If you are looking for something special, an experience of the senses, an elegant place frequented by the upper class of Rome, but above all if you have an adequate credit card, here is a selection of top restaurants, with creative and famous chefs, often mentioned in the Michelin guide.
OPEN COLONNA Antonello Colonna is a famous chef. His cuisine has strong roots in the roman tradition, but with an authentic personal touch. On the Open Colonna menu you will find specialties such as: cannolo with cod, sour cream and candied lemon, smoked spaghetti, cannellini from Atina and black from Norcia and scorpion fish soup, amberjack and sea gurnard. Among the desserts, the iced pistachio and mousse with candied fruit.
Where 9/A, Via Milano
Booking +39 06 47822641.
Closed: Monday and Sunday evening.
Cost: 80-120 euros.
IMÀGO HOTEL HASSLER The young Andrea Antonini is at the stove of the panoramic restaurant inside the historic hotel Hassler by Roberto Wirth, where he brings the experience gained in starred kitchens around the world, through which he has perfected techniques and dishes, including which the mullet with panzanella and lemon, in which the fish, served with the whole tail, is stuffed with a panzanella with 18 ingredients and combined with the liver of the same mullet.
Where 6, Piazza Trinità dei Monti
Open only in the evening.
Cost: 150-200 euros.
PER ME Chef Giulio Terrinoni combines innovation and tradition, interpreting roman dishes in a fish version. The spaghettone cacio e pepe is enriched with anchovies and orange powder, and in the carbonara the fish eggs replace those of the hen and the bottarga the guanciale. At lunch there is space for the “corks”, an original version of tapas, while at dinner the paper offers all kinds of raw.
Where 9, Vicolo del Malpasso
Cost: 80-130 euros.
QUINZI E GABRIELI A famous fish restaurant a stone’s throw from the Pantheon. The new look of the place sees the chef at work at the beautiful corner in view, while oysters, margarita with prawns and raw fish dominate the menu.
Where 5, Via delle Coppelle
Closed on Mondays for lunch.
Cost 60-80 euros.
DOM Inside the historic hotel D.O.M, the new restaurant by Renzo Valeriani, proposes a cuisine entrusted to the young chef Adriano Magnoli and to the pastry chef Antonella Mascolo, traditional and devoted to the exhalation of flavors. From the menu: panzanella mullet with tomato and basil, pork raviolo with datterini and buffalo, ajo & ojo spaghettone, bianchetti, friggitelli and vanilla. Among the main courses, to try the chicken and peppers, among the desserts the San Pietrini. A tidy wines selection, with dynamic pouring.
Where 131, Via Giulia
Cost: 80-100 euros.
Closed: Monday. No lunch from Tuesday to Friday
ZUMA The restaurant at the top of Palazzo Fendi offers gourmet Japanese cuisine, in a refined environment with the right touch of glam. Informal and based on sharing dishes, the menu focuses on specialties cooked on the robata grill, a special charcoal grill, symbol of the international brand. Drinks can be enjoyed at Lorenzo Coppola’s bartender, which can also be enjoyed on the terrace.