Rome Day 5-7: Caponata, Carbonara, and Che Guevara

I’m behind on my travelogue.  May I make this a quick one?

An advantage to an apartment is that you can make breakfast when you want from leftovers.

Out of order.. which drink is mine?   This is NOT breakfast.

But this could have been breakfast.

And we’ve moved to supper.  Caponata at what is becoming a new favorite place.

Spaghetti and mud bug.

That evening.. gosh it’s a blur… orata done in salt.

This was from… lunch… yesterday?    Contestant for the best carbonara I’ve had in Rome for years.   Are things improving after a long period of disappointing mediocrity?   Have they been forced, again, to up their game?   I love the free market.

This isn’t trash talk   This one says that if someone is sick (think plague, etc.) you can turn them in by putting their name and address through the hole.  Welcome to Rome!

Near the Palazzo Chigi, there’s a place that has for decades sold small figures.  These guys clearly have a sense of humor and… a point of view!

The index of the sundial of Augustus.  One of 13 obelisks in Rome.

More on that image of St. Joseph.  Some of the details…. notice the dirty legs and arms and hands!  Beautiful.

Trash talk.  DON’T LITTER!!

Getting ready at church at Saturday night Low Mass of a Bishop.

Vigil of “Pippo”.

Friends… life has been good for that last couple of days.

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  1. roma247 says:

    Isn’t it strange? I can tell where those last photos were taken just by the lighting…and then the shape of the plates confirmed my guess. (Oh yes, and the reflection on the bottle…) There’s something about how the light bounces off the brickwork and the barrel ceiling there…how I miss it.

  2. excalibur says:

    Father, when you have time give us a rating of the Sito Moresco Langhe 2014. There are a few here:

    I would like to try a bottle and your input is appreciated.

    And may the Lord continue to bless your priesthood.

  3. RichR says:

    So many things in this post warm my heart to the point of tender tears. A Bishop turning to the Traditional Mass during this turbulent time, great food and wine, beautiful architecture… I needed to see this peaceful blog post. Thank you for sharing!

  4. acardnal says:

    How does Italian steak compare to American?

  5. SanSan says:

    Looks amazing!

  6. acardnal says: compare to American?

    Wow. It depends. What we had was head and shoulders better than the best beef you can get in most grocery stores, depending on their suppliers. Of course, not all grocers are equal. Unless you have a really good suppliers for beef, chicken and so forth, the meat here has more flavor. The thickness of the cut, the cooking technique and ancillary ingredients play their part, too. That said, I’ve done a pretty good job back home with grocery case beef and a decent grill.

  7. DebbieInCT says:

    thank you, Fr. Z! Especially for the details of the awesome painting of St. Joseph, oh I think I could stand there for hours looking at that painting. Only God knows if I will have that chance :)

  8. adriennep says:

    Not fair…Father Z should have a travel show and map of all his amazing food stops along the pilgrimage…

  9. grateful says:

    the gin and tonic.

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    The obelisk of Augustus’ sundial came from Heliopolis (now a suburb of Cairo, its older than the pharaohs). Supposedly, on Augustus’ birthday the sundial casts a shadow pointing towards the Ars Pacis Augustae.

    Heliopolis might be the City of the Sun in Isaiah 19:18.

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