Being identical twins, one would think we experience the world exactly the same… False! One of the fondest memories Teresa has upon our arrival in Rome is that of an undeniable fragrance in the air, a subtle almost citrus scent everywhere we walked. Probably because she’s a romantic. Contrary to her experience I saw all the graffiti on the buildings along the way from the airport to the hotel! So much for being identical. 😂
Our first two nights in Rome were spent at the lovely hotel Romanico Palace on Via Boncompagni 37. We felt like we were back in ancient times with all the decor reminiscent of that era. It was romantic with a rooftop bar & restaurant with a panoramic view. From that vantage point, you could see all across the magnificent city.
We decided to take a walk and look for a local restaurant for dinner. We discovered Piccolo Abruzzo, a charming little restaurant on Via Sicilia. This restaurant is a local GEM! From the moment we walked down the few steps into the restaurant we were welcomed by Massimiliano who made us feel like family and right at home. His Bolognese sauce (Fettuccine alla Bolognese) is the best we ever tasted. It was served over fettuccine in the personal size fry pan it was cooked in. Absolutely amazing. Massimiliano has a beautiful red prosciutto hand-shaving machine that slices the meat paper-thin. As soon as he shaved it from the ham it was brought to our table. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!
The Limoncello served after dinner inspired us to make our own homemade limoncello when we returned. It’s time to make some more!
The service was fantastic and the staff was so accommodating. They even have gluten-free options that Jack was thrilled about.
If you have the opportunity to be in Rome, don’t miss this jewel! Go and experience Piccolo Abruzzo. You’ll be glad you did. Say hi to Massimiliano for us.
Via Sicilia, 237
Rome, Italy 00187
Tel .: (+39) 06 42820176
Cell .: (+39) 347 6408309