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First Meal: Renato e Luisa

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Sissy and I celebrated our first night in Italy with a delicious meal at Renato e Luisa, a small restaurant near Campo di Fiori in Rome. The restaurant came highly recommended by a friend of Sissy, and I am passing along the rec to you, dear readers!

At the suggestion of our adorable waiter, we started with fiori de zucca ripieni gratinati (stuffed zucchini blossoms) and a mixed carpaccio of salmon, halibut and tuna. I LOVED the zucchini blossoms and I could have eaten 10 of them. The carpaccio was also excellent, but the halibut was a little tough for me.

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Also at the suggestion of our waiter, we shared a 12€ bottle of white wine called Pecorino from the Abruzzo region. It was light and bright, yet full of flavor. It even stood up to my Carbonara dish!

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Speaking of which, I had the most delicious plate of pasta Carbonara in my life. And what made it so delicious was the edition of truffles! Sissy ordered Frascarelli tartufati, or Frascarelli pasta with mushrooms and truffle cream – also an outstanding dish.

20130703-021452.jpgWe skipped dessert but got some free sugar cookies, which were tasty and a great ending to our first Italian meal.

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings us!

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

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