Parcheggio al Romano

Roman Parking

One rainy Monday night, we didn’t feel like walking to dinner, so we were pleasantly surprised to easily find a parking spot right across the street from the restaurant where we ate. After dinner, we came out to find this:


Our car is the teal one in the foreground, on the left. In front of us, on the sidewalk, is a motorino. There are cars to our left and right. There is a narrow opening roughly behind us, on either side of which are cars parallel parked. Fortunately, there was a way out for us, but looking around at the cars on either side of us … there would be complex maneuvering involved for others to get out. Also, notice the double row of parallel parked cars on the opposite side of the street. I learned later that apparently restaurants on this street are used to people getting parked in during dinner. Protocol simply dictates that if you find that your car is blocked in, you go back into the restaurant, and they make an announcement in search of the owner of the car that you would like moved. Very simple. Wow.

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4 responses to “Parcheggio al Romano

  1. dave, dad

    obviously you guys did not get the memo

    Silly Americans!!!!

    You two were unwitting participants in the local, life size sliding tile puzzle, only they use cars instead of tiles.

    How cool is that?

    Thanks for this great blog – I love it.

    Oh yeah how is Ryan’s scientific study of coffee preparation coming along??? Is he taking notes at the restaurants??

    • Haha, you’re right about the tile puzzle.

      Ryan made his best cup of coffee yet this past week – I bought a different kind of milk (more fat, and fresher), and he’s been reading up on the correct technique for using the steamer with his espresso pot.

  2. Uncle Ed

    It would seem much simpler if:

    “Protocol simply dictates that you leave your keys in the car and if your car is blocked in, you simply take the first available car!”

    Try THAT in New York!

    • That is a great idea. I’m pretty sure that would work out well for us. We have a tiny little beat-up teal roller skate car … but we see ferraris and maseratis and aston martons on a regular basis in our neighborhood.

      I should suggest this to the Italians & see what they say. :)

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