Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ROMA MULTI-ETNICA .... A SPICE EMPORIUM IN ROME'S TESTACCIO NEIGHBORHOOD

I was running out of spices so yesterday I went to the Testaccio area of Rome to get a supply at EMPORIO DELLE SPEZIE, a fabulous shop where you can find spices, fresh ginger, honey, flours, rice etc.
http://www.emporiodellespezie.com/




A CHEAPSKATE'S ADVICE PART 2: HOW TO SAVE ON BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER IN ROME

BREAKFAST

EAT YOUR BREAKFAST STANDING UP...If you want to have breakfast at a bar, have your cornetto and cappuccino at the counter because Roman bars usually charge more if you sit at a table.

GET YOUR CORNETTO FROM A CORNETTERIA...if you buy cornetti directly from the baker you wil pay less than at the bar.  In the Prati area you can find a cornetteria on Via G.G. Belli 63.  Freshly baked cornetti are available from midnight onwards.

LUNCH

Go to a PANINOTECA...lots of choice of panini and tramezzini

Have pizza by the gram at the PIZZA AL TAGLIO shops. Many choices of pizza and you can buy as much or as little as you like.

Go to MONDO ARANCINA, a Sicilian fast food chain in Rome. Here you can get arancine with different fillings, pizza, sfincione, genovesi and other Sicilian delights. In the Prati area Mondo Arancina is in Via Marcantonio Colonna 38.  There is one on Via Tuscolana, in Piazzale Clodio, Via Oderisi da Gubbio and in Via della Vite.

Get a made-to-order panino from a supermarket or grocery shop.

DINNER

HAVE A HAPPY HOUR!

Happy hours have become a Roman obsession, every bar in town has a happy hour.    For 5-7 Euros they'll give you a drink or juice, a platter of  mini-tramezzini, mini-pizzette, potato chips and peanuts. Prices, hours and content vary from bar to bar.




Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MY BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST IN ROME...AT THE SCHOLAR'S LOUNGE IRISH PUB!

Breakfast in Rome usually consists of Cornetto and Cappuccino but for my birthday I wanted a HUGE breakfast so we went to the SCHOLAR'S LOUNGE Irish Pub, just off Piazza Venezia and Via Del Corso in downtown Rome.  
It's sales time in Rome so my daughter bought me a  pretty  PROMOD dress for 15 Euros and a lovely   BRANDY&MELVILLE scarf for 10 Euros.








Monday, July 25, 2011

A CHEAPSKATE'S ADVICE: HOW TO SPEND LESS IN ROME

Coming from a small town in Sicily, I found prices in Rome exceedingly high. So I started looking for bargains.

The best  places to buy shoes and clothes are the "bancarelle" (stalls). They can be found everywhere in Rome but the most famous ones are those in Porta Portese, a flea market in Trastevere.  Porta Portese is open every Sunday and you can find just about anything there at very low prices. Be sure to get there early to avoid the crows...and watch out for pick-pockets!

Other popular stalls are the ones at the Ottaviano metro station.  Thursday is the best day to go there. On Via Ottaviano itself you'll find lots of shops at affordable prices.  The market at San Giovanni is the oldest and biggest market, it's near the Basilica di San Giovanni. Another great  area for bancarelle, is Viale America, near the Eur Fermi metro stop.  You will surely find bargains there, prices are very low because it's not a very touristy area. 

If you're looking for fruits and vegetables, go to the Testaccio market, not far from the Piramide metro station. Very good quality fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, and bread at good prices.  The markets at Campo de' Fiori and the one in San Cosimato are rather expensive since they are visited by many tourists.

The best way to save on food is to go to the big supermarkets in the shopping malls (Panorama at Granai in the EUR area of Rome is a very good one). The new shopping mall EUROMA2 also has a great supermarket. If you can't get to the malls, go to local supermarkets such as TODIS, DESPAR, SMA, BILLA, PAM etc. They often have discounts and special offers such as 3X2 (buy two and get one free).


As for WATER  just fill your bottles at the many fountains found all over Rome!!! 

If you want to eat out, avoid the tourist places, go where the local people eat.  Moreover,  most bars now have a "tavola calda" (hot food section) where you can eat full meals at reasonable prices.


Here I am at the EUROMA2 shopping mall.

I'll be posting more tips and advice later.