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Looking for very good food with excellent people watching in a typical Roman Piazza complete with a market and gorgeous fountains?

The Piazza Campo di Fiori, Rome, Italy

The Piazza Campo di Fiori, Rome, Italy

Look no further than one of my fave spots in Rome, now quite a bit more touristy than it once was, the Campo di Fiori.  We ate at Sloppy Sam’s in Rome because it had carbonara on the menu and I remembered some years ago having the best carbonara in the world somewhere here.  This was good but not the best.  As usual, the pasta was nice but it didn’t quite capture excellent.  Probably lacking a bit in flavour and the sauce was a bit thicker than it should have been.  But then it is rough when you are up against a vivid and incredible memory from nearly ten years prior.  The pizza was without a doubt the best my partner had ever had and was excellent in my opinion.

The carbonara at Sloppy Sam's, Piazza Campo de Fiori, 9, 00186 Rome, Italy

The carbonara at Sloppy Sam’s, Piazza Campo de Fiori, 9, 00186 Rome, Italy

Sloppy Sams had very good carbonara and the pizza was incredibly delicious.  The wine was reasonably priced and also excellent.  The people watching factor here is very high and you can’t beat the seats at the front of the terrace at Sam’s.

Delicious pizza at Sloppy Sam's, Piazza Campo de Fiori, 9, 00186 Rome, Italy

Delicious pizza at Sloppy Sam’s, Piazza Campo de Fiori, 9, 00186 Rome, Italy

We enjoyed watching a bird sampling items from the display food.  The pizza was quite eaten by the one bird.  It was quite amusing.  The square also has a spice market and flower stalls and the spices are always something to get.  They are relatively cheap and really very good.

This little bird was anxious to eat salad and sip wine at Sloppy Sam's, Piazza Campo de Fiori, 9, 00186 Rome, Italy

This little bird was anxious to eat salad and sip wine at Sloppy Sam’s, Piazza Campo de Fiori, 9, 00186 Rome, Italy

The merchants explain whether you cook with them or just toss them on something – like pizza for example.  Always something worth getting because they are excellent and weigh next to nothing.

Flowers and spices and cheeses and lots of fabulous product were in the market at the Campo di Fiori, Rome, Italy.

Flowers and spices and cheeses and lots of fabulous product were in the market at the Campo di Fiori, Rome, Italy.

Piazza Campo de Fiori, 9, 00186 Rome, Italy is the address of Sloppy Sam’s but quite frankly there are a lot of places around the square and they can’t all be bad.

View from the outdoor terrace at Sloppy Sam's, Piazza Campo di Fiori, Rome, Italy.

View from the outdoor terrace at Sloppy Sam’s, Piazza Campo di Fiori, Rome, Italy.

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