It was the last dinner in Roma, and we had reservations at La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali, which is on a side street on the way to the Colosseum. I met the owners last year, thanks to my cousins, Jeff and Sue Smith, who are friends with them, and I knew we would have a good evening.
Claudia had a special table set up for us near the kitchen so she would be able to talk with us during the evening as she worked (and boy… does she work). We started the evening with Prosecco, and then had a porchetta appetizer, after which we went into a fettuccine seafood misto. Yum Yum. We let Claudia order dinner for us, as she knew what was good on the menu (everything). We had a combination of veal and lamb and ultimately finished off the night with ratafia (an after dinner drink that could probably run the Fiat if I put it in the tank).
During dinner a young fellow sat next to us. Jingcheng was supposed to be on holiday with another fellow, but he backed out at the last minute, so Jingcheng decided to travel solo. I really felt for him, so we struck up a conversation and talked about our travel adventures. He was a very enjoyable guy and helped to make the evening memorable.