The World Famous Bean Soup

Last Wednesday, it was Julie and Jennifer’s last full day in Rome, so I brought them to Campo di Fiori since they are fellow foodies.  I know, a farmers market is a farmers market, but I really don’t think they get old. There is nothing in the world more beautiful to me than a huge bounty of fruits and vegetables. Campo di Fiori is just FUN.

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Beautiful Artichokes!
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Those peppers were the size of my face, no joke.
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Hidden Gourds!
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So many beautiful tomatoes
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This girl loves gourds!

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I then helped Julie and Jennifer get to the Vatican so they could tour the museum and Sistine Chapel, but since I didn’t want to spend all that money on something I’d been to at least 3 times, I decided to stroll the streets and went on a mission for some rain boots, since of course on day 2 in Rome my boots starting leaking. Typical. Plus I figure they’ll be useful when I finally get to one of the farms.

I found my boots, simple, black, rainboots. But I love them, they were a good purchase.  Anyway, after about 2 and a half hours I met J&J in St. Peters, walked around a bit there, and then we set off to just walk around town.  It was a bit cold, but we had fun just chatting away.  Oh I miss them!

We found an excellent pizza place, I don’t remember what it was called but MAAAAN it was good, I marked it on my map so that I could find it again, but honestly the street doesn’t have a name.  I’m looking at it on google maps, no name! Anyway, if you’re in Rome and need to know where it is, let me know, I’ll send you a screen shot of the map.

Not the same pizza, but still good pizza.
Not the same pizza, but still good pizza.

That night I was so excited to share a special place with my new friends.  La Sagra del Vino is one of my favorite places in the world.  We used to go there 3 nights a week during my first study abroad in Rome, and thats when me and “Valentino’s world famous bean soup” fell in love.  Then, last time I was in Rome, I brought my friend Kelli to this place and she agreed. So I was very excited when I got to share my love for a third time…

2013 bean soup action. LIFE IS GOOD with BEAN SOUP!
2013 bean soup action. LIFE IS GOOD with BEAN SOUP!
Post bean soup smile in 2010 with "Pussy Power" in the background. That sticker is still there.
Post bean soup smile in 2010 with “Pussy Power” in the background. That sticker is still there.
Loving the bean soup in 2008
Loving the bean soup in 2008

It was such a wonderful night, I recommend the bean soup to anyone who eats food. I also had the carbonara and split the oxtail with Julie, it was all excellent. The oxtail is braised in a tomato broth, its so tender it just falls apart. YUM! Of course, I also got the biscotti with vin santo.

Meals like this are so wonderful because not only was I creating new memories with new friends, I was able to relive old memories with people I haven’t seen in a long time.  To all my bean soup friends, I miss you.

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