The one tour we booked while in Rome was to visit the Vatican City, and we were very glad we did. We were up bright and early, and assembled about 8:30. After we were all stamped we headed on over ... the crowds at this time of the morning to walk in were already in their thousands, winding around and around the streets. We got to walk straight on in.
It was a very informative and fascinating morning. Our guide was lovely, and very knowledgeable as we walked throughout the Vatican. Our favorite part was definitely the Geography or Map room.
By about 1pm, the place was getting to packed to even move, and when the tour ended we decided to head off ... we were hungry, anyways. We headed off in search of Del Frate, which was one of our dining picks for the surrounding area. 5 minutes on foot and we spot it, it's pretty packed with businessmen and lunching ladies.
Tartara di tonno alla Catalana is our first dish we select from Crudi. Chunks of tuna are diced along with plump tomatoes and boiled potatoes that are all dressed with a pungent olive oil, salt, pepper & lemon juice. So simple, but each ingredient is so fresh.
Carpaccio di Manzo, or beef carpaccio is next to arrive. Thin slices of beef that are blanketed over a mound of rocket leaves, that has chunks of parmesan and roasted walnuts scattered on top and is generously dressed with lemon and olive oil.
From the Primi Piatti section we cannot resist the Risotto radicchio, gorgonzola e noci. The risotto is a golden brown with specks of the red radicchio throughout. Each grain is plump and coated in a walnut like paste that is the delightful sauce, with a robust punch from the gorgonzola. A beautiful combination of flavors ...
I Secondi course is Spezzato di Vitello alla Genovese. This is a light veal stew from Genovese. Chunks of tender veal sit in a mild tomato & basil sauce. This is accompanied by a side dish of Patate al forno, crisp slices of potato that are roasted with rosemary and salt.
Now with content bellies, we were ready to brave the crowds again ...