Sep 052012

Hey there friends! I’m baaaaaaaaaack. Yes, sadly my awesome Italian vacation has come to a close. It was truly an incredible experience that I will never forget. I promise to share all of the amazing details tomorrow and Friday, but for now let me show you all the amazing things I ate while I was away. It is What I Ate Wednesday after all, so I might as well share my awesome eats with you guys from my trip 🙂

Please note, this is not what I ate during one day of my vacation, but rather my favorite eats from the entire week. Please do not think I am obese (though I did indulge a LOT haha).

And as usual, thanks to Jenn for hosting the WIAW link up 🙂

What I ate…for breakfast.

Most days my breakfast started out with a delicious cafe au lait, along side of some freshly-squeezed OJ and water, of course. Usually I stick to only water throughout the day (I am one of those people who drink water with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and throughout the day and never get sick of it. I love water. And ice.) but on this trip I switched it up a bit to enjoy some of the delicious beverages in Italy. These coffees were so good.

Our hotel had an amazing buffet-style breakfast that I ate from every morning. Although a couple of the days I opted for eggs, bacon, sausage, etc., most days I enjoyed low fat yogurt with the MOST DELICIOUS granola I have ever had. Even though my yogurt was unsweetened and I originally planned to add honey to it, this granola was so flavorful that I didn’t need to. I’m not sure what kind it was but it was sweet, crunchy, flavorful, and sooo good.

The hotel also had a great fruit selection. Most mornings I had cantaloupe, kiwi, and pineapple, although one morning I tried out a baked apple. It was pretty good, but I wasn’t a fan of its mushy texture. I thought it was a cool idea though.

What I ate…for lunch.
A popular summer dish in Rome is fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with cheese. They have a lot of flavor and, when cooked correctly, are surprisingly light. The first day we got to Rome I enjoyed a mix of fried fish (the two on the right, in the background) and zucchini flowers (on the left, in the foreground).

My favorite meal of the week was definitely a lunch that we enjoyed at a sea-side palace in Ostia, which is a small town outside of Rome. We ate at the beautiful palace which overlooked the Mediterranean and enjoyed some amazing food. First up was a variety of breads with the best olive oil for dipping.

Next was an amuse bouche which included a small cod and potato fritter, sardines on toast points with orange preserves, orange jelly with watermelon, a tiny breaded chicken wing, and sweet tomato bisque with basil and fresh mozzarella. Everything was in tiny, bite-size portions so it was really fun tasting all the little dishes.

Next up was my appetizer, which was homemade shellfish raviolis with ginger foam sauce. There were fresh clams on top and the raviolis were made with some sort of shrimp, muscles, and cheese. It was amazing!

Then we had another amuse bouche, this time in the form of a cucumber slice topped with tomato, cheese, carrots, and a few other amazing flavors that I cannot even begin to describe. One was a basil sauce and one was a sort of jelly that melted in my mouth. It was phenomenal.

For my entree I selected a baked white fish (I forget the type) with veggies. This time it was in a muscles cream sauce. OMG so good.

And although this is supposed to be what I ate Wednesday, I have to show you what Fabio got. It was just so pretty.

He got beef tartar with two poached quail eggs on top and a variety of different spices on the side. Isn’t that just beautiful??

My second favorite lunch (are you tired of seeing food yet??) was from Dar Poeta, a pizza place that was recommended to me by Sara. Thank you so much for the suggestion, Sara!!

We ordered four separate pizzas and everyone had a few slices of each.

My favorite was the buffalo pizza, which included fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and tomatoes.

Next up was this pizza which had prosciutto, zucchini cream sauce, and mozzarella cheese.

Then there was this one with fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, and parsley.

And finally this one, which was plain cheese.

So good!

What I ate…for dinner.

Dinner often started out with an appetizer of sorts. My favorite was the cheese plate shown above which had a chopped pear, parmesan cheese with fig preserves, and ricotta with honey. It was all served in a bed of arugula which was peppery and flavorful. It was served with wine (of course) and we all enjoyed it immensely.

One of my other favorite appetizers was this plate of homemade noodles served in a simple cream sauce with pancetta. It was salty, flavorful, decadent, and, the favorite dish of the pope from the 5th century. Who knew??

