“But Father! But Father!”, I can hear most of you saying. “We don’t care about no stickin’ Collect for Low Sunday and infants, blah blah blah. You are in Rome! What did you eat?”
First allow me to say that the weather slowed us down a little today which, for my part, was welcome.
Lunch comprised a couple of really good pizzas at the hotel. I was surprised at how good they were.
Supper, however, took place after I said Mass at SS. Ternità dei Pellegrini and then Vespers.
I was delighted that my old friend Gregory DiPippo, whom you know from NLM, could join us.
Three of the wines with which we began.
I am on the hunt for the best carbonara. Just when I think I am getting a good grasp on it, the terrain changes under foot.
Frankly, our cab driver tonight used to own a big restaurant near Cinecittà (no longer… divorce, messy… he’s happier driving a cab). He gave me pointers about where to eat and I believed him. He even invited us to his house for the best carbonara in Rome. We shall see. It could be a blast.
Then I had Coda alla vaccinara.
It’s a lot of work, but it is good. I think they overdid the celery, but… hey… when you can marry it with a swallow of Tignanello….
“How did you find such a taxi driver?”, you ask?
Well. When we were done with supper it was raining, mica a gnagnarella but pitchforks and hammer handles. We called for a cab. Zippo. So, we set out from the Piazza della Quercia (good restaurant) to the closest stand I know near the Campo de’ Fiori. We needed a cab for five.
Lo and behold, as we rounded the corner leaving the Campo, I spy a driver getting back into his large cab with a big sandwich!
“Eu!” quoth I, “Ammazza!” We piled in and, after he disparaged our restaurant and invited us to his house for the best carbonara in Rome, he started making some good restaurant suggestions. He gave me his card and I intend to call him.
Now, finally, for fun (in Latin animi caussa… yes, two ‘s’s), a little bag of sugar.
I just barely resisted having rabbit tonight.
Did I mention that at Vespers at SS Ternità there were a couple who reads this blog? Two couples! One from Ireland (County Down… would that it had been on an evening in July) and one from Texas. What a great thing it is to meet people this way!
Tomorrow I have a visit to some of the workshops of the Vatican Museums.
Happy Low Sunday.
Happy day of celebration for my ordaining bishop:
SAINT John Paul II!