Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rome Recap.

Rome. It's gritty, gripping, gorgeous. We savored every minute.

We found something stunning to gawk at on every block. We found ourselves wandering the streets until our bodies felt wonderfully sore and melted into bed. And even though it was harder to find sustenance free of dairy and meat with what little Italian we carried, we found that, too.

Here are the 3 best veggie spots we went to:

Ops Cafe had been recommended to us by our very charming waiter at Il Margutta. Although it was only a buffet and a bit of a walk for us, the food far exceeded our expectations. We had some truly remarkable homemade rosemary seitan (in my experience, it's hard to find good seitan once you've experienced it in Philly) and I was overly ambitious to pile my plate with lots of different salads and hummus (I eat hummus nearly every day so by this point my body was freaking out for the stuff). I think this was the most we ate on our entire trip. We ate pretty lightly everywhere else.

Il Margutta, a vegetarian restaurant near the Spanish Steps, offered a vegan tasting menu. We liked the pasta and the lentils dish the most here and went back twice as it was close to our hotel. And of course, the warm, friendly service and wine.

Ginger Cafe, also near the Spanish Steps, had a buzz with people queuing to get in, but we decided it would be worth the wait as they had organic and vegan options for us (hummus baguettes, marinated tofu and olive salad, juices and soy smoothies) so we had a nice lunch there one day and stopped for soy lattes another time.

We had a lovely stay at Hotel Eden near the Borghese Gardens and Via Veneto. It's worth having breakfast or a cocktail here for the incredible view, and it was very easy to walk to all of the sites from here. Overall, it was my ideal kind of getaway - unplanned, unfettered, and deliciously unknown. I always love the idea of winging it, but we rarely do just that.