My brother and I returned from Rome a week ago and, honestly, our stay there could not have been more comfortable. We found Sapore di Casa and, most notably, the hosts Max and Dany, to be everything you could hope to find to make your vacation memorable and relaxing. From the moment that Max picked us up at Termini to the early morning transfer to the airport, again thanks to Max, everything was wonderful. Max and Dany took the time each day to listen to our "another day in Rome" stories and then provided us with stories of their own. It was very much like a stay with good friends. Breakfast each morning was a treat--in addition to the delicious fruit juice, there was freshly-made coffee with steaming milk, toast with various jams and honeys to choose from, several yogurt choices, biscuits...and, best of all, a different homemade tart that Dany had made each day. Of particular note, too, was the fact that Max and Dany went out of their way to provide us a breakfast of scrambled eggs one morning as a gesture of welcome to us Americans more accustomed to that sort of breakfast fare. No matter what they prepared, it was GOOD.
We also arranged to have a home-cooked Roman meal prepared for us by our hosts. Dany was kind enough to type up the menu and present each of us with a copy, neatly rolled up and held in place by a beautiful ribbon. Our mouth-watering feast consisted of:
-Appetizer "Saporedicasa" It reminded me of bruschetta, only better. One garlic-infused slice had the chopped tomato with herbs and extra-virgin olive oil, while the other was topped with a puree of, I believe, aubergine. It was, and I don't embellish, divine.
-Rigatoni pasta "amatriciana" Oh my God, I HAVE to try and make this at home! I've never had a sauce like that. If I could have gotten away with it, I would have licked the plate clean! We had the option of topping this delightful creation with parmigiano-reggiano cheese...and WHO could resist?
-Veal "Straccetti" with gorgonzola cheese and rughetta salad. Again, a masterpiece! I really had to employ some rigid self-control to not lick the plate clean.
-"Surprise" dessert...oh, they weren't kidding with this one! It was chantilly cream with broken bits of biscotti, some little berries if memory serves me right. It was the best dessert, hands down, that I had the entire time we were in Paris and Rome. I am hoping and praying that Dany will share some of her recipe secrets!!!
Along with these culinary delights, we also had some very delicious wine. After our repast, we were offered both homemade grappa and homemade limoncello. Would the wonders of this meal ever cease? I was ready to move in permanently by that point! Let me say that both liqueurs were out of this world.
As others have noted, if you want to stay in a relaxed atmosphere just beyond the hectic pace of central Rome, THIS is the place. A short walk to a local nature preserve lets you look down upon the grandeur of Rome in all of it's glory. That was MY introduction to Rome. You can easily keep yourself amused and entertained within the Piazza Balduina area just outside of Sapore di Casa...a good way to acclimate yourself to Rome, I might add...or you can walk a couple of short blocks to catch the train or bus into central Rome. It's all very easy and convenient.
Our room was spotlessly clean, spacious and comfortable. The bathroom was always sparkling clean, the hot water always hot and the shower very relaxing.
If you want a more personal Roman experience, THIS is your place. Having just come from a chain hotel in Paris, I know what I'm talking about. A hotel doesn't allow for the personal interaction that can really define a successful trip. A stay at Sapore di Casa will give you a sense of home and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The B&B SaporediCasa is located in the Balduina quarter, on the fourth floor of a residential block (there is a lift, no fear!), quite near St.Peter’s and the Vatican City. It is a quiet and safe area where any kind of shops and facilities are available. It is also well connected to the centre by metro, urban train and 5 bus lines: 5 minutes from metro A stop CIPRO 6 minutes from metro FM3 stop St.Peter’s, 10 minutes from the Vatican Museums, 15 minutes from St.Angel’s Castle, 20 minutes from Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna with the Spanish Steps. The Zodiaco panoramic terrace is nearby with one of the most beautiful views in Rome. Our B&B has 3 comfortable rooms and 1 bathroom for our guests. There’s a comfortable lounge/ dining room where we normally serve continental breakfast, but, on request, we can also prepare a real English one. Also we can serve dinner with typical Roman specialties cooked by your hosts, but you’ll have to give a 24 hours notice. The FM3 Balduina station is only 5 minutes away: this train will take you to St Peter’s, the Vatican City and Porta Portese flea market which is held every Sunday morning. 2 minutes only are needed to get to Viale Medaglie d’oro where is a taxi rank and 5 bus lines are available. The same FM3 train reaches Rome from Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) airport. ... more less
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