Back in Piazza Aldo Moro, I began to explore this newer section of town a bit, before stopping for lunch.Set into the cliff sides around the town are caves in which one can find wine merchants, selling local wine at incredibly low prices. Most of these places also serve food, so I decided to have lunch in one. I sat outside, at a picnic table, and dined on delicious grilled sausage with a cold bean salad, along with a half of a liter of the owner’s own red wine, and a bottle of water, coffee, and a plate of homemade biscotti – all for E 12.00.After lunch, a nap was called for! So, I did just that!After a couple of hours of rest and a couple of tylenol with codine (still being sore from my run-in with the smart car in Ladispoli), I got back up, refreshed myself a bit, and headed back out into the town.
Dinner was had at Antica Locanda le Ginestre. This is a nice restaurant right on Piazza Santa Maria, a two minute walk from the door of Residenza Principi Ruspoli.
I ordered the special menu of the day – the artichoke menu! It consisted of a wonderful artichoke mouse sitting on top of a sea of liquid pecorino cheese. I loved it! This was followed by pasta in an artichoke and pancetta sauce, which was also delicious. My next course was medallions of pork cooked in honey and topped with fried artichokes. This dish could have been a bit more interesting, the entire thing tasting a bit bland, to me. Dessert was a bowl of fresh strawberries with lemon on top. Slightly less lemon would have been good, as the strawberries had a very bitter aftertaste.
After dinner, I walked back across the piazza, and into Palazzo Ruspoli. It had been a good first day in Cerveteri, and I was looking forward to what the next day would bring as I intended to spend it exploring the Necropoli di Banditaccia.
coming up: more from Cerveteri, including the Etruscan Necropolis of Banditaccia.
Note: This blog is written in English, and the author is not responsible for the quality of any translations that may appear.