A delicious thing happened on the way to the forum- Nonna Carla
Well, okay, it was a couple miles on the way back to the forum. But if anyone's in need of a new pasticceria, I highly recommend heading out the Via Nomentana until you get to Via di Sant'Agnese 2, where the tiny, adorable Nonna Carla will beckon you with fondant-laden cakes and windows bedecked with gambero rosso stickers. I ended up with a tortina di ganache al peperoncino, which did in fact have a mild burn and a wicked amount of deliciousness. They had a whole range of tortine, actually- pesce/mandorle/cioccolato, arance e cannella, lampone- maybe ten or so flavors, all 2.50 euro. If only I could afford to swap up a warderobe in size, I would definitely have gone for one of the actual cakes, which were sort of groaning under the weight of the lattice work, or perhaps a creme pot thing, or a cassata siciliana, or one of the plump cannoli topped with orange peel...With any luck they're half as good as they promise!
Okay. So, sure, it's a ten mile hike round trip but I'm pretty sure I'm coming back. And bringing friends.
It's a lovely walk, I promise, back to the center of things, and Sant'Agnese and the Mausoleum of Costanza are incredibly interesting pieces of history- Jesus as the Sun God! Mosaics! if you needed an actual tourist enticement...
Edit: there are loads of buses, I forgot to mention that. The 36 leaves from Termini and the 84 from Piazza Venezia and they both seem to head up Nomentana.
At any rate I've never seen it mentioned anywhere and even a google search turned up one mere newspaper article, so I thought I'd mention it. Happy Tacchino Day to any other ex-pats and students and visitors in Rome this week!