I'm currently in Rome studying abroad for the next 4 weeks. As a foodie who is especially keen to Italian food, I'm in paradise. Of course, that means I’ll be updating as often as I can to share with you all everything I eat. Although I've only been here long enough for two meals, I already feel like I’ve gained a million pounds (obviously exaggerating) that have already induced a food coma.
For lunch today I went to Osteria da Fontana in Campo de’ Fiori (where I'm staying). What made this place so special is that all the pasta they serve is hand made by a little old lady that stands by the window, who also chats with diners and those walking by and pausing, curious of her technique. It was also quite an unusual menu, at least from the menus I can remember on my last trip to Rome five years ago. At Osteria da Fontana, you choose from a list of pastas that the nonna (grandmother) makes, and then choose from a list of sauces to pair your choice with. I knew I wanted arrabbiata sauce immediately upon spotting it on the menu. I had only ever seen arrabbiata paired with penne pasta, which they didn’t have, so the camiriere (waiter) suggested I have fettuccine. I didn't order any house wine because, well, being by myself I wasn't feeling very adventurous. Also, the menu was only in Italian and I didn't see "casa" anywhere on it except in reference to the pasta. So I just had water, and a Coke in the cutest little glass bottle. The pasta was absolutely delicious.