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Ponte & Parione Restorante-Pizzeria

Tuna salad (Insalata Nizzarda)

Spaghetti with tomato sauce and bacon (Bucatini Amatricana)

Gnocchi with mussels and mushrooms (Gnocchetti Vongole)

Seafood risotto (Risotto Pescatora)

Caramel custard (Panna Cotta)

Jamie says:  The streets of Rome were bustling as we searched for a restaurant for a late night dinner.  We found a nice outdoor restaurant in on a street/ally by our apartment in Piazza Navona.  I was thinking, it’s so charming to sit at an outdoor table in the ally in Italy, but at home in the U.S., not many would even think of dining in an ally.  I thought the name of the restaurant was Cucina Romana because there was a sign by door that said this, but I later discovered (by looking at the receipt) that the true name of the restaurant was Ponte & Parione Restorante-Pizzeria (Via S. Maria dell’ Anima, 62, Tel. 0668192278).  We ordered Risotto Pescatora (seafood risotto), Bucatini Amatricana (spaghetti with tomato sauce and bacon), Gnocchetti Vongole (gnocchi and mushrooms), Insalata Nizzarda (tuna salad), and Panna Cotta (caramel custard) .  I enjoyed my Bucatini Amatricana with the thick spaghetti, red sauce, and especially the bacon.  K thought the seafood risotto was ok.  Mom’s Gnoccheti Vongole and Panna Cotta were not my style, but Mom loved them.  The salad was nothing special and looked mediocre (the egg looked bad).  We reflected on our epic day, the highlight being climbing the 28 Holy Steps, the stairs that Jesus walked up on the day of his crucifixion, on our knees and reaching the top just in time for mass and then having a holy man of the church (a soon-to-be priest) invite a few of us to stay late and give us a private lesson about the steps.  His one request at the end was that we each pray the rosary for him.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever prayed the whole rosary, but after a moving experience like that, I was sure going to honor his request.

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Wine lining the walls at the restaurant Cul De Sac

A waiter slicing the table bread

Table bread

Red lentils soup

Pasta with home made pesto sauce

Marinated eggplant

Jamie says:  It seemed like it was taking a long time for them to call our number to be seated, but we finally got in.  We ate at Cul De Sac (Piazza Pasquino, 73- near Piazza Navona), which is cool because we live on a cul de sac at home.  The restaurant had a local-vibe and a good feel.  The outdoor seating looked pleasant, and inside there were bottles and bottles of wine lining the walls.  When someone ordered a glass or bottle of wine, the waiter would use a pinching tool to reach over a table to retrieve the right bottle.  It was also so cool to watch them slice the bread for the table, too.  The waiter opened up a drawer and pulled out a knife to slice the bread on a board.  He would cut half the bread and let the rest fall into the drawer.  It was definitely an experiential dining experience.

The bread had a nice hard crust and sour dough-like inside.  I ate so much of it, filled up before the food came.  I ordered the “red lentils soup” which was pureed (with oil which rose to the top a little) and had a hint of hotness (probably from red pepper).  I also ordered the “pasta with home made pesto sauce,” which was amazing.  The pasta and pesto both tasted homemade, and there were generous amount of tasty pesto.  I couldn’t eat it all right then, but when I got home the second stomach opened up and I practically finished it.  Mom’s eggplant was amazing; it was  marinated and had a strong vinegar taste- just like my Grandma’s eggplant.  After dinner, we called it a night and went to bed with full stomachs.

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Scruby's BBQ in Davie

Scruby's BBQ in Davie

Baked Beans with Pulled Pork

Baked Beans with Pulled Pork

Chicken, Ribs, Garlic Toast, and Sweet Potato

Chicken, Ribs, Garlic Toast, and Sweet Potato

My Plate- A Sampling of Everything

My Plate- A Sampling of Everything

Jamie says:  My all-time favorite BBQ restaurant is Scruby’s BBQ (8990 W. State Road 84, Davie, FL 33324; tel. 954-370-2774; additional locations in Pembroke Pines and Tamarac).  When I was younger, I went to the Pembroke Pines location with my family and Grandparents.  We now try to go to the Davie location at least once when we come home from school.  When you walk into the restaurant, the first thing you see is the big open pit grill with meats cooking to perfection; the first thing you smell, is the aroma of quality smoky BBQ.  For some of the best meat, I recommend their baby back ribs ribs, chicken breast, and pulled pork.  They are moist and incredibly flavorful.  On the table, they offer many bottles of BBQ sauces to choose from.  I always top my meat with the sweet BBQ sauce- it is my favorite.  For side dishes, their baked beans, garlic toast, and sweet potato with cinnamon sugar butter are all outstanding.   Although we just went, I can’t wait to go back.

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