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May 21, 2011 06:55 PM

Rooftop Restaurant in Rome

I am getting married this June in Italy. On our last night in Rome before returning back home I would love to take my new husband for a meal with a gorgeous view of Rome at night. I also want good food! It doesn't have to be pretentious - just wonderful simple food with great wine and views.
Any tips?

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  1. Have a look at these, but for a splurge the rooftop restaurant at The Hassler would be my choice.

    1. Simple food and important views aren't easily found together except on the side of a mountain. In the city, the Hassler (the restaurant is called Imàgo) and La Pergola are the classic great restaurants with view, and either would be memorable. La Terrazza at the Eden is also very good. These are all very expensive. The Atlante Star has a lovely roof garden, but I've never heard anything good about the food. I have eaten at the Hotel Forum, great view, fairly recently (events, not choice), and the food was as bad as I feared (very).

      My latest discovery in the view department is Circus, atop the Hotel Fortyseven, very centrally located between the Circus Maximus and the Tiber. The view is spectacular and the setting comfortable and correct but still relaxed, and the food is varied and well prepared and made with great ingredients.

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      1. re: mbfant

        Circus actually looks interesting to a non-celebrant- wondering how much it costs?

        Also, some friends are staying at the Raphael next month - it too has a rooftop hotel, any intelligence about the quality of the food? Its been a few years since we had a Chowhound report. on it

        La Pergola
        Via A Cadlolo 101,, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

        Piazza Trinità dei Monti, 6, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

        Aroma at Palazzo Manfredi
        Via Labicana,125, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT

        La Terrazza Hotel Eden
        Via Ludovisi,49, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

        Terrazza Bramante at Hotel Raphael
        Largo Febo,2, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

        Circus at Hotel 47
        Via Luigi Petroselli,47, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

        Atlante Star
        Via Giovanni Vitelleschi,34, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

      2. I agree with Maureen on her choices in general, but would also add the following:
        Aroma atop the Palazzo Manfredi. It's literally sitting on top of the Colosseum, and is extremely romantic.
        Another choice, and certainly much less expensive is the hotel on top of the Mediterraneo. This is a 1930\s style hotel, near the station. Very old world elegant, and the terrace is divine. A different kind of view, but very very nice.
        Have a great trip!

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        1. re: minchilli

          Yes, I forgot Aroma. The view is amazing. Have you eaten there? The menu is promising.

          1. re: mbfant

            Yes, I've eaten there a few times. Very good! Expensive, but good.

            1. re: mbfant

              I ate once at aroma, admittedly at a group event, and the beautiful view was the only thing that was good. Food (fish) was of iffy quality and service terrible.

            2. re: minchilli

              adding a lilnk

              Hotel Mediterraneo Roof Garden Restaurant
              Via Cavour, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT

            3. One of my favorite blogs is Ron in Rome. He's recently upgraded everything to a more "professional" status. This link has a ton of restaurants, complete with pictures.


              Don't know why it's not "hot", but you can cut and paste.

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              1. re: arashall

                its a hot link - thats quite a list and it seems like Ron is assembling some interesting info- missing from the link any real info about how good the food at thee rooftop restaurants is. the one thing that the chowhond board is invaluable for.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  Most if not all of those blurbs are clearly taken directly from the establishments own publicity -- they're written in the first person. It's a handy roundup, but useless in any critical sense.