Nothing is more Italian, than a hearty plate of spaghetti after a long day touring the sites of the eternal city. I know some of you might think that this is not a worthy bucket list item, but hear me out.
Let me paint a picture for you, one that is only a distant memory to me know. I was in Rome, only about 18 years old overwhelmed by the beauty in every direction I looked. Literally, tripping over history with every step I took.
From the astounding colosseum, to the ever so calming Piazza Navona the city was breath taking in every way possible, and ever slightly overwhelming. But one thing I couldn’t ignore from the beauty of my surroundings, was my tummy when it started rumbling. Let’s just say I mastered the ‘Eat’ part of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ before it was cool.
However, luck was on our side, that fateful summer, when just a few blocks away from our quaint hotel was heaven in the form of a cafe. It was the love story I’ve only read about before in Nicholas Sparks books, Andreas Cafe. Nothing special from the outside, but from the crowd of locals and diplomats alike sitting on the patio, we knew that this was where it’s at.
Ordering a quart of the house red (when in rome after all) we dug into the menu trying to decipher what we could understand. Luckily, spaghetti is the same in every language, and I knew I was in for a treat. But as they say, patience is a virtue, so before our main, we so calmly passed time by sampling so of Rome’s finest anti-pasta, including one of my favourites, prosciutto melon, a seemingly strange combination, but literally perfection with every bite, and still one of my favourites to this day.
In a flash our main course was ready, the worlds most perfect plate of spaghetti. Noodles cooked to perfection, with the absolute best tomato sauce I have ever tasted. Every bite only got better and better, until sadly it was devoured.
To us, things on your bucket list should be something you are going to remember for the rest of your life. What may seem like a simple plate of spaghetti to one person, is the taste of Rome and an ideal holiday to another!
Andrea’s you treated us well during that holiday. Although I’m really not 100% sure where you are located, I’ll be sure to return on day, and maybe try another main from your menu…maybe not!