coffee, shoes, frescos and lunch

ack!  this has been languishing in the draft folder since thanksgiving....

Really....what more could a girl ask for on a sunny November day?

Coffee with the locals

first stop - a quick cappuccino at Bar San Calisto. this spot is busy with monday morning bustle;  workers getting espresso and cornetti to go, carefully packed in an old sugar box, lively banter between the cashier, the barista and the customers all make for great street (cafe) theater.

Digging for Treasure

on via Luciano Manara 8 you can find an expertly edited and organized resale shop. on a recent visit I snapped up a perfect pair of gold Roger Vivier belle de jour flats. All the designer names you crave at much easier to justify prices than the swanky shops on the other side of the tevere.  There are bags and shoes and coats and jewlery...this tiny shop has it all

Short and Sweet

The Renaissance Villa Farnese is just five rooms of frescos, most notable is Raphael's  Triumph of Galatea.  (note — the far corner room on the ground floor is currently under restoration)

Via della Lungara 230

Hearty Roman Fare

Just as I was heading home to start on the upcoming thanksgiving feast chores dear husband calls and wants to meet for lunch! We have been trying to have lunch in the center for the past 3 years!
We met at Da Enzo,  a small, loud and crowded  joint.  (that's a good thing!) The staff directed us to have the Jewish style fried artichoke to start, followed up with huge plates of cacio e pepe, a carafe of house wine and acqua di nepi made for a perfect weekday meal. 
Da Enzo
Via dei Vascellari 29
Tel. 06 581 83 55
Open for lunch and dinner, closed Sunday


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