"It was salty, with butter and it was def". - RUN DMC
We were pretty beat, it was maybe 11 PM, and the goal was to avoid the obvious tourist restaurants and eat where the customers were predominantly Scandinavian, scratch that, Italian.
We entered a triangular courtyard that had 4 or 5 dining options, made the circuit, listening to the chatter, and feeling indecisive, I considered moving on. Julien was having none of that. We were both tired and hungry, so we chose a place and gave our feet a break.
I did my best to use the few Italian words I've picked up, but thankfully the waiter was kind and patient and we used a mash up of Italian and English to order. We ordered bruschetta with olive tapenade, pasta e fagioli, risotto agli spinaci, and a margareta pizza. The waiter was kind enough to offer the order in which the meal should be served. It was late and he said the pasta e fagioli (bean soup), would take too long and would I like to choose something else. I asked for his recommendation and I didn't really understand what he said, but I knew it was another soup. It turned out to be a tasty veggie soup.
We were famished and pounced on everything as it came out. It wasn't until after we had made a dent in each dish that it occurred to me to get pics for the blog. These photos don't look very appetizing, but the food was simple, flavorful, and hit the spot.
Julien noticed the table next to us get their pizzas, how they came unsliced, and that knives and forks were in play. Then our pie came out sliced, American style. Way to blow our cover mister waiter! No, he was cool and took good care of us.
Julien rounded out the meal with some dessert. I didn't catch the name, but it was little chocolate chips on a thick cream, with a layer of mystery paste at the bottom.
We paid, tipped, and were on our way home a little after midnight. Where the...? We ended up back at the river front which was the furthest point from our hotel we had gone. With aching legs and feet, and the need for a bathroom, we checked google maps. To our dismay, we were looking at a 40 minute walk. We soldiered on through most of it, then gave in with about a third of the way to go and grabbed a taxi. The taxi ride turned out to be a fun experience and we saw places along the way to check out later.