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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
First of all, make your dinner reservations early when selecting the most popular restaurants in Rome. We learned the hard way. We got the phone slammed on us several times while trying to secure reservations at some very popular places. But in a way it turned out great because we stumbled upon this little place - La Carbonara.
This turned out to be a super little place. And our server made the evening one to remember. His name was Massimo Rizzo. He was funny, helpful and a perfect host for the evening.
When you walk in the place you are immediately confronted with a buffet of appetizers spread out on a table. It was a traditional antipasti bar. Tons of various Italian pasta salads, whole braised artichokes, and a dozen or more other choices. I nibbled away at it and found it interesting and good.
For my main selection I chose veal saltimbocca. Razor thin slices of veal shadowed by fresh sage leaves and secured with a toothpick. I usually don't eat veal. While I'm not a PETA member I don't really appreciate how baby calves are raised for veal. But I wanted to try a famous Italian veal dish in a genuine Italian trattoria and it was good. My wife chose chicken and enjoyed it. Unlike at some other restaurants we sampled in Italy, this chicken was bigger than a sparrow!
For dessert we wanted to sample bonafide tiramisu and it was very good. Certainly a lot different than we get here in the U.S. At La Carbonara, it was simply a small cake coated in powdered chocolate with a sinfully rich later of butter cream inside.
With wine our fun dinner at this great little restaurant came to only about $60 U.S.
I hope you'll try this place when you're in Rome. It's located in a lovely little ancient square. And try and get Massimo Rizzo to be your server. I can't say enough about his zest for life and treating people nicely!
La Carbonara is located at Plazza Campo de Fiori 23. Their phone number is 06/686/4783. Reservations are recommended. Website here.
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