And although I had some really amazing dishes on my trip (including some of the best gnocchi ever, delicious spinach and ricotta raviolis, and stuffed canaloni) this one was pretty delicious too. This was a creamy pasta with tomatoes and lobster pieces. I mean, come on, it’s lobster, cream sauce, and pasta. How can it go wrong??

What I ate…for drinks and desserts.

There was a lot of lemoncello. Like, a lot. It’s a sweet lemony Italian liqueur that is pretty strong and very delicious. This particular glass had a dollop of strawberry jelly at the bottom to sweeten things ups. It was great! In addition to lemoncello I had a lot of beer and a TON of wine. As they say, when in Rome…

Of course there were gellato places on pretty much every corner, so we stopped a few times to get small dishes of it. Gellato is basically like soft-serve ice cream but in so many flavors. My favorite was pistachio and nutella. So good!

I also had a lot of tiramisu on my trip, which was creamier and less coffee-tasting than I remembered. It was fantastic.

Lastly, my hotel served this awesome chocolate cake with whipped ricotta topping. Delicious. We enjoyed it on the rooftop terrace after dinner while sipping our drinks and overlooking the city. It was wonderful.

So there ya have it, all of my favorite meals from Rome. I sure ate a lot of good food, but I’m already excited about getting back into my healthier food choices. I started to notice that the crappier I ate in Rome, the more my stomach would hurt (and not just in terms of being full).

I think my body wasn’t used to all the rich and creamy things I ate, and I am really looking forward to cutting back down and eating some light, healthy, greens. However, I do think it’s really important to enjoy yourself on vacation and indulge! How often do I get to go to Rome, for crying out loud? Plus, I would recommend bringing some sneakers on vacation with you in case you need to squeeze in an early morning run up the Spanish steps to burn off that extra bite of cake, for example 😉


 Posted by on September 5, 2012

  15 Responses to “WIAW: In Rome!”

  1. I just got SO excited after seeing your Dar Poeta pictures! So glad you enjoyed it and I am totally jealous of all the delicious meals you got to enjoy. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

  2. Happy WIAW! I just love the gelato in Italy too. All of your pizzas look wonderful. Hope you had a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Yummmm!!!! I am so jealous!!!! I was lucky enough to go to Rome after I graduated from college and looking at your pictures made me miss the the food so much!! Glad you had fun and made it home safely!!

  4. oh my gosh, those pizzas look DELICIOUS!!! my mouth is watering 🙂

  5. Your coming back from vacation, and I’m heading out haha.. Glad to hear you had such a fabulous time! Love the wide variety of foods you tried throughout your stay. It all looks remarkable and absolutely delicious!

  6. Oooh all that food looks amazing! I love the look of the cheese platter, and the gelato…omg amazing. I’m off on my honeymoon in just over a couple of weeks and I know I’m going to be over-induldging. It’s just what you do on holiday! It’s different to every day life and you have to try stuff otherwise you’ll regret it.

  7. I once ate yogurt, fruit, granola for breakfast for almost 2 weeks at a inclusive place in mexico and as much as I love that combo at home (and I LOVE yogurt) it was sooo good there I wonder what it is about other countries and there delish yogurt combos

  8. Oh my gosh- so much good food in one place I don’t know what to comment on first! As quite the granola connoisseur, that stuff looks fantastic!! And when in Italy, delicious coffee drinks HAVE to be enjoyed! When I was there in high school I tried to ask for nonfat cappuccinos and they just laughed at me– I learned my lesson then! I couldn’t agree more about indulging on vacation especially when you are not going to easily be able to have that food again! I did Paris on a diet one time and missed out on so much… luckily I corrected that on my next trip 😉 Those pizzas all look fantastic and zucchini cream sauce and fresh cheese? Be still my heart… or stomach! Gelato in Italy is just so much better too… yum! Sounds like you had an amazing trip!!

  9. HOLY COW. That is all I have to say. 🙂

    This all looks amazing!! I went to rome like 8 years ago, and I definitely remember the gelato more than anything – it is EVERYWHERE. And so amazing! And of course, I was like 15 then, so I ate it for dinner basically every day. When in Rome (and when you’re 15 and don’t know your own metabolism), right?

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