For lunch I was at the college refectory of a friend. We spent the afternoon talking about today’s heretics.
Tonight I am out alone at a great pizza place. I’ll graze and read on my Kindle.
For a starter:
… Acqua di Nepi!
I like the older labels like Claudia and other standards. Nihil innovetur.
As you get into these waters for a while you might find they have diuretic effects, which is good – for the food is salty.
On the Nepi label – Sulla was I think from Nepi… or was it Pontius Pilate? … there is a nice Latin motto, which endeared it to me lo those many years, nay rather, decades ago.
In the meantime:
My fun waiter. Good sport in a hot room on a busy humid night.
Say hi to him.
We just had a discussion about the merits of chestnuts from Segni (in my diocese) versus those from Amatrice (where Alessandro’s brother cultivates them). I must say, these are small but really flavorful, far better than most insipid interloper nuts.
I think that when you are in Rome you should stop at Isola della Pizza off the Via Ottaviano on the Via degli Scipioni, and have a pizza and say ‘hi’ to Alessandro! The place is close to the Vatican, and pretty big but it can get busy (because it’s good). They do a lot more than pizza. Their beef is great.
They are open Sunday evening, which is a strong point!
Drop in, say Hi to Alessandro from Fr Z (or don John). Roman residents…make him famous.
Perhaps surprise Alessandro by dropping an email.
“Salve, Sor Alessandro!
Don John ci ha invitato a mandarLe un saluto!”