It is our last Sunday night in Rome. After spending the day chasing the Roman subway, exploring old basilicas and outdoor markets, piazzas and museums, we are foot-weary and ravenously hungry. A good dose of ‘Gourmet Rome’ is in order. We have reservations at a recommended restaurant not far from the Trevi fountain. After we wander through a maze of winding streets we find our quiet little piazza. On the opposite side is our marbled corner destination. ‘That’s Amore,’ on Via in Arcione, a small classy restaurant with a superb menu of mouth-watering food.
Our waiter is very charming and keeps us entertained
After we step through the arched doorway, our waiter greets us with a big smile and takes us to a corner nook for two. He tells a story about a couple who sat in the same corner a year ago and just recently returned to sit in the same place, married! We are here to celebrate our tenth anniversary. It seems these cozy corner nooks can be magical!
The ambience and warmth of the room appeals immediately. Candlelight flickers off the tables, animating faces and illuminating the creamy golden walls. The room fills with a low hum of pleasant conversation. Eyes are drawn to the scatter of black and white photos of classic actors that cover the walls. After I order wine, I wander about to get a closer look at the photos. Most of them are couples in a romantic scene, but some are ladies in long glamorous gowns. As I study the photos, some I recognize but others I’m not sure of.
Our waiter is helpful with the menu. I order the Spaghetti ai frutti de mare, a sautee of fresh mussels, clams, shrimp and squid, tossed with spaghetti, olive oil and garlic, along with a fresh Mediterranean salad and Chianti wine. I am in heaven. The pasta is just right, al dente, but not too much. I would include a photo but I ate most of it before I remembered to take one.
As the evening wears on, and our bottle of Chianti runs dry, we decide on some dessert. We try the Millefoglie con crema e scaglia di cioccolato, a homemade cake with cream chantilly and flakes of chocolate, accompanied with cups of steaming coffee. Words cannot express the fluffy texture and wonderful flavor of this dessert. We linger over coffee for some time with no need to be anywhere else. Before we leave, we toast with complimentary glasses of refreshing local limoncello.
Our night of Roman Romance was lavished with the glitz and glamour of old-time Hollywood. The waiter, the food, the wine and the celebrities…. all came alive, dancing before us. Love was in the air.
In Rome. That’s Amore!
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