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A Delicious Dinner in Rome: La Fiaschetta

July 2, 2014

When ambling along the winding, cobblestoned lanes of Rome at night with the soft, warm glow of the street lamps gently lighting your way, a romantic dinner in an intimate little place is nothing short of a necessity, no?

La Fiaschetta, tucked away a few blocks behind Campo de Fiori is your spot.

Rome at night, Italy

This little place ticks all of the boxes. It’s cosy and intimate, the staff are knowledgeable, the service excellent, and the menu is divine.

Start with a bottle of red from the local Lazio region and enjoy a basket of fresh sourdough accompanied by olive oil, salt and pepper. For your first course, don’t look any further than the pasta dishes served here; they’re that good. Perhaps you’ll have the spaghetti cacio e pepe (a traditional Roman dish made from pasta, pecorino cheese, butter and pepper) or maybe the tagliatelle with pork ragu?

Pasta, Rome, Italy Pasta, Rome, Italy

For the second course, could you really go past a juicy rib-eye steak with oven roasted potatoes? I couldn’t.

Steak, Rome, Italy

Ending your beautiful, romantic dinner without ordering the vanilla panna cotta with caramel sauce would most certainly be a crime.

Pannacotta, Rome, Italy

A meal at La Fiaschetta will leave you with a protruding belly, flushed cheeks and sore facial muscles from serial smiling. But is there any other acceptable way to end an evening in Rome? I think not.

Guaranteed, this won’t be the last time you visit La Fiaschetta in Rome. You’ll probably want to head back there the very next day. That’s what I did, anyway!

What are your fondest memories of food on your travels?

Food and Drink, Review, Travel

Where to Eat Lunch in Rome: Kmzero, Trastevere

June 19, 2014

Ah, Trastevere. What a charming little Roman neighbourhood. Slowly strolling along the uneven cobblestone paths that snake their way through this old, medieval quarter is a must when visiting Rome. Hours will magically disappear as you get lost in this beautiful, romantic part of the city.

But one needs some sustenance at some point. Feet start aching from countless kilometres of walking (Rome is a city to be explored on foot, that’s for sure), and bellies will start rumbling because a cornetto and cappuccino is not the most filling of breakfasts. To revitalise, a delicious, nutritious lunch at Kmzero is exactly what is needed.

KMzero Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Kmzero is a delightful little hole in the wall owned by a Roman couple with a passion for organic and regional produce. The vast majority of the food served here comes from their farm or from their close friends’ farms, which are located on the outskirts of Rome.

KM0, Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Once you step inside this small, homely space that is only furnished with three or four tables, you will be greeted warmly and advised that there is no menu here. In fact, there is only one option if your belly is rumbling after a hot morning of sightseeing: a farmer’s plate full of organic seasonal vegetables, meats, cheeses and preserves. Yes please. Oh, and a glass of organic wine would be lovely too.

The plates will change daily, depending on what produce has been harvested from the farm. Our plate contained beautiful crusty, chewy sourdough topped with the most delicious chicory, tomatoes, ricotta and sautéed cabbage. Framing this vegie goodness was two kinds of sheep’s cheese: a hard, aged variety drizzled with honey, and a soft variety topped with a dollop of homemade chilli jam, as well as the most beautiful prosciutto and salami. Now that’s a good lunch. And all for €10. Bargain.

Farmer's Platter, KMzero, Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Kmzero also stocks an extensive range of homemade chutneys, marmelade, pestos, passata and wine. Guaranteed, you will be tempted to purchase some of the fresh produce that is available to take home, especially after you taste the complimentary dessert of ricotta, plum jam and cherries.

KMzero, Trastavere, Rome, Italy

Wine, KMzero, Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Nourished, satisfied and perhaps a little smiley after a few glasses of that lovely organic wine (or maybe because you’re just in Rome in general), you’re ready to resume your afternoon meanderings.

Address: Vicolo de Cinque 30/a, 00153 Rome, Italy

Open: Mondays to Saturdays. Closed Sundays.


What is your favourite lunching spot in Rome?