intelligent, knowledgeable and of the biggest importance friendly. We want you to have FUN. " says Joseph. "Meet Federica, she is the coolest and the nicest person I've met here at Rome." ...and of course the beauty beyond compare. I always aspire to be as great as the people I could never become...I hope my script is a masterpiece as Micheangelo's paintings! And in addition to the Art and History and Legends Tour of the Vatican, you can explore the secret libraries of the Trastevere region!  https://www.facebook.com/WhatALifeVaticanandRomeTour                   https://www.whatalifetours.com/
      "In almost 12 years that young Joseph Kokolodimitrakis from Greece has had his tour company, they have had over 350,000 guests that have walked through the door, and these guests have made the company number one of Vatican Tours." now that is totally cool... here is the website and check out these tours. Below is the tour to give fantasy to children with the Keyhole to 3 countries tour...peep out the keyhole of the Knights of Malta tour and you shall see Malta, The Vatican and Rome. It is a great educational tour for children. 
   Trevi Fountain...o my gosh the beauty of it...they have night tours where you can see the eternal city all ghostly lit up, and early morning 7.00am tours where you avoid the pushing and shoving of the crowds! 

    "I came from Greece in 2002 to study. I loved the city, yet went back to my homeland. Yet I  missed Rome very much and the people who are always hugging you and very affectionate. In 2006 I started the company and tried to give my unique perspective on Rome. It is always a educational and fun tour. My girlfriend is Swedish and so technically we are a very international team!" says the sincere and kind Joseph of What a Life Tours. "We are smaller tours with 12 at the most. We give private tours and personal tours. When you come here you can do breakfast every morning here in the office with lots of people asking for coffee since about 80% of the clients are American. I guess we have great English speaking tours!" he says. 
     "The guides in Italy are different than the rest of Europe and maybe Americas. We have to take a 3 year course and become licensed to be a tour guide as the Country of Italy has strict guidelines to preserve the rich history and culture of Italians."  says Joseph when I ask why they study such a long while. 
                                once in a lifetime experience...literally! ha ha ha the Coliseum. 
   I Have always loved the Chocolate Restaurant, S.A.I.D. in Rome and three years interviewed the Capo, Fabrizio, and now Carla his sister. "Yes it is the 3rd generation and actually working on the 4th since my daughter, who is studying in London, is somehow involving herself in that great success showroom S.A.I.D. that we just launched in that city. It is such a success with people lining up outside the door that we have to build a bigger one. It is amazing, really, and the fact that my Grandfather started the enterprise in Rome in 1923, is rather cool since now me and my brother have our own little project." says the very charming and rather energetic, Carla, when I interviewed her in the morning today. I think it could be the chocolate that she eats! Is the myth true? When you work in a chocolate store you don't eat the chocolate? "Um, no, I eat the chocolate and especially love the dark chocolate which of course has the most cocoa in it!" she says laughing admitting to being a lover of chocolate like the rest of us! The chocolate restaurant in London will soon have a chocolate workshop that people can participate in...now that should be fun. 
                                 (working on my memoirs!)    Via Tiburtina 13 5 Rome, Italy 00185    06 446 9204
    The Restaurant, S.A.I.D. is actually in about 5 sections, one is the front of the store, which has the chocolate for sale and little provincial shabby chic chairs to take a tea and coffee with that favorite breakfast and chocolate cake, the next section is the beautiful dining room where at night you can really dress up, the bar behind the restaurant and with open windows to the people actually making the lovely creations of chocolate, the factory itself, and the winter garden where the diners enjoy privacy and an intimate dinner complete with working fireplaces in the winter. "The guests come in elegant clothing and sip a liqueur that is specially made to compliment the different cocoa from the world that we offer, a little bit like a chocolate tasting menu. And everyday we have the starter, the first course, the second course and the dessert with each one highlighting one entree made with 70% chocolate, such as the wild duck and dark chocolate sauce. It is a typical Italian kitchen with chefs from everywhere in Italy that come as guests to cook for our privileged guests, and each one uses the chocolate in different ways. Perhaps that is what your friends were talking about?" says Carla as I had told her that the very first trip to Rome 8 years ago, I met a young American couple on their honeymoon near the Pantheon. They told me that they had special reservations at the chocolate restaurant famous in the world. I finally found it! 
