Listen to your gut

September 24, 2006 In Rome, we stayed in a nice/affordable hotel in a residential area. There was an Italian restaurant across the road that had a menu with lots of selection - we decided to give it a try. As we were walking into the restaurant, I noticed that the restaurant had a somewhat of an asian decor, the plates had an asian motif, and all of the waiters were asian. We did have a seat and had a look at the menu. The waiter brought us some olives that looked like they had been left out a little too long and a bowl of hot sauce? We noticed that the menu not only contained a wide selection of Italian dishes, but also included some asian dishes as well. It just didn’t feel right. We debated whether or not to get up and leave, and as guilty as we felt, we finally left. If, like us, the food in Italy is normally one of the highlights, do not try to get gourmet Itallian food at a chinese restaurant - follow your gut and leave!

We ended up eating at a nice family restaurant that was recommended by the hotel. We were a little unsure of it at first, but we were pleased with the food and it seemed to be frequented by locals. One of the waiters had Downs Syndrome and he brought a plate of fries to a 30ish aged woman sitting at the next table. After he delivered the food and made his way back to the kitchen, you would think he just scored a touch down or maybe a date, he was silently cheering and giving a thumbs up.