The Gourmet Guide to Rome RISTORANTE PIZZERIA PASQUINO PIAZZA PASQUINO, 1. TEL 066893043. RISTORANTEPIZZERIAPASQUINO.COM Tradition and innovation join forces for a cuisine that is in constant evolution. Here, clients hail from all over the world, and the restaurant’s food reflects that, offering a variety of dishes that will suit a range of palates. The universally beloved pizza is naturally on the menu, along with soups, pastas, and meat and fish entrées. The staff is welcoming and cordial. Located in charming Piazza di Pasquino, a quick jaunt from Piazza Navona. JAZZ CAFÉ VIA GIUSEPPE ZANARDELLI, 12. TEL 0668210119. DID YOU KNOW? JAZZCAFEROMA.COM In ancient times, the Parione neighborhood was home to a sprawling wall, most likely belonging to the Stadium of Domitan, where Piazza Navona now stands. The locals gave it the nickname Parietone (translated as “big wall” in old Italian), which eventually evolved into the modern moniker “Parione.” Its symbol is a rampant griffon, a Greek mythological creature with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion, a motif that represents pride and nobility. Indulging in an excellent pizza in the historic center is one of the best ways to soak up the city. Jazz Café bakes to perfection a vast range of pizzas, from the classic Margherita to gourmet options topped with carefully sourced ingredients. The preparation of their meat and fish dishes strictly follows Roman tradition. Make sure to leave room for dessert, in particular their signature tiramisù! Intrigued? The restaurant is located on the splendid Via Zanardelli, right behind Palazzo Altemps. PASQUINO THE TALKING STATUE and affix it to the base of the statue. And so, Pasquino the talking statue was born. Over the years, these commentators became more creative, writing criticisms in rhyme or with clever wordplay that caused as much laughter as indignation. A few of these verbal gems have survived the centuries, the most famous being, when Pope Urban VIII Barberini ordered the bronze decorating the Pantheon to be melted down and used for the Baldacchino in St. Peter’s: “What the barbarians didn’t do, the Barberini did!” The tradition is still used in Rome, although it’s no longer permitted to affix notices directly to the statue. Now there is a special board placed beside Pasquino for that purpose. A true curiosity in Rome is its collection of so- called talking statues. By far the most famous is Pasquino, who gave his name to a small square adjacent to Piazza Navona. Legend has it that the original Pasquino was a tailor who lived nearby in the 15th century and was known for critiquing the leaders and dignitaries of the day with a particularly quick and cutting wit. When Pasquino died, an ancient statue took over his work. A highly damaged Greek sculpture was discovered nearby and placed in the aforementioned piazza. Quickly a tradition sprung up: anyone with an axe to grind against the power that be would write their anonymous complaint MAPS © MARIO CAMERINI
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