Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Last Roma

Photo (courtesy of Galleria Borghese): Daphne and Apollo, Bernini

Ecstacy of St. Theresa, Bernini at Santa Maria della Vittoria , a stop at San Luigi dei Francesi, the official church of France, for an awe inspiring view of Carravaggio's typtic about the life of St. Matthew (The Calling of St. Matthew, The Inspriation of St. Matthew, The Martyrdom of St. Matthew) a walk through Piazza Navona, lunch at Ristorante Montevecchio and then on to the Galleria Borghese with its Caravaggios, Bernini sculptures including the breathtaking Daphne and Apollo, and Canova's stunning statue of Pauline Bonaparte Borghese.

Click here to see some of the massive collection at Galleria Borghese

Ristorante Montevecchio is housed in a 15th century building on a cobblestoned piazza. What a tiny jewel of a restaurant. It goes to show how solid restaurant research pays off (I used
Chowhound and Dining City for a lot of my Italy dining out research and this review from NPR is stellar). A family run restaurant, we shared the intimate dining room with the owners children and well-behaved grandchildren and savored a leisurely Roman Sunday lunch. I had the "Bucatini All'Amatriciana " -- thick, spaghetti shaped pasta with a hole ("buca" means hole) in it served with pancetta bacon, pecorino cheese, hot chili peppers and tomato sauce and a side of sauted endive. Henry, once again, had artichokes and Vitello Milanese, or fried veal for his main course.

Ristorante Montevecchio
Piazza Montevecchio 22a

Phone: 06.6861319

The New York Times published a
recipe for Bucatini Amatriciana a year ago that substitutes guanciale for pancetta. Guanciale is a pork product also but from the cheek of the pig. I want to try this when I get home.

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