10 Panoramic Restaurants in Rome

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Peter Iltchev

Rome is the heart of the Italian dolce vita, and its panoramic restaurants are the epitome of the sweet life for which the capital has become known. They offer the unique chance to view the city from a number of privileged viewpoints and to try foods from cuisines both local and international. Take a look, and don’t forget your camera.

1. Mirabelle

Restaurant, Mediterranean

Villa Borghese
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The 7th-floor gourmet terrace belonging to the Hotel Splendide Royal lies at the foothills of the Pincio, one of the seven hills upon which the city was founded. The historic centre stretches out in front of guests, from the Villa Medici just below, to Saint Peter’s Basilica and across the Tiber. The Mirabelle‘s head chef, Stefano Marzetti, has worked at some of Rome’s most prestigious dining institutions, including Antico Arco and the world-famous La Pergola (see below), bringing with him a real passion for meat and fish specialties, and an adventurous selection of pasta and risotto dishes. The risotto with foie gras and liquorice powder is a fine example of his skills.

2. La Pergola

Hotel Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

A glass of wine in the candle light
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Rome’s classiest restaurant hardly needs any introduction, but for those who are unfamiliar with it, La Pergola has the honor of being the Italian capital’s only awardee of three Michelin Stars. This is owed largely to Heinz Beck, who has proved his loyalty, having been at its helm as head chef for over 20 years, and who is recognized for his culinary efforts both in Italy and abroad. The nine-course gourmet menu comes in at quite a price, and if you’d like for it to be paired with one of the 60,000 bottles contained within La Pergola’s wine cellar it’ll will cost you extra. It goes without saying that booking well in advance is a must in order to have the privilege of savoring this exquisite treat for the senses, all whilst looking down onto the Roman landscape beneath.

3. Imàgo

Restaurant, Diner, Italian, Contemporary

In 1956, Oscar Wirth, the owner of the Hassler Hotel, resolved to cover the terrace of the historic palace perched on the top of the Spanish Steps, making it Rome’s very first panoramic restaurant. Initially considered a controversial move, it went on to welcome the likes of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Audrey Hepburn and Federico Fellini through its doors as regular guests. 60 years after this innovation, the restaurant was entirely renovated and renamed the Imàgo, but without losing its charm in the process. Neapolitan chef Francesco Apreda has continued building on the Imàgo‘s legacy, reworking traditional Italian flavors with a touch of exoticness, having spent time working in both Japan and India.

4. Shinto Sky View

Bar, Restaurant, Sushi

Food at Shinto Sky View
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After a successful debut at its Via Veneto location in 2006, Shinto recently opened another sushi joint, however this time at the First Luxury Art Hotel. Situated between the banks of the Tiber and the boutique-lined Via del Corso, the view from above looks onto the neighbouring rooftops and extends across the rest of the city. The design of the restaurant is easy-on-the-eye, with black-and-white furniture on a dark wooden parquet floor and a lit-up bar in the centre. The magical atmosphere is coupled with a menu featuring impeccably prepared sushi as well as other Asian specialties. The terrace is open to guests from May to October, weather permitting.

5. La Terrazza dell'Eden

Hotel Restaurant, Italian

The interior of La Terrazza dellEden
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A leisurely stroll north of Piazza Barberini takes visitors to the front of the Hotel Eden where, after being ushered in by a porter and after taking the lift to the top floor, La Terrazza dell’Eden is to be found. Covered from the elements, the restaurant was recognized for its impeccable guest-oriented attitude by the Gambero Rosso guide, receiving the Best Service in a Hotel Restaurant in 2015. Chef Fabio Ciervo’s experience in the kitchen is indisputable after working at some of the world’s finest haute-cuisine dining venues, alongside Michel Roux at the Waterside Inn in Bray, and Martín Berasategui in San Sebastián (both three-starred Michelin restaurants). Fabio uses predominantly local ingredients, often fusing Italian and Mediterranean recipes with an oriental touch. For a special treat, order the specially imported beluga caviar.

6. Hotel Forum Roof Garden

Restaurant, Italian

Hotel Forum Roof Garden
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The Roman Forum is one of the busiest spots on the city’s tourist route, and getting caught up in the crowds in 40-degree heat in the middle of summer is a far from pleasant experience. From the Roof Garden of the Hotel Forum, you can dine in peace on the large terrace while watching over the gathering place of ancient civilisations below. All year long, guests can look forward to a generous buffet lunch at a reasonable price, and an à-la-carte menu throughout the day which includes an ample selection of vegetarian options as well as fresh fish which is delivered daily. The refined yet relaxed setting above the Forum of Nerva is ideal for all occasions, from business lunches to private functions, and even when the weather isn’t opportune you can enjoy a panorama of the historic centre without feeling the chill.

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