"Every year I change the decor, something different, such as move the chocolate molds to the other side of the bar lounge, or the artistic pictures, or the fabric on the chairs, you know I have been surrounded by chocolate all my years of life and I become bored so therefore I must recreate all the time!" says Carla laughing when I say, o that is new and that is new...
   ...come and experience the chocolate side of you! Have fun.
   A truly lovely person the wonderful Michelangelo at the helm of the Miscellanea Pub and Restaurant, Rome Italy. I tried interviewing Michey, as he is known, about 3 years now and always it is English Italian communication! and busy busy busy. Yet today on the 24th the 1983 Pub has finally entered the World Wide Fame of EmmeAnesBook via his son, Romeo! 
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What happened with the cast? I ask as I meet Romeo outside sitting at the typical provincial table, and Romeo is sporting a arm cast, he says, 
"O a soccer accident." I ask if the other guy looks worse! " ha ha Ha" laughs Romeo and he tells me the tale of the famous heart of gold owner, his father. "He started the restaurant in 1983 to allow American Students a pub of kindness and welcoming to Italy." he says in his charming Italian. http://www.miscellaneapub.com/
                      0039 (0)6 68135318                                   Risultati immagini per miscellanea rome pub
"Make sure that you say that every time a student , tourist, guest says that they use EmmeAnesBook they can receive one free glass of the "SEXY WINE" on the house. WE LOVE EMMEANESBOOK!" says Romeo. 
"My father is a very good man, and people love and respect him. He has helped many people and he opened the Pub because he wanted to meet the American students. He loved America. You see on the wall he has every American President and when the people come in they always wanted to take pictures next to the Obama picture and now Trump!" he says as he shows me the entire wall. It is a great place, fun people, lovely Capo and his team, and great food. At the late night it has great drink and music. What more could you want!" Check it out definitely. Ciao!
  "Today the name Miscellanea is very representative of the Variety of people we welcome to the pub and restaurant. Nowadays everybody can come into the Pub, yet it still has the heart of the students. My father in 1983 fell in love with the American Students that lived here in Rome and he wanted to give a friendly and safe place for the students. He helped so many with financial situations and jobs and mentoring in the years and in 2001 the Pub became a Public pub for everybody, Italians, tourists, students. Yet, today the students remember his kindness and we always have specials if they show the student card and he still mentors the kids. The menu is typical Roman, Amatriciana, Carbonara, and yet every night at 22.30 til 2.00am we have a DJ and music. At 22.30pm it turns into a Pub!" he laughing. VIA DELLA PALOMBELLA  37 is location...
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   When I add the Ice Pub of Rome, Augustino, the Capo, tells me fun facts about the club. "The usual time limit is under 30 minutes since it is cold inside. The entire Ice Pub is Ice of course and we change the sculptures to fit the Roman themes, gladiators or coliseums, etc. We thought about doing a Vatican Ice Pub, still thinking about it!" he says laughing. "The thermal cloaks are included in the 15.00euro entry fee and of course the first drink. We have many many premium liquours to warm you up once you come inside and I think that the longest record in Rome was someone partying and drinking in the ICE CLUB 7 HOURS! WHEN I TELL THE GUESTS THAT THEY ALL TRY TO BREAK THE RECORD AND A TEAM OF 5 ONCE TIME STAYED 3 HOURS."  
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     "The fun experience of the ICE PUB is that people have to talk to each other. It is just too cold inside, they have to warm themselves up with conversations centering around how cold it was in there. I would say 1/2 of the people that go into the ICE PUB walk out making friends and continue the night at bars, restaurants and pubs having fun with each other. It is 100% a social event to come to the Ice Pub."
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                     Ice Club Rome 

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                  "The greatest thing about the Ice Pub is the fact that people from everywhere in the world have a chance to meet and not feel uncomfortable in the sense of talking to complete strangers standing next to each other. They all talk to each other and laugh about the cold, yet they continue to drink and stay! It is totally hilarious, really! It is like eating really hot food and then complaining the peppers are too hot and then continue to eat the hot peppers! 
                               The 3 Amici of the Posh Sapore di Mare, Rome, 
                                              06 678 0968,  Via del Piè di Marmo,36
Alright the first item you will notice about 
     Sapore di Mare is the soft beauty of the restaurant as you step into the hidden in plain sight restaurant. It is a cozy stone cave a couple of steps from the Panthenon and famous Grand Hotel de la Minerve, hotel,  http://www.grandhoteldelaminerve.com/.
