I have been wanting to try restaurant Al Moro in Rome for quite some time, but for many reasons it didn’t work out…it was closed for the day, opened too late etc.
It is only a couple of streets from the Trevi Fountain (the restoration is almost complete) but it is not a tourist destination at all.
Finally I found it open.
There was a fine display of freshly collected mushrooms at the door.
Al Moro is old school Rome. The waiters are mostly older gentlemen in suits. They don’t speak a lot of English, but they are very courteous and helpful…and the food is delicious.
My first course was anchovies with bread and butter.
Second course was an all time favourite of mine, osso buco.
I was happily eating my osso buco when Helen Mirren walked in with a group of people. I loved her in The Queen and several other movies. I would love to have taken a photo for you but I felt it would be rude and intrusive.
I know she is just a person like everyone else, but film stars do take on a larger than life presence and having her walk in and sit nearby really is like having a unicorn step into your garden and begin to eat your flowers.
I can report that she is much prettier in the flesh than on the screen.