Friday, June 18, 2010

A Tasty dinner at Ristorante Massenzio

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It was really hot today. It was our day to visit the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. We pre-booked our ticket in Canada, so all we had to do was present ourselves to the ticket office approximately 20 minutes before the tour began. We took a taxi, and were let off in one of the largest piazza's I have seen so far. We followed the long line of people, and asked someone in a uniform if we were headed in the right direction. We were not. We were directed to turn around, stay to the left, and follow the Vatican Wall. We proceeded to walk, and walk, and walk, all the way around the Vatican wall, until we arrived at the entrance to the Vatican Museum. This entrance was new and modern, and was certainly no indication of the wonders we were about to see! Three hours later, after an excellent tour, we made our way back to the hotel for a snack and a rest.
After the sun had set, and the lights had come on at the Colosseum, we walked down a new street and found Ristorante Massenzio. The place was packed, and the evening was fantastically warm. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, and they had no problem squeezing in another small table for 2. We reviewed no less than 3 that featured the specials of the day, one for the wine, and another one for the pizza and pasta! We gave everything a good read, and I decided on Spaghetti alla Vongole. The P-Man had a pizza with funghi and prosciutto. Both were delicious! My pasta had the cutest little clams. They had shells that were tiger striped in green and brown. Even though the shells were small, the clams were quite large, and tender. The dish was a flavourful mix of garlic and white wine, and olive oil. The P-Man's pizza was delicious as well. His first bite was full of fresh tomato flavour, and the mushrooms and ham added an earthy, salty zing.
If you can believe it, we have been in Rome for 4 days, and have not had ONE BITE of gelato. As we were finishing our wine, the man next to us was presented with the most beautiful sundae, covered with pieces of kiwi and whip cream. That was enough for us. I had a Coppa Fragolosa. It was essentially a strawberry sundae with strawberry gelato. YUMMMM! The P-Man had a Coppa Alle Creme. It was a small waffle bowl, with 3 scoops of gelato, and some whip cream. EXTRA YUMMM! We both had a coffee, and walked back to our hotel. I can't believe that tomorrow is our last day in Rome...

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