      The outside garden is beautiful, especially at night where the greenery surrounding the private oasis open to the alley, yet secluded, gives a lovely glow to the candlelights. I met a totally funny couple from Winchester, England, who entertained me with stories of the Royal Family, their love of Robbie Williams, and Adele. They showed me a little video of Robbie Williams where they had gone to see him a couple of days prior in England. 
    Now of coure we must talk about the Michelin Quality food of Sapore di Mare. I asked Giovanni, one of the three owners, the other Gino, and my lovely friend of almost 5 years now Simone, why the restaurant hadn't ever received Michelin..."I don't know, it is a perfect restaurant for it." he says in mostly Italian. O yes, you will find the real Italians, here! As I entered I thought I recognized a couple of Parliament families with their children about 22.00pm walking in, along with the usual hosh-posh groups. That is a word my table mates named the guests..."they're kind of posh," the lady says speaking in upper-crust English. 

Simone much prefers to greet all the guests, to sit down and have a couple of glasses of wine with his guests and to chat. If we ever try to find Simone at night he is always at the tables talking. That is one reason that people come here. And O yes we forgot Gino Sapore Mare, he is the master chef. The Cuoco." 
   "I guess maybe during the filming of Pretty Woman," says Simone a couple of years since I asked him about the famous pictures elegantly on the entry hall displayed. "My favorite actress is Meryl Streep and when she came in to dinner that is my night!" he says. "She graciously sat hidden in the dark corner inside and handed the plates to the waiter every time, a lady and she laughed and had a couple of bottles of wine with us. We had a great evening.  Afterwards, I named my most expensive plate after her, the Meryl Streep, which feeds 10, costs $1,000.00 and has only the freshest fish on it" he says. Risultati immagini per sapore di mare rome photos
Okay as my lovely friend Simone, weaves in and out of the intricate intimate tables inside the elegant stone cave and leads me to the lightly lit garden outside, he tells the waiters to give me wine and pasta anything that is special! he says. Alright the waiter asks me, "On the pici do you want fish or seafood?" and the English blokes and me start laughing. Um. What is the difference? I ask. "Fish is Red Snapper, Sea Bass, Cernia, and seafood is Prawns, shrimp, clams..." okay lets try the sea bass. YUM! Gino speaks Italian, only that, and keeps saying, Wait for Simone, wait for Gionvanni!" as he smiles and I try to ask him questions. Giovanni says"I am the fish man. I receive my fish every morning for the cases in the window here. We have fish from Sicily and fish from Sardegna and fish from the coast below Rome, Terracina is where most of my fresh fish comes from, 120 kilometers, everyday. Simone loves to talk to the guests and of course you know he loves the movie stars!"
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     Alright and the description would end there, however, after the GREAT FISH I had of SEA BASS and Pici, yum yum lovely, and the nice white wine, I went to find Simone from the Garden to the Stone Cave and now it is really booming! About 23.15pm. 17 waiters and team, including the chefs, are waltzing in and out of a light elegant chatter, dimly lit atmosphere of mazes inside the cave, and the CAPOS! Now I understand Giovannis statement! It is a bundle of energy. At the entry desk is about 6 waiters all talkking emphatically in Italian, like a scene with Sonny out of the Godfather. You can not get a word in edgewise, trust me! And Giovanni is on the phone, dealing with the team, saying Goodnight to the Guests, Simone is kissing the friends, kissing the friends bambinos, everybody is hugging and kissing as they leave, and the entry hall is meant for maybe 4 people and has 12 in it at all times! The food is highest standard, the atmosphere priceless. 
As I am wandering the cobblestoned alleys of Roma near the busy Piazza Navona, I stumble upon a little side street that is totally autentically local Rome, very charming and busy with deliveries. A tiny boutique bistro has it's door open and a couple is engaged in a lively conversation at the glass case displaying a variety of Italian cheeses and meats...as I approach to say Hi I notice about "150" bottles of beer on the wall. "O hi, I am Madeleine from England, " is the first surprise when I try my very bad Italian skills at the beautiful language, "you can speak English if you want and I  can translate to Marco. He owns the Bistro," she graciously says and I am happy to have her help me.Risultati immagini per Baguetteria del Fico
Thus starts a 1-1/2 hr. conversation of how Marco came to be the Capo (italian for Boss) of the Baguetteria del Fico tucked quietly hidden near the famous Piazzo yet "crazily busy at lunch and dinner hours. The people line up for the great authentic sandwiches and a bottle of craft beer and good luck trying to get a quick lunch here. It isn't happening. You have to learn to wait for that special sandwich that Marco makes for each and every guest." says Madeleine who says she "lives just around the corner here and come here everyday. Since I am gluten free I usually ask Marco to make me a salad yet I eat the sandwiches a couple of times a week they are that good."
