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Special Dinner in Rome on Last Night of 25th Anniversary Trip

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jepitcairn Aug 27, 2011 04:21 PM

My wife and I are off to Venice, Florence, and Rome at the end of September on a 25th Anniversary celebratory adventure. I have a great list of restaurants for the trip -- thanks to the wonderful and knowledgeable folks on this board -- but wanted to find a particularly special place for dinner in Rome on the last night of the trip. By "special," I mean top-knotch food, service, and ambience. I'd appreciate any and all recommendations. With thanks, John.

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  1. tavoleromane RE: jepitcairn Aug 27, 2011 05:05 PM

    "Top of the top" in Rome is La Pergola at Cavalieri Hilton! Very expensive but it worth every penny. Book asap if you are interested because it is difficult to find a table.
    A bit less expensive and with more Roman food I'd recommend Agata and Romeo.
    Antico Arco and Settembrini can be also nice for this special dinner at more affordable prices.
    You can find a lot of additional information on these restaurants searching in this board.

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    Antico Arco
    Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

    Agata e Romeo
    Via Carlo Alberto 45, Rome 00185, IT

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

    Settembrini
    Via Luigi Settembrini, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

    1. vinoroma RE: jepitcairn Aug 28, 2011 12:22 AM

      Special & top notch is for me (in this order): la pergola (where it might be too late to get a reservation), il pagliaccio, glass, all'oro, metamorfosi.

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        tavoleromane RE: vinoroma Aug 28, 2011 03:54 AM

        I love Glass and I've just written a post on Dissapore web magazine about it, but in my opinion it can be the right choice for this anniversary dinner only if John and his wife are looking for creative Italian food. Similar consideration for All'Oro.
        I was just once at Il Pagliaccio and it is not enough to evaluate a restaurant of this level.
        Want to try Metamorfosi, I've read great things about it and Chef and Sous Chef working there are a guarantee.
        Have you aver been at Agata e Romeo vinoroma?

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        Il Pagliaccio
        Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 130, Roma 00186, IT

        Agata e Romeo
        Via Carlo Alberto 45, Rome 00185, IT

        All'Oro
        Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

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          hmast RE: tavoleromane Sep 2, 2011 03:47 AM

          Would love more info on Glass. Do you have a link to your post?

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            zerlina RE: hmast Sep 2, 2011 09:12 AM

            It's here in Italian:
            http://www.dissapore.com/mangiare-fuo...

            If you put it through Google Translate, you get a (very?) garbled version.

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              tavoleromane RE: hmast Sep 2, 2011 12:22 PM

              Thank you Zerlina and sorry for being late in the answer.
              Here it is also the full version posted in our blog http://tavoleromane.wordpress.com/201...
               
              I don't like self-references but in this case I do an exception because there was a specific question and the post 
              includes some pics from the current tasting menu that can be useful for CHers. Pressing the translate button you can read an English automatic translation in order to get an idea but as Zerlina says it is not so understandable! In the post (both short version for Dissapore and the one on our blog) Glass is compared to a theatre with specific metafors and Google translator can't get them at the best! However I was there recently to taste the new menu and if you want some further explanations let me know! I'll be happy to help!

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                hmast RE: tavoleromane Sep 2, 2011 01:03 PM

                Yes, I would love to hear about the new menu. We will be there the first week of November. How often do they change their menus? I feel like I'm hijacking this post. Is this proper CH etiquette? I'm new to all this, but will soon be putting up my restaurant picks for some good old fashioned CH critique. Right now still narrowing down my list! But Glass has struck a chord with me and want to hear more.

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                  tavoleromane RE: hmast Sep 4, 2011 07:34 AM

                  Sorry for the late answer hmast (and jen kalb too) and I hope this additional information about Glass will be helpful to plan your trip and to other interested CHers.
                  Actually I'm very surprised to find so few discussions about this michelin-star restaurant here in CH. Let's hope this will remain in our “circle” and the restaurant will not become too much crowded with tourists after this ;)

                  The menu at Glass usually changes with seasons but not with a predefined schedule. Next change could be around end of October or beginning of November so you will not know earlier what exactly you will find when in Rome. Anyhow consider that the menu will not change as a whole and you'll find for sure dishes that allowed Cristina Bowerman to become famous in Rome and internationally.

                  Here is the tasting menu I had at the beginning of August, the “small” one with 6 tastes plus amuse bouche (65€). The menu with 9 tastes costs 90€.
                  It’s clearly written that a menu should be ordered by all the table, but the service was so kind to allow a change in the main dish just for me. I love the way they prepare pigeon and I couldn't dine at Glass without it!
                  Sorry in advance for some translations that can be not proper. The menu published in the restaurant web site (available in English too) unfortunately is not yet updated.

                  - Amuse bouche - "ciauscolo" cold cut from Marche region with little salad and a ripe cheese (pecorino maybe but I’m not sure to remember well)
                  - Pork belly with figs and bufala ricotta cheese – tender and interesting flavors mix
                  - Beef tartare, wasabi sauce and microgreens – colored and summer dish
                  Amatriciana sauce stuffed pasta, crunchy guanciale (mezzelune ripiene all’amatriciana) – “oscar” of the dinner in my opinion!
                  - Lamb fillet with Jerusalem artichoke (topinambur) cream – as I wrote I had just a little sample of it because I ordered pigeon with cherries and cocoa powder. Lamb too was excellent and a very particular cut.
                  - A dessert from the menu – I choose the hazelnat daquoise with strawberries and basil ice cream. Good quality of ingredients of course but I liked it less than the rest of the dinner. Tasted also a coffee soup, almond brittle and Baileys ice cream that I liked a bit more.
                  - Petits fours – 5 small sweet creations by the chef (I loved among them crème caramel, jelly and chocolate truffles)

                  Final mention for the bread, home made in different types, amazing! It is refilled without any additional cost.
                  Excellent wine selection too, with minimal surcharges for a restaurant of this level.

                  As already written some pics of this menu are posted in my blog, but these creations would deserve a professional and not anonymous photo session.

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                  Glass Hostaria
                  Vicolo de' Cinque, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

        2. minchilli RE: jepitcairn Aug 28, 2011 01:44 AM

          Ok, chiming in here behind vinoroma and tavoleromane (and pretty much agree with their choice) with my own tweaks in terms of order:
          La Pergola
          All'Oro
          Antico Arco
          Settembrini
          Personally, I'm not a fan of Agata e Romeo.

          For incredible, romantic setting there is the new restaurant Aroma, which hangs out almost on top of the Colosseum. The food is very good (not as good as above, but still very good), the service and ambiance are extraordinary. (I went there for my own birthday, as a 'special' occasion place).

          www.elizabethminchilli.com

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          Antico Arco
          Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

          Agata e Romeo
          Via Carlo Alberto 45, Rome 00185, IT

          Settembrini
          Via Luigi Settembrini, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

          All'Oro
          Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

          1. mbfant RE: jepitcairn Aug 28, 2011 04:02 AM

            La Pergola is the maximum. Next comes Il Pagliaccio, but its creativity may be more interesting for residents than visitors. Next come Il Convivio and Agata e Romeo, both of which I love. All'Oