Halfway through our trip, we found ourselves on the hunt for some fiber. We were on our way back to Rome to pick up my brother from the airport when my dad decided to pull off the highway into this random town we couldn’t find in the tourist handbooks. We discovered this very local (no english) restaurant that looked a bit questionable off the side of a major road. We had no idea what to expect.
Turns out this place is where all the locals eat, because we were definitely surrounded by lots of Italian businessmen and families. We felt vegetable-deprived, and we were so happy we found some appetizers with some fresh vegetables!
- Caprese Salad: I’ve never seen the milk ooze out of fresh mozzarella the way this cheese did. The tomatoes were so fresh and there was also a smoked mozzarella that was to die for.
- Grilled Zucchini: I liked this one best. It was so simple, just grilled zucchini with olive oil and caramelized balsamic.
- Eggplant Ragu: Eggplant sautéed in olive oil with tomatoes and onions.
- Squid and Arugula Salad: This was super light and fresh. The contrast of the sweet crunchy squid and sharp distinctive arugula flavor was super nomz.
With bites of these as my meal for lunch, I didn’t feel guilty stealing a few big bites of my mom’s fettuccine alfredo (which I forgot to take a picture of, but was by the way, hands down, the best, most unhealthy delicious pasta I’ve ever had in my life).