Ah Rome, one of the most beautiful and charming places in the world surely. It's a pity we only had four days here because I am very sure we tasted just the tip of the iceberg of the good food in Rome. There were so many restaurants, cafes and pizzerias that we were just so spoilt for choice, and not to mention probably missing the many other hidden gems like those in the vicinity of Santa Maria Travestere. Still, I think we got a number of pretty good places as well, so stay tuned and keep reading this series from Italy :)
Caffe Argentina is situated close to the public bus-stop along the Via dei Cestari main road and was the location of our first meal in Rome. We didn't really bother to look around to be honest, we rushed into the first restaurant we saw because boy were we hungry after that long train ride from Naples. Its simple interior is inviting and cosy enough, but service can be terribly slow at times and waiters refuse to go out of their designated areas (or tables) to serve you. I finished a whole can of Coke (it costs €8 a can here, mind you!) while just waiting for my food to arrive.
The wait was well, quite worthwhile, only quite. The wood-fired pizza was good but I wished it wasn't too crisp thin. Two things got my thumbs up, one, the mushrooms that taste juicier than they look, and two, the deliciously smooth cheese. Satisfying enough.
Paillard di Pollo ai Funghi
This is really chicken breast sautéd with mushroom sauce, but the travel buddy was disappointed that the slightly tough chicken meat could not complement the delectable mushroom sauce better. It seems that I've been getting the better dishes so far!
The tiramisu here is of a more mousse-type variant with negligible signs of saviordi. Still, it was wiped clean because of its sweetness and alluring smoothness.
As mentioned, slow. Waiters will only tend to their assigned tables, so if your waiter is busy while another one is whistling at a corner, too bad.
€10 for the funghi pizza
€11 for the paillard di pollo ai funghi
€6 for the tiramisu
€8 for a can of coke (!!)
€2 for a bottle of mineral water
Along Via dei Cestari, near the public bus-stop.
Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.