Roman sunrise was at 5:34 and the sunset will be at 20:44. The Ave Maria bell – which will someday ring again in better times – ought to sound at 2100.
It is the feast of St. Quirinus.
Yesterday was a 1st Friday.
I was on my way to my fish shop. Here’s a video.
At the end, I leave you will a fine inscription in Latin.
QUAE MODO PUTRIS ERAS ET OLENTI SORDIDA COENO
PLENAQUE DEFORMI MARTIA TERRA SITU
EXUIS HANC TURPEM XISTO SUB PRINCIPE FORMAM
OMNIA SUNT NITIDIS CONSPICIENDA LOCIS
DIGNA SALUTIFERO DEBENTUR PREMIA XISTO
O QUANTUM EST SUMMO DEBITA ROMA DUCI
– “VIA FLOREA”
– BAPTISTA ARCHIONIUS ET LUDOVICUS MARGANIUS CURATORES VIAR(UM) ANNO SALUTIS MCCCCLXXXIII
Not sure what’s going on here. I came for clams.
There’s nothing quite like a box of octopi.
One of my favorites: orata.
These do not approve of the consistory list either.
The first phase of lunch. I survived on this in Rome for years.
My green grocer in the Campo, La Signora. I am glad the family business survived. However, do pray for her and her family. She lost her husband of 61 years, Roberto, to a heart attack a month ago. I said Mass for him yesterday.
Pilgrims. Not sure what flavor, but the priest was in charge.
Phase two of lunch. Not having good drinking glasses, I improvised.
Pizza bianca with zucchini flowers and anchovies.
I stopped by Cafe Sant’Eustachio for some supplies. Really busy.
And then the church after which the square and shop are named. There is a great painting of St. Michael the Archangel in a pretty much abandoned chapel.
Great confessionals. In good repair, but because of the way the other furnishings are arranged, I think they are not used.
Start with some garlic and slow heat, a splash of wine later and evaporate the alcohol in it. Remove the garlic and leave the liquid. Add a little starchy water from the just under al dente pasta pan.
The clams had purged in salt water all day. In they go. Cover. It took about a minute with high heat to open them all.
Combine the pasta and let the oil and starches emulsify for a creamy result.
Parsley, finely chopped. A squeeze of lemon. Bread for the mopping up and the cheese to follow. Supper.