Rome - La Pergola or Antico Arco
I am going to Rome in early December to celebrate a birthday and 1st Anniversary. I wanted to have one special occassion meal while I am in Rome and have been able to get a reservation at both La Pergola and Antico Arco on the same night. I was wondering if anyone has been to both and would recommend one over the other? Or should I try to change the reservations so I can go to both? I am only there for the weekend and think that 2 special occassion dinners will not only break the bank but may also be a little exhausting and not as much fun as going to a local family trattoria? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
We were just in Rome last week, and went to La Pergola. We were celebrating our anniversary and honestly loved every minute of it. We ate at many other great and delicious places as well, but nothing on this level that I could compare to. It's in no way traditional Roman cuisine or for that matter, traditional Italian. If that's what you are looking for, I would choose something else. Perhaps Agata e Romeo? However, if you are looking for a great night no matter what city you're in I would go back to La Pergola without a thought.
The service was fantastic, without being too stuffy or overbearing. The food was amazing. We chose to do the chef's tasting. The portions are small, but with nine courses, that's not a bad thing. The dessert course is a meal in and of itself. If you're into wine, you could spend hours gazing at the wine list. Also, the views are fantastic. My suggestion, if you decide to go, is to get there early and sit outside for a bit. The drinks are great, and they bring you lots of yummy treats while you're out there.
Whatever you decide I'm sure you'll have a great time!
They are not in the same league. Antico Arco is very good and friendly, very attractive and youthful. La Pergola has three Michelin stars, meaning it is not only very good but much more formal and way more expensive. If you can afford La Pergola, and presumably you can, it would certainly be a memorable experience, but you could probably have three more fantastic dinners for the price of the one evening there. Depends on your priorities. I like Antico Arco but it's not on my major celebration list. But if you want to interpret your celebration as a three-day affair, it would be great for one of the dinners.