Rome has no shortage of laid-back trattorias and trendy streetfood joints serving up delicious local cuisine and cheap vino, but some occasions call for an altogether more refined experience. From panoramic rooftops to Michelin-starred decadence, here is a list of some of the very best gourmet food experiences in the Eternal City.
Located in the pretty Trastevere neighbourhood, Cristina Bowerman’s Glass Hostaria stands out with its contemporary decor and experimental Italian/Mediterranean dishes, in an area more famed for family-run restaurants and cheap snack spots. The menu is regularly updated to showcase the best seasonal produce and there is an expert sommelier on hand to guide you through the impressive wine list. Don’t miss the signature dishes including beef tartare or ravioli filled with 60-month aged Parmesan and butter.
Situated on the rooftop terrace of the 5-star Hotel Hassler, Imàgo takes pride of place at the very top of the Spanish Steps in the heart of the centro storico. The beautiful dining room, romantic ambience and panoramic vista provide a perfect backdrop to sampling the stunning food, which has earned the restaurant a well-deserved Michelin star. Chef Francesco Apreda seamlessly combines Italian tradition with cutting edge techniques and international ingredients to create uniquely delicious plates. Try one of the tasting menus to sample the full range of flavours, while gazing out at the domes and rooftops of the Eternal City.
Boasting an impressive view of the Colosseum from the top floor of nearby hotel Palazzo Manfredi, Aroma is ideal for those wishing to combine fine dining with a touch of Roman history. The 7-course tasting menu is a great way to eat through a selection of chef Giuseppe di Iorio’s modern creations, which are frequently updated with the seasons. Try gin-infused Iberico pork or green risotto with quail, just make sure you leave enough space for the mouth-watering desserts.
Pipero (formerly Pipero al Rex) opened in 2011, and has recently moved to a new swanky premise on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. It has gained a loyal following over the years and a Michelin star thanks to the winning combination of restaurateur Alessandro Pipero and chef Luciano Monosilio. With a cuisine firmly based on Roman favourites, the quality of ingredients and modern techniques give the menu an intriguing twist on some of Rome’s best-loved dishes. Don’t miss the Carbonara, which is considered to be one of the best in town.