Aroma is one of Rome’s most romantic venues. The Michelin-starred restaurant is located on the rooftop of luxury hotel Palazzo Manfredi, and from its stunning outdoor terrace it offers unparalleled views of the Colosseum. With just 28 seats, it is both intimate and glamorous. Roman-born chef Giuseppe di Iorio has created an impressive à la carte menu of beautiful Italian and Mediterranean dishes with unexpected twists here and there. Guests can expect the likes of venison loin with coffee crumble, lamb ravioli with roasted pepper sauce, and tagliolini with saffron, squid ragout and candied lemon. Or for a special treat opt for the eight-course tasting menus.
Aroma, Palazzo Manfredi, Via Labicana 125, 00184 Rome, +39 06 9761 5109
Inspired by the travels of chef Anthony Genovese, Il Pagliaccio’s exciting menu has gained this elegant restaurant two Michelin stars. It offers three tasting menus, each designed to take diners on a joyful journey full of surprises, and each created to delight the imagination. The Circus menu presents 10 exquisite courses, the Charivari menu has eight courses with a fabulous play of flavours, and the Intermezzo menu presents three light courses ‒ for lunches only. There is also an à la carte menu featuring dishes that combine Italian classics with flavours of the east. Il Pagliaccio’s decor also plays on a sense of tradition, blending old-school looks with more contemporary design touches; tiled floors and arched doorways nod to the area’s heritage and contrast with modern art installations.
Il Pagliaccio, Via dei Banchi Vecchi 129A, 00186 Rome, +39 06 6880 9595
This understated, chic restaurant is a gastronomic delight. Seasonal ingredients are very much at the heart of the menu by Colombian-born chef Roy Caceres. He presents international fusion cuisine with a contemporary look ‒ expect astonishing creations such as pigeon in purple corn crust, lobster and grilled black cabbage with lemon and celeriac, and eel with carpione sorbet. The soothing, minimalist decor offers the perfect backdrop to the theatricality of the dishes.
Metamorfosi, Via Giovanni Antonelli 30, 00197 Rome, + 39 06 807 6839
Panoramic views and exception cuisine make a winning combination at La Terrazza, which is set on the top floor of Rome’s luxury Hotel Eden. As you walk into this restaurant your attention is immediately drawn to the spectacular outlook across the city’s rooftops. The innovative menu of renowned chef Fabio Ciervo is equally as impressive. Each dish is like a work of art; expect the likes of spaghetti with pecorino and rose buds, and veal broth ravioli with horseradish ‒ all exquisitely presented. A meal here is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
La Terrazza, Hotel Eden, Via Ludovisi 49, 00187 Rome, +39 06 4781 2752
This Michelin-starred restaurant is the star of the show at stylish boutique hotel H’All Tailor Suite. Here chef Riccardo Di Giacinto (who also co-owns the hotel) has devised a menu to stimulate the senses. Standout dishes include tiramisu of potatoes, cod and bacon, pigeon with hazelnut and black truffles, and ravioli filled with banana and served with coconut sorbet. Opt for one of the tasting menus for the perfect gastronomic adventure.
All’Oro, The H’All Tailor Suite, Via Giuseppe Pisanelli 25, 00196 Rome, +39 06 9799 6907