Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Night of Pizza and Gelato in Trastevere, Rome

The Trastevere neighborhood of Rome is jam-packed with cool cafes and restaurants, as well as locals and tourists roaming the street in search of food, drink and reverie.

Back in 2010, I had my first encounter with this Roman neighborhood, as my boyfriend (at the time - now husband) and I had done some research on the best pizza places in Rome. Now, I know what you're thinking. Rome isn't known for pizza; that's Naples. And yes, I know that. But it was his first trip to Italy and I had a hankering for some crispy dough piled with tomato sauce and cheese. So, I did my research and found Dar Poeta. We took our chances and headed over to this popular spot located at Vicolo del Bologna, 45. There are two locations now, apparently, according to Dar Poeta's website.

After waiting a bit for a table (surprisingly not THAT long, given how famous this place is), we were practically wedged in to the corner of the place next to a French couple. And by wedged I mean they had to get up, move their table, and basically play Tetris (yeah, I went there) in order to have us sit down.

But, the pizza?
Boyfriend's pizza. Classic.
Mine...with eggplant on top. I'm obsessed with eggplant.
It was wood-fired, crispy thin crust perfection. Amazing.

We obviously needed to load up on carbs, lest we lose an ounce during our days of vigorous sightseeing and eating and drinking... so we headed over to CREMI Gelateria Artigianale on Vicolo del Cinque - still in Trastevere.

And now, I will actually post a photo in which I appear. It's a rarity... but, the gelato was just too good not to show. And I'm too lazy to crop it.

I'm always partial to pistaccio, tiramisu and mascarpone flavored gelato, but I always have room for dark chocolate, hazelnut and stracciatella. What about you?

As the Romans might say, Cin Cin! 

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