|“So what?” vegan restaurant in Rome, Pigneto|
Where to eat in Pigneto?
You can guess I’m not a big fan of Pigneto; it quickly became mainstream despite (and -in the same time- thanks to) its claimed undergroundness, thus I’m not going there so often, even if -when I do- I eventually end up by kind of liking the area. Surprisingly though, last week I’ve been in the Pigneto neighborhood twice, to attend the openings of two restaurants, both managed by people I somehow know: the vegan restaurant “So What?!” (via Ettore Giovenale 56/58) and the brewery with kitchen “Birstrò” (via Luigi Filippo De Magistris 64).
|Grandma Bistrot in Rome, Quadraro|
I must say we really looked forward to this eating experience, so let’s start admitting that maybe our expectations were too high… This, and the fact that, out of a table of 5 people, 4 professionally work with food (ok, I’ve numbered also myself among “the foodie 5” and I’m not actually cooking food for living, but still…) and the one left is engaged with a cook.
|San Lorenzo, Rome|
Where to go in San Lorenzo when you are not anymore an uni student?
After the hell of a weekend at work, I finally had the time to relax and spend a couple of days with my Macedonian friend Elena who was in town for a long weekend. I was feeling guilty for ignoring her during her first days in Rome and I really wanted to make it up to her with an underground tour of the city, as she already had plenty of time during the previous days to visit the touristic part by herself. It wasn’t a marathon, though, thus the first day started slowly with a tasty brunch at my place, followed by a coffee with my mother at Dagnino, the Sicilian bar under Piazza della Repubblica’s elegant porch. From here we walked towards San Lorenzo, which I figured out being the proper point of departure of any underground tour of the capital, since all Romans in their teens, all undergraduates coming here studying from all over Italy and all Erasmus students coyly start discover the other side of Rome from this neighborhood.
What to see in northern Rome?
Last week was hectic; at one point I just needed to get away from the chaos of the town centre and enjoy a relaxing walk somewhere not so far away, somewhere I could have reached with less effort than a proper get-away destination, maybe a place along a river, with a beautiful park and nice alleys to simply get lost.
That’s how the area of Pietralata and Montesacro came up to my mind…