This summer I finally took that quintessential college summer abroad trip in Europe, just a decade later than when I was actually in college. Since I’m not in my early twenties anymore I did pump the vacation up a bit by staying in hotels not hostels and eating in a few Michelin star restaurants in between the typical cafes, bistros, and hofbräuhaus. We flew into Rome, Italy and drove through northern Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, and France, ending in Paris. For the next few posts I will share with you some of the delicious food experiences we enjoyed throughout the trip. For us, Italy had the freshest food and the friendliest owners who always made us feel like family. Here are our Everyday Eating Adventures in Europe…
Black truffles showed up on our plates so many times we felt like royalty! Even in the simplest little cafe on the most basic dishes.
Limoncello, homemade Italian cookies, pizza, and fresh fish were some of the highlights of our meals. The speciality fried artichokes in the Jewish Quarter were unique and tasty.
My two favorite appetizers in Italy…Caprese salad (this one came with mouth-watering Castelvetrano olives) and Prosciutto e Melon. The melon in the United States just doesn’t compare to the sweetness of the ones grown in Italy and France.
Pasta Carbonara, Pasta Bolognese, Cacio e Pepe…the homemade pasta in all shapes, sizes, and sauces of varying colors was the highlight of our time in Rome.
Even the art in Rome seemed to reflect the city’s love for eating. I saw the most unique Last Supper rendition ever and the beautiful paintings in the Vatican, Borghese Gallery and Palatine Hill Museums made me hungry for lunch each day.
Stay tuned for more of our memories and moments from our European Vacation to come.
ROME HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Hotel: Inn at the Roman Forum
Restaurants ECA Recommends:
Ristorante Il Falchetto, near the Pantheon/Trevi Fountain (typical Italian dishes, white tablecloths but moderate prices, air-conditioning)
Piperno, in the Jewish Quarter (famous for their fried artichokes)
La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali, near the Roman Forum/Coliseum
Casina Valadier, in the Borghese Gardens overlooking Rome, beautiful views indoor/outdoor