I am going to finish up this week with my trip to Europe with Rome! To be honest, I wasn’t too excited to visit another crowded big city. I don’t do well with lots of people in big cities but Rome is different. You are so busy seeing something new and always looking up that you hardly notice all the peeps! After my visit, Rome beat out Paris for my new favorite European city. It’s absolutely charming, the Romans are lovely people (so friendly) and just seeing pieces of history before your eyes is quite humbling!
Of course, we did all the touristy stuff while we were there but what I found to be so great about Rome is that when you turned a corner, BOOM, there is the Colosseum, BOOM, there is the Pantheon, BOOM, there is Trevi fountain! You get the picture! It’s just so neat to see something so cool and old on every corner! Check out my pictures below! I got some good ones while I was there!
When in Rome, you eat. It’s just a fact of life. Roman’s love their food, and are more than happy to share it with you! While in Rome, you do what the Roman’s do! So we did and went on a Roman Food Tour. If you ever make it to Rome, make sure you do this tour! Our guide Raluca was so fun and knowledgeable. This company has thoughtfully brought together all the best places to eat in Rome and I promise you, you won’t go home hungry! It was such a fun night eating our way through Rome!
One of our stops on the tour was at Paciotti Salumeria. Paciotti Salumeria has been around for 47 years and it is hands down best gourmet food shop that I have ever stepped into! The Paciotti family is a riot! They had me laughing the whole time. We not only tasted amazing cheeses and various hams, we sampled amazing balsamic vinegar. I even ended up coming home with a 30-year-old bottle of “liquid gold”, eh, the best balsamic vinegar ever. (Who ever gets to try it with me is gonna be some lucky person)! This evening was topped off by copious amounts of wine. The motto of one of the brothers is, “no wine, no party”, so it was fitting that the wine kept coming! One quick thing that we can all learn from the Paciotti family is that “what grows together, goes together”. I swear this is why food in Rome is so good. That quote says it all!
Now that I’m back at home and getting back into my routine and not eating like in Rome, I’m still craving Italian food (without any more pasta)! Frittatas were on pretty much every menu and honestly one of my favorite things to make and eat! Zucchini Ricotta Frittata was a great thing to make this week. Zucchinis are plenty full this time of year and well, everything tastes good with ricotta. The best part of this dish is that it’s gluten free and baked in the oven. I know “frittata” means fried in Italy but I’m not coordinated enough to fry it in a pan, flip it onto a plate and back into a pan for final cooking. Baking is just easier and just as tasty!
Enjoy the recipe and the ton of photos in the post!
- Olive oil
- 3/4 pound zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1 cup diced onions
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup pecorino romano cheese or parmesan
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Whisk together the eggs, ricotta, pecorino, salt, and pepper in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
- Coat the bottom of a large saute pan liberally with olive oil. Over medium heat, saute the zucchini, onions, and garlic until the onions become translucent but the zucchini has a slightly firm bite. Season with a pinch or two of salt or pepper.
- Transfer the zucchini to a 9- inch pie plate or an 8- inch baking pan and pour the egg mixture over the top. Use a spoon to evenly distribute the eggs with the zucchini.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
- Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.