Tuesday, September 24, 2013
To answer an oft-asked question: yes, I do get sick of eating Italian food every night. At home I mix things up a lot, cooking Asian, Indian and Thai food quite a bit. I don’t blog about that stuff, though, since this is an Italian blog (at least in theory) and people (you) have come to expect a certain level of Italianess, especially when it comes to recipes.
And also, there are a lot of resources out there that cover those kinds of things much better than I do.
My other option for pasta fatigue is to go to one of the ethnic restaurants in town. Lately there has been a flood of Chinese and Japanese restaurants. And for some reason Monti has become Indian restaurant central in Rome. (a sixth one just opened)
One of my favorites, though, has been around quite a while: Toros y Tapas. A Spanish restaurant on the Nomentana, they do just a few things, but they do them well.
First of all: jamon. I know, we’ve got prosciutto here. But jamon from Spain is just a completely different animal. Much sweeter and with a chewiness that our prosciutto just doesn’t have. We always start with a plate of that.
Then it’s on to the tapas part of things. Patatas brava is always good, and lately we’ve loved a chickpea and spinach thing they do. The sizzling terracotta dish full of gambas is garlicky goodness at its best.
The main event is, of course, paella. Depending on who we are with, we either get the seafood version or the one with chorizio. Both are done just right.
I”m sure if I lived in Spain I’d be craving pizza and pasta. But as long as I’m here in Rome paella manages to satisfy my ‘exotic’ cravings quite well, thank you.
Spinach and Chickpea Tapas
Gambas with garlic
Paella with Chorzio
Toros y Tapas
Via Nomentana 79
Open for dinner. Closed Monday