Downtown Arco Felice: DaRoberto's paninis
Trip Start Jan 11, 2007
94Trip End Jan 15, 2010
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
I love lunch at DaRoberto's. It is open for lunch and occasionally for dinner, although like most places in town, it's a family-owned business so they are a little flexible about the hours of operation. There are no signs or hours posted on the door that I can see. I think the policy is that they open when it gets close to lunchtime, and they close when business slows down in the afternoon or they run out of food and no one is coming into the restaurant anymore
My first experience with DaRoberto's was on the first day we moved into our gated parco community, which is similar to a condo community in America. We wanted to buy lunch for the movers to express our thanks for their hard work. The supervisor wrote what they wanted on a slip of paper and off I went, with the ability to smile and say about six words of Italian. The bread store was my first stop but that proved a bust when I showed them the paper and they turned out to have only bread. Another stop was a strikeout as well when that store was only a meat store. DaRoberto's was the final stop and I hit the jackpot.
The Mama glared at me with that stare that I now recognize as "the stare" that seems to come from all Italian mamas: sizing you up, checking you out, determining who you are as a foreigner and what you want. My little piece of paper was like a peace offering and request: I do not mean harm; may I have eight panini sandwiches please. Yes, they would make them, according to her 25 yr
Now when I go to DaRoberto's for lunch, or simply pass by Mama on the street, I always receive a friendly "Ciao" and a smile. I do not seem so suspicious to her I suppose, and perhaps she thinks I know enough to appreciate good cooking.