                        "Here is the three types, " says Marco as he holds up the special bread, the whole grain bread and the long Italian bread. Each one is available for the sandwiches which range from Wild Boar Meat, to Deer to Salmon to Cheese and Meat Platters that the Americans love. "Yes the Americans are always most excited about sharing the platters and they sit and have to know what each meat is and which region from Italy it comes from and they love to sit and sip a beer and choose from the platters. The Japanese always order sandwiches yet mostly the fish selections and the Chinese the bruschetti." 
 "The cultures are very different in what awes them here. The Italians?! ALL of it. They love it all." says Marcos as he shows me the menu laughing all the time. To find:
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      And most importantly Marcos says is, "Fresh and tasty healthy products for lovers of good flavors and beers of choice and always many novelties to intrigue and satisfy every request of our customers immediately!" Immagine correlata
"O you are giving him a big ego and I am trying to tame it down, " laughs Madeleine and I say that he needs a big ego to show all the International people how special his is. (Plus as Madeleine says he is totally GORGEOUS!) "All fresh everyday and we don't cook any food. You can choose from Italy and Spain the meats and cheeses and the beers, which we have now about 150 Craft Beers, you can choose as many as you want. They come from Italy and Germany and Belgium, you name it. Usually I pick a beer based on the breweries that we work with and they will suggest another brewery to try and we invite or visit or they come here. The special thing to say about the farmers, though, is that we know each and everyone of the people that we buy the products from and we visit many on the farms. It is a fun way of life and we chose it to know people and to learn, not to there you go now by!" he says. 
"It is the Ambiance of the place, it is real fun to come here, you line up and order that special present custom-made for you and you wait for it the way you do a present. That is what makes it special to come here. And the people. Marco?s partner is Vladimiro and his wife is Catia, who makes the cake everyday. People either chose the cake or a beer when they come in." she says laughing. 
He says to say he "puts his Heart into his life" and that is true. 
  Yes these are really that big! "It is a real treat to come here, such as trendy street platters with fish meats and cheeses that have amazing quality and taste and since I know the beer they people ask me which beer goes with the food choice. I help them to select with the beer or the spritz or the wine. Madeliene loves the spritz and the red wine." says Marco. "Yes yet his spritz is VERY strong!" she warns me. "I just make it that way for her," he jokes and while we are joking he says that is life, it is fun. He has fun with his role and sometimes dances with his guests! "You must come to dinner here!" he says and I say yes of course. He gives me a beer to try and although my choice is a pink beer it is very strong...the fruity rose petals one is pretty good though! 
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   "It is, of course, about the music, since we are the music club. However, the international eclectic kitchen has been a hit since 41 years and you can find such things to eat as fish and chips or Tbone steak from America.Everybody who comes loves to hear and dance to live music and we love to offer reasonable drinks with great food to enjoy the lovely night out." says Marco, who admits that after 41 years it is a little tiring to own a famous pub.
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I have known Marco about 3 years now and he told me the story of the famous Music §Club named Fonclea,which used to be the sponsor of the outdoor music festival at Rome every year for 40 years. It started as the first Italian Cultural Music Club in Italy at the Spanish Steps and now it has had its home here 40 years. Please come tonight and the next 3 days to celebrate the 41st anniversary of Fonclea. Tonight on 26th, of September, is the BEAGLES, kind of lovely to remember the Beatles yet different. Every night they have live bands since 41 years. Do the right thing to respect and come at 20.00pm.            At  Via Crescenzio 82/A. 
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The rooms are downstairs and in comfortable open spaces where you eat dinner and do drinks to thelive music of very eclectic bands, Blues, Fòlk, Bluegrass, Modern, Electric, JAZZ, Country, Pop, HipHop, Image may contain: 1 person, on stage and smokingyou name it and they play it! The best is the open conversation and the easy atmosphere at very cheap prices to eat great recipes from everywhere in the world while listening to the up and coming bands from every region of the world too. The drinks are great, too. I am coming tonight to see the Beagles and hope you come to have a ear to hear too!