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In the Villa Borghese park is the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, went mainly for the Andy Warhol exhibition but their Caffe delle Arti had the best lunch selection (pictured are the buffalo mozzarella with tomato and the frittata (omelette) with tomato paninis, both toasted!).
A trip to Pasticceria Dagnino followed, I had to make a logical decision about what to choose considering the 30 celcius temperature outside. So I went for what they are most famous for the divine Cannoli alla Ricotta (tube-shaped shell of fried pastry dough, filled with sweet and creamy ricotta) and a pistachio eclair!
Near to Piazza Navona is Campo de Fiori an old market/execution place, the same as in all of the major piazza’s lots of restaurants in a small area, providing very similiar dishes, equals difficult choice.
Ended up in a hostaria (wine bar) called Mercato. Starters was bruschetta with smoked cheese and honey (unusual but very nice) and fiori di zucca (this was not so nice as it was stuffed with anchovies, it did not say this on the menu, we complained, got lied to by the waiter, still got charged, so left no tip). Having said that the Siciliana pizza (aubergine/eggplant, capers) was the best I have ever had. A doughy woodfired base and a mountain of cheese and toppings = perfection. Hit and miss, but the pizza is definately a hit!