When you are an expat, June and July are very busy months. Graduations, weddings, friends visiting and the worst part of this life, goodbyes. We have had many celebrations in the last few weeks, lots of visitors and are preparing ourselves as best we can, for the inevitable teary goodbyes.
The good part about being an expat in Rome is people come back to visit.When friends who have lived in Rome before come back for a short visit, a great thing happens. You get to see their old life condensed. You meet all of their friends at once and you get to go to the places they loved.
The other night, a very good friend came back to town for the shortest of stays. She organized for all of her disparate groups of friends to meet at her most favorite pizza place in Trastevere, for the pizza she has been dreaming about for twelve months.
Pizzeria ai Marmi is a Roman institution. A Roman institution, I had never been to. It has it all; large boisterous crowds, gruff Roman service, thin, crispy crust, and old school neon signs.
It also has something none of my other favorite Roman pizza places have. Beans on the menu. My bean loving husband didn't even order pizza! The fagioli all'uccelletto con salsiccie, was tomato-y and spicy and incredibly delicious. I don't even really like beans and I am still thinking about it.
So, in this season of transitions and sad farewells, I can also remember that time flies and friends return to bring you new people to meet and places to discover.