I was lucky enough to have friends visiting Rome at the same time of my visit. I relocated from the Trastevere neighborhood to a wonderful apart-hotel called the Borgo Pio Residence near the Vatican. I have to give this place some props. 110 Euros got me a one bedroom apartment with a true living room and a kitchen with an oven and four burner stove. On top of that; a bathroom that I did not have to squeeze into and an amazing internet connection (I had none of these things when I was in Trastevere). On top of that, the staff was sweet and accommodating. I can’t wait to come back and stay there again.
But I digress, I am here to talk about food. Liz and Bohdan recommended a restaurant that was just around the corner from our place. As a Rome newbie, I was thrilled not to have to choose. They took us to Il Mozzicone. The staff immediately greeted our friends and prepped a seat outside. The restaurant is located on the corner of a cobblestone street that is ornamented with a gorgeous fountain where kids play and splash; where thirsty hot pedestrians grab a sip of water to cool their dry cracked lips.
We ordered a bottle of Falanghina (one of my favorite grapes); the bottle cost us 16 Euros and was crisp, fresh and delicious. We polished off two by the end of the night.
We started off with a few antipasti: bruschetta and an Italian croquette. Each cost 6.50 Euros. Let’s start off with the bruschetta: the bread was crusty on the outside and doughy on the inside. The tomatoes were incredible (I think this is true for most Italian tomatoes). The bruschetta was a win. The crochettas were off the hook, tiny morsels of fried cheese and potato goodness. Very different from those we had in Trastevere, both comforting and delicious.
For my main dish I ordered some tripe. I am a huge fan of tripe and make it at home (Colombian style Mondongo). This was quite different, good…just different. Tomato sauce, cheese, a slight bakery element. It was exactly what I wanted.
Antonio ordered the lasagna. He was slightly disappointed in his meal and I have to agree. We had lasagna at Il Galeone in Trastevere and liked that one much better.
Overall the evening was lovely. The restaurant was not amazing, it was nothing to blow your mind away, but it was perfect for an evening in Rome. We sat on a side street in Rome, with good friends enjoying some good food and wine. That is what makes life worth it.
Il Mozzicone is located at Via Borgo Pio, 180 in Rome. 06 686 1500