Italy was amazing. It was warm, beautiful, and intriguing. We explored Rome, Sorrento, Pompei, and Capri. Capri was by far my favorite place. I just loved the stone walkways throughout the whole city. Sometimes we would just follow them until we figured out where we were. This also resulted in us walking down the mountain only to have to walk back up…. The history and ancient ruins that we saw were breathtaking. The Colosseum and Pompeii were particularly amazing.
Now, the food. I have to be honest, I was not impressed by our meals in Rome. I think that we must have been in the wrong places. This was our first time to the city, so naturally we wanted to see all the tourist attractions which led us to make some bad restaurant choices. However, my favorite pizza (pictured below) was served in Rome right beside the Collesium, so I guess you never really know what you’re going to get!
The pizzas are smaller than what we are used to but perfect to share for lunch. The crust was crispy and the cheese was gooey and the sauce was perfect. It really was the best pizza.
Now, the pasta…oooh the pasta. The pasta is served more al dente than I was used to; however, that did not bother me. There was homemade pasta everywhere! Below is a picture of Scialatielli with Lobster in a White Wine, Garlic, and Fresh Tomato sauce. This.Was.Delicious. It’s an absolute must to soak up that sauce with a slice of bread. We paired this dish with a glass of their local white wine, which was also delicious. Semi-sweet and crisp with fruity undertones.
Finally, the Eggplant Parmesan. This was probably Susan’s favorite appetizer to order. I do not love Eggplant Parmesan, as it’s a classic dish that is prepared the same way at each restaurant. I prefer to try new dishes. The presentation was adorable and while it wasn’t my favorite, it was still delicious.
My favorite restaurant ended up being the Panorama. It was just outside of Sorrento. We shared a delicious quattro formaggi (four cheese) pizza to start and then split an amazing scialatielli pasta with fresh vegetables, garlic, and white wine. We also split a local fish entree that was outstanding. The restaurant was a small “mom & pop shop” and didn’t look like anything special. The owner was our waiter and he basically made these dishes just for us. It made the experience very special. We also shared a bottle of their own white wine. I unfortunately only took a picture of the pizza because I couldn’t help myself from digging right in to the other 2 dishes!
This was a once in a lifetime trip. I am so fortunate to have been able to spend this time with my sister. I will never forget it.
I have a travel bug and have already thought about my next trip…Ireland and Scotland are calling my name!
Until next time…