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USA, New York - Via Della Pace

Via Della Pace - Fettuccine Served with Meat Sauce and Pork Ribs

Given my first destination on this long holiday began in Rome, the bar was set really high for Via Della Pace. I chose the fettuccine with meat sauce and pork ribs. The fettuccine was cooked al dente and was smooth. The Bolognese sauce contained a lovely flavour of herbs, the Italian sausage was delicious, and so too the pork ribs which were a little overdone. A simple, filling meal, with good flavours. I rather enjoyed the New York Cheesecake which was my indulgent treat for the day. A lovely atmosphere just like in Rome, excellent friendly service, solid food. This place takes me back to Rome. . . . → Read More: USA, New York – Via Della Pace

USA, Washington DC - Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar

Urbana - Buckwheat Waffles

A wine bar at night a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch by day. The smart interior is backed by excellent service and array of dishes on the menu to choose from. I opted for buckwheat waffles as something different. I’ve never eaten buckwheat but I didn’t find it all that heavy compared to wholemeal and the waffle was tasty. The compote provided just that hint of sweetness but was more tart in flavour due to the rhubarb. Along with warmed maple syrup drizzled over the top, it’s a great start to the day. . . . → Read More: USA, Washington DC – Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar

Italy, Rome - da Sabatino a S. Ignazio

Ok so I’ve left it very late to try some pizza but the wait was worth it. Such a light soft base containing few ingredients but packed with flavour, you can see the simplicity in the creation of the dish and yet it still delivers. This is such a far cry from the ingredient heavy topped thick pizza’s we get back in Australia. The freshness and quality of the ingredients are evident in the food here in Rome and that just makes everything taste better, from the delicious pizza I enjoyed to the bruscetta I was served for an antipasti along with the arancini ball. The place was packed and people just kept on coming despite it being late into the night. Looking at the menu, there’s plenty to choose from and with the quality of food served here, I can see why it’s popular and still serves as a meeting place for politicians, locals, actors from the theatre, and tourists. . . . → Read More: Italy, Rome – da Sabatino a S. Ignazio

Italy, Rome - Checchino Dal 1887

I think a restaurant like this is certainly one to be visited. It’s not a tourist trap and carries so much history it’s interesting to come by and sample cuisine that has been perfected over many decades spanning over a century. If you want to stick to the safe meals and avoid any entrails, then fine, go for that but the calf’s head while evoking unusual sensations amongst some, was turned into a very tasty meal. So too the pig cheek pasta which is just like bacon but without the salty intensity. It didn’t taste strange or revolting, but quite like the usual meats one eats, just a little different. And to finish off, wow, that panna cotta was something special. Very different to anything I’ve previously eaten but having access to the local cheeses is evident in this creamy dense and delicious dessert. . . . → Read More: Italy, Rome – Checchino Dal 1887

Italy, Rome - La Fontana di Venere

Gnocchi della Cass pesto

Cuisine: Italian Location: Italy, Rome – near Trevi Fountain

La Fontana di Venere is another restaurant that is close by my hotel and the Trevi Fountain, which received positive reviews on TripAdvisor. I think this is a restaurant for the locals because it’s not so easy to find . . . → Read More: Italy, Rome – La Fontana di Venere

Italy, Rome - Da Armando al Pantheon

Cuisine: Italian Location: Italy, Rome – close to Pantheon

For my first night in Rome I chose a restaurant reasonably close by that serves the local Roman cuisine – Da Armando al Pantheon. It’s to the right of the Pantheon so if you’re having trouble finding this place, just stand in front of . . . → Read More: Italy, Rome – Da Armando al Pantheon

Italy, Rome - Luzzi

Maybe popular with the tourists, but sitting outside under the shade and people watching, the locals also love it. I was supposed to come here for pizza but got the beef tail Roman style, so what better meal to try as your first in Rome than something of the local cuisine. I was not disappointed. Cooking is about using the local produce that’s available and this simple dish delivers on flavour. Italian bread mopping up the tasty gelatinous tomato sauce along with tender flavoursome beef that’s falling off the bone, delicious. . . . → Read More: Italy, Rome – Luzzi

Maurizio Restaurant - 28 May 2013

Seafood Spaghetti (Sea) and Ricotta Tubular Spaghetti (Mountain)

Today, was a first time visit to dinner after 3 previous lunch visits. I was really glad to have experienced a degustation at Maurizio Restaurant. I thought it was well worth the money, 5 delicious courses with excellent flavours. It was a delight to experience a range of Italian cuisine with differing flavours. I really enjoyed the medley of 4 different components to kick the night off on our first course. The second course “from the mountain and the sea” was an excellent follow up. While the salty seawater from the seafood made the tomato sauce a little intense, it contained such great flavours and felt like the sea. The “mountain” component stole the show for me. I loved the ricotta, broccoli, and mushroom in a thicker tubular spaghetti, finished off with a slightly harsher flavour provided by the Parmesan. The sea bass was moist, juicy and succulent as our third course, and for fourth, it’s hard to go past the delicious roasted baby goat which is also a favourite and probably the signature dish at Maurizio Restaurant. The scallopini also contained great Italian flavours, and then the fifth course of that silky smooth creamy panna cotta was fantastic. The surprise dessert or sixth course of waffle crepe, Mascarpone, gelato and zabaione was something special to finish the night. I really enjoyed the array of delicious food presented throughout the night, the fantastic & professional service, and appreciate the generosity showed by Maurizio & Marco to us. Maurizio’s stories were also entertaining so a great night out all round. . . . → Read More: Maurizio Restaurant – 28 May 2013

Stuzzico - 16 May 2013

I really enjoyed the pizza’s in the dine out area by the street. There isn’t a dine in area but they offer free wifi and a PC. The pizza base is thin, light and crispy while the simple combination of ingredients work a treat in the different variety of pizza’s on offer. I really enjoyed eating the freshly prepared out of the oven slice of ham pizza. The room temperature rocket and proscuitto pizza was also delicious and presented a very different contrast. Most slices are $5 each and they also offer coffee, panini’s and a few pasta dishes. If you’re after a quick lunch time meal that is a bargain, then head to Stuzzico. . . . → Read More: Stuzzico – 16 May 2013

Media Launch: Italian Cooking Master Class by Accento and ICCI - 6 May 2013

Italian Cooking Master Class - Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Sauce

Giuseppe Pagliaricci of Perugino Restaurant

Marco Mari, ICCI Representative, opening the media launch and Maurizio Di Ciano of Maurizio Restaurant

Cuisine: Italian Location: Claremont, Accento Showroom

I was privileged to receive an invitation to the media launch of the Italian Cooking Master Class by Accento and ICCI on Monday 6th May . . . → Read More: Media Launch: Italian Cooking Master Class by Accento and ICCI – 6 May 2013