Instructions for a Pleasant Ride

April 22, 2010 / Food & Wine
Roma, Lazio

Top-Twelve-smallIn Rome, all roads lead to… Largo di Torre Argentina. There, Tram number 8 will get you where you’re going. During the Renaissance, a papal Master of Ceremonies from Argentoratum—today the known as Strasbourg—built a palace nearby. Thus, the name.

Yes, so there you are enjoying the impressive Roman ruins and thinking about that MC, but what you need is the Tram. The Tram is nowhere in sight and when it comes, it won’t leave. You don’t want to become an Argentinus (a native of the area) but is there anything you can do? Yes. Perform the following little ritual…

Corona Gelateria Artigianale very close to the Tram stop, on Largo Arenula, 27, is one of the top twelve ice cream parlors in Rome according to the Gambero Rosso. It’s a calculated risk, but in the name of a scoop of the stupendous homemade-style mango or passion fruit sorbetto
Argentina-Ruins-smallor a cup of icy Sicilian strawberry granita, chances are, you will not miss your tram. And what’s better than to leave the ruins at Largo Argentina and float over the Garibaldi bridge, safely encapsulated inside Tram number 8,while you enjoy these delicacies? To keep you steady, firmly hug one of the yellow poles inside the good Tram. With the hand of the same arm, delicately scoop the sweet mater into your mouth as you peer down into the choppy waters of the Tiber river. With the other hand? Don’t forget to wipe your mouth!

by Alejandra Fabris

— Contributed by Alejandra Fabris, writer, American University of Rome Senior, Italian Notebook Editorial Intern.

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