Craving Adobo in Rome

Sarap Filipino Restaurant, Filipino Food in Rome, Vatican, Margaux Salcedo for Margauxlicious.

 

After over a week in Europe, in spite of all the great food, I was really looking for Filipino dishes!

So I was delighted when my friend Mother Superior Regina Ate brought me to Sarap at the Vatican.

It is conveniently located just a couple of blocks from St. Peter’s Square. So after hearing mass with the Pope or sightseeing, you can head over here for your fill of RICE!

Was so happy to find classic Pinoy dishes like adobo – though it is all pork here, no chicken – and sinigang. They also offer pancit! But my fave on the menu was the dinuguan. Was jumping for joy, haha.

Here’s the full menu. Interestingly, the guy at the cashier is NOT Filipino but the rest of the staff are. Plus they have a pretty decent loo!

With Mother Superior Regina Ate who guided me as I visited the Holy Doors.

SARAP
Viale Giulio Cesare, 113, Roma, Italy
+39 06 321 0345
Open daily 11 am to 10 pm
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/”/sarap+vatican/@41.9095177,12.3894101,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x132f60603e4639a5:0x66d861f9d345c468!2m2!1d12.45945!2d41.909539

Margarita Fores’ Italy: Rome

Ristoranti Al 34, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.

Who else to call for tips when going to Rome but the lady who introduced Filipinos to al dente pasta, Margarita Fores.

My first time in Rome a few years ago for the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod, I asked for tips on where to eat and hunted down her recommendations. They were all delish!

Ristorante Al 34

After visiting the tourist must-see of the Spanish Steps, you can walk to via dei Condotti and just around the corner on Mario de Fiori is Ristorante 34. If you come in the spring or summer you may be lucky enough to eat al fresco and one of those musicians with accordions might just pass by and play on the street. A real Italian experience!

Ristoranti Al 34, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.It is also beautiful inside, though, with a rustic charm about the restaurant. Their website says this restaurant was founded in 1968 (!) and is now a second generation restaurant, run by son Nicola and wife Maria Luisa of founder Walter Casalini.

Ristoranti Al 34, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.They serve classic Roman cuisine. I was pleasantly surprised by how they incorporate arugula into their pasta!

Ristoranti Al 34, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com. Ristoranti Al 34, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.Of course we could not leave without having authentic Italian tiramisu and it was the perfect sweet ending.

Ristoranti Al 34, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.

Gelateria San Crispino

You can’t go to Rome and not have gelato. I mean, even Audrey Hepburn recommended it in Roman Holiday. Remember?

Roman Holiday. Audrey Hepburn.In fact, there are gelato stores almost around every corner near the Trevi Fountain.

But Margarita Fores’ recommendation was nearer Campo dei Fiori. It’s a gelato store called San Crispino.

Incidentally, this is also the gelateria recommended in the book (and movie) Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts.

Gelato San Crispino, Trevi, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.

This is what the Telegraph UK had to say about this gelateria: “Rome’s original gourmet gelateria – as featured in the book Eat Pray Love – is still one of the best. It’s pricey by local standards but the most you’ll pay for a large tub is around £5. Don’t miss the zabaione flavour. Branches at Piazza della Maddalena 3 (Pantheon) and Via della Panetteria 42 (Trevi Fountain).”

Since it was supposedly the best gelato in Rome AND because there was a Filipino behind the counter, I had not only one flavor but THREE.

Gelato San Crispino, Trevi, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.I loved it and immediately understood why it is considered the best. But if you have time only for the Vatican, I also loved the Old Bridge Gelatria near St. Peter’s Square.

Forno, Campo dei Fiori

So apparently if you want pizza in Italy, you have to go all the way to Naples. Instead, you can have Roman pizza bianca which is essentially toasted bread LOL.

Margarita recommended Forno at Campo dei Fiori. It must be very popular because we met a girl from Turino on our walk to Campo dei Fiori and she was also looking for this place!

Pizza Bianca, Campo di Fiori, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.There was also a long line when we arrived and people were calling out their orders to the “bakers” behind the counter.

Pizza Bianco, Forno, Campo dei Fiori, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.All for THIS:

Pizza Bianca, Campo di Fiori, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com.No cheese, no tomato sauce, nothing that you would expect from a pizza. LOL. But it was cooked in a brick oven and it was a really tasty flat bread! My mom and I and our new friend ate it right by the statue of Giordano Bruno. (We had originally joked it was Darth Vader!)

Giordano Bruno, Campo dei Fiori, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com. Pizza Bianca, Campo di Fiori, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com. Filetti Baccala, Campo dei Fiori

Another great place at Campo dei Fiori (down the alley) is a place that serves Italy’s response to Britain’s fish n chips: Filetti Baccala. They serve bacalau but fish n chips style .We happened to be beside these two guys (the seats are really close to each other) and they laughed at us when we asked for tartar sauce LOL. Italians are purists, apparently. And you just have the fillets as is or with just a bit of salt. Anyway, it’s alread yperfect as it is!

Filetti Baccala, Rome. Photo by Margaux Salcedo for margauxlicious.com. margauxlicious rome bacallet 3 margauxlicious rome bacallet 2Buon appetito!