Rome Disappeared (ish … I’m feeling too lazy to ‘interpret’ a good English translation for this … it’s the name of a restaurant.)
For (yet another) birthday celebration with some friends we finally went to Roma Sparita in Trastevere – made famous as a Restaurant X by Anthony Bourdain, and know for its cacio e pepe. Lucky for us there were artichokes in season!
So we started with an excellent Carciofo alla Giudia – fried artichoke which is usually not my favorite – but turned out to be fantastic. It was crispy and salty on the outside, and delicious and soft on the inside. (I usually like alla Romana – which is more like a sauteed artichoke? I guess? I don’t really cook much … but it’s softer, and with olive oil.)
Next was the Cacio e Pepe … pasta, spaghetti, cacio (cheese) and pepe (pepper) – in a crispy cheese bowl. It turns out that it was, in fact pretty delicious.
As was the special that we ordered on the recommendation of the waiter – pasta with carciofi and cheese. :)