Sights ,Sounds, Flavors of Rome ... this city comes at you from so many directions ..
~ The many sounds of Rome : the clinking of espresso cups, roar of motorini swerving between impossible small spaces , the sing~ song melodious language ..musical words running together , the church bells announcing the hour, the sounds of water~fountains everywhere~water running out of marble mouths ,cherubs and gargoyles...people calling in greetings ,men & women exchanging kisses.. the clicking of high heels among the cobblestones .. the sound of honking horns and cars riding over the uneven pavements..the buzz of an Ape' ~ a three~ wheeled motorcycle masking as a small pick up truck , the tinkle of the Hare Krishna bells.. the sound of silence in the many churches. The laughter of small children and the whispers of teenagers... the voices of the older men ~sitting on benches talking about life & food & politics ! The older , elegant Italian women bargaining with the shop owners .. demanding the best meats & produce their money can buy .
~The sights of Rome : the majestic Umbrella pines , the small alleyways that hold a myriad of surprises behind each doorway .. sometimes a tiny store , other times a magnificent garden with marble columns..the mouthwatering display of produce & vegetables in theCampodeFiori market .. the corner flower stalls abundant with the color of spring .. the store windows ~each displaying their wares like artwork in a museum .. the fancy underwear stores with lace bras & panties in all hues of lavender & purple ..the shoe stores !! oh my goodness the shoe stores!!~boots ~ both high heels and impossibly sexy to flat heeled boots that give a military appearance~millions of shoes that look like sweets in a candy store.. I want to buy one in every color !~ The Madonnas ~ on every building and every corner .. painted frescoes or tiny statues adorned with vases of fresh flowers & tiny flicking candles.. the handsome Polizia .. in their tight dark blue uniforms with white belts and dark slicked back hair standing erect and looking oh so serious and sexy at the same time ! The pieces of antiquity .. the roman ruins , temples, columns, bridges , stones , walls , statues among the Rome of today ! Incredible ! The churches .. magnificent & majestic... one-sometimes two or three on every block sometimes wedged between tall buildings and nestled in corners .. the cupolas... rising in the sky~ you can catch a glimpse at every turn framed with the background of blue sky.
The flavors of Rome ... sharp pecorino cheese... sweet prosciutto.. oh -so fabulous thin slices of pizza with grilled vegetables or roasted fungi.. creamy gelato.. strong thimble- size cups of strong espresso... smooth foamy cappuccino ..croissants filled with chocolate & nutella , marmalata or creama.. flaky and heavenly.. Carciofi Romano~ my all- time favorite food drizzled with extra virgin olive oil ..CarciofiGuidica .. fried in a crisp batter-so light & heavenly ! PastaAmatriciana...Gnocchi with a creamygorgonzola sauce or a fresh tomato & basil sauce .. you will lick your fingers ! grilled fish with lemon squeezed on top and drizzled with olive oil.. crusty breads.. thin crisp bread sticks.... antipasto~ a platter of sauteed , grilled and roasted vegetables~ a fusion of color and taste that is hard to forget ... the wines .. vino rosso a casa .. wine that is sweet to drink and easy going down .. bottles of Sangiovese .. deep red and luscious .. pinotgrigio.. crisp and clean.. bottles of water sans- gas for me .. but bubbly and sweet too .Roasting chestnuts on the corners..paninis made with fresh creamy buffalo mozzarella , Pannacotta ,Torte dellanonna ~made with pine nuts, fresh pineapple withgelato on top !!!
The language ~the words floating through the air : allora , prego , ciao, bella ,grazie ,buonasera,buonanotte,buongiorno ,come sta , per favore ,moltobene ,pronto, vabene, molto, si ,fantastico, perfecto, tuttoposto, basta ,ilconto.. vowels , vowels & more vowels... each one pronouncedseparately... it is a musical sound and oh so easy to listen to ... and the gestures.. to listen to an Italian speak is to also watch .. gestures follow every sentence .. it is a conductor leading a band a show for all to see .. it is Rome a feast for all the senses ..
Now I am hungry and we are doing what all Italians do .. talking about where and what to eat ! Ciao Ciao !!!! BUONASERA
I am an optimistic and happy person.. I would rather see life as exciting and challenging and enjoy every minute than dwell on the negative .. I love to cook and have my family around .. big family dinners and celebrations are always held in my home.. I have a huge table 10 feet long ..filled with food and family.. I have learned many of my mom's old recipes and try to recreate many of the dishes I grew up with .. I am teaching my grandsons to cook .. they love it! I have a wonderful,happy, loving relationship with my husband. He supports me in everything I do and is my biggest fan and taste tester.. he loves all things Italian too!
I love to cook, write, eat and laugh .. I wrote a cookbook in 2004.. the title? LIVE,LAUGH,COOK! what else!