I wanted to take engagement photos with these tomatoes at lunch today at Cul de Sac, the oldest wine bar in Rome. The tiny enoteca in the Piazza Pasquino boasts an encyclopedia-esque wine list of 1,500 varieties.
When we asked if we could sit outside in the drizzle to admire Rome in the rain, the annoyed waiter shrugged his shoulders, shook his gray head and warned, “You sit outside. You stay outside.” Needless to say, we opted to eat indoors in case the rain persisted. I had the cacio e pepe, a simple but deliciously rich cheese and pepper pasta. Then Mr. McGrumpy brought out this beautiful Insalata Caprese that blew my mozzarella-lovin’ mind.