Emilio Vitolo, owner of the famed Emilio’s Ballato, has worked in NYC’s Little Italy for decades. Follow along as he and his son Anthony tour some of their favorite places to eat Italian in the neighborhood.
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The Merk Bistro Italiano. Located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp district, The Merk offers a selection of fine Italian dishes prepared daily from scratch, and infused with a California Twist. The artistic design and ambiance of The Merk, combined with outstanding service offers our patrons the finest Italian dining experience in the Gaslamp District.
Sway is a chic subterranean nightclub which provides an underground New York ambience like no other in San Diego. It combines modern Italian design with historical details, personal service, premium drinks, vibrant music in addition to a strategic location and upscale atmosphere.
Red is the predominant color, which creates a rich passionate atmosphere. The walls are punctuated by peeks to the original brick and stone, showcasing the heritage of the building. Made entirely from earth-friendly aluminum and steel, the main bar is tended by immaculately-dressed bartenders and creates a high-tech, urban-cool feel. The premium beverage selection offered at Sway is an experience all on its own, serving the one of most unique cocktails crafted by an in house mixologist.
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Day 15: Rome, Italy – To start our day in Rome we first headed over to the Pantheon and had some amazing espresso. Then we visited the Pantheon, which is one of the most famous attractions in Rome. We had pizza for lunch and then walked over to the Vatican City. After doing some of top things to do in the Vatican City, we ate Roman Jewish food for dinner.
1:07 La Casa Del Caffè Tazza D’oro – There were two cafes I wanted to check out, so the first, located right next to the Pantheon was La Casa Del Caffè Tazza D’oro. The espresso was awesome. Price – .90 EUR per coffee ($1.00)
2:54 Pantheon – One of the most famous attractions in Rome is the Pantheon, and although I had seen it the day before, I didn’t have a chance to go in. So today we admired the amazing Pantheon.
4:23 Gelateria Della Palma – Right around the corner from the Pantheon is a gelato shop that has so many different flavors, it will drive you crazy trying to decide what to order. Since we arrived early, this gelato shop still wasn’t busy. Ying especially enjoyed the gelato. Gelato – 3.5 EUR ($3.92)
6:09 Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè – I’m pretty crazy for coffee, so we stopped into another famous coffee shop to have another cup of espresso. They make one of the creamiest espressos I’ve ever had, even though it doesn’t include milk. Coffee – 1.30 EUR ($1.45)
7:43 Antico Forno Roscioli – One of the most famous foods to eat in Rome is pizza, especially when you want a quick bite to eat. Roscioli as its known for short is a full bakery, and their pizza is amazing. I started with a tomato and cheese pizza, followed by some slices with other toppings. Total price – 9.94 EUR ($11.12)
12:32 Vatican City – The Vatican City, a city state within Rome and ruled by the Pope is a must visit when you’re in Rome. I bought tickets online and we first headed to the Vatican Museums, one of the world’s most famous art museums. Along with the Sistine Chapel, I especially enjoyed seeing the Raphael Rooms. Vatican Museums Online tickets – 20 EUR ($22.37) per person
17:01 St. Peter’s Basilica – After the Vatican Museums, we walked over to St. Peter’s Basilica, and after walking around for a while, I decided to climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica Dome, which was one of the highlights of visiting the Vatican City for me – 6 EUR ($6.71).
20:53 Roman Jewish Food at Nonna Betta Restaurant – There’s a long history of Jews in Rome, and Roman Jewish food is common in Rome especially in a certain area of the city. I didn’t want to leave Rome without eating some Roman Jewish food, so we ate dinner at a restaurant called Nonna Betta. The artichoke was good, the pasta was good, but the real winner dish for me was the oxtail. Total price – 49 EUR ($54.82)
Day 14 in Rome was an excellent day of visiting attractions in the Vatican City and eating delicious pizza and Roman Jewish food.
Disclaimer and Thank You:
Thank you to Star Alliance and their Round The World tickets (http://www.staralliance.com/en/round-the-world) for sponsoring my business class flights.
Thank you to Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora for sponsoring my stay in Rome.
I personally paid for all food and attractions in this video, and I decided what to do and where to eat.
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