We are done. We’ve walked the walk from Viterbo to Rome. If our rubber shoes and hiking boots didn’t cost a fortune, we would have set up a bonfire to burn them. (Joke!) But really, what do Pellegrinos do after earning their Testimonium? We have unpacked our bags for the next 5 days in Piero’s 3-bedroom apartment. Our backpacks have been emptied and now sit in some corner of the room. We have freshened up and even had time to put up our feet. We have brought out our loafers and sandals to wear in the streets of Ancient Rome. The ladies can finally don their skirts or dresses, and the hombres have now switched from windbreakers to casual shirts with necks wrapped in mufflers or scarves in lively prints. All looking a little sharp!
AngryPig Birretta e Porchetta is a nearby brew pub claiming to sell street food. Good street food served on real plates! Ranked #16 out of 9,413 in Rome in Trip Advisor, it soon became our hangout place where the 2 brothers Guido and Mauro spilled out more dining tips for us. Ever careful to name similar value-for-money eats but without failing to mention a few good “but a tad pricey” ones. And just all around the neighborhood across the Vatican Museum. Such perfect finds!
Since we stayed in Piero’s L’Angelo dei Papi (Via Tunisi, #3 right across the stairs to the Vatican Museum), we only needed to walk 2 short blocks along the same road to enjoy happy hours in AngryPig. Yes, it’s Via Tunisi, 38. There’s a story I picked up (from another diner who posted on Instagram) that Anthony Bourdain has visited AngryPig but the brothers were completely clueless who he was 😂 Anthony kept saying “I’m Anthony Bourdain”, to which one of the brothers repeatedly said “I’m Guido”.
Judging by the TA and IG reviews, this is a gem. Food’s good, either as aperitivo or as a meal (try the paninis) and the drinks — I’m a vino person but I switch to birra (beer) here. Never tasted this good, especially with the porchetta, salumi and sundried tomatoes. And to think the boys had these every single day. Trust Guido and Mauro to introduce something new by way of plating or contorni (side dishes) to break the routine. Not that they needed to perk up our bottomless appetites.
Once, we walked from our apartment towards Mercato Trionfale to buy take-home cheese, sobrasada and prosciutto. Passed AngryPig and found the 2 brothers calling out with our Philippine flag. You bet we trooped back after our shopping episode. Siamo amici! They even took our photo to post on their Facebook page. I’m posting mine here with Guido who playfully handed me a knife as we hammed (pun intended) it up!
It was almost sad to bid them Arrivederci the day of our departure. We like these brothers so and we think they genuinely liked us too. Five days in Rome and the boys saw them every single day. Some of us may have joined them too if we weren’t out on day trips from Rome. Theirs was a simple Birreta e porchetta joint but the brothers love what they do and it shows. For sure, we’d visit them again next chance we find ourselves back in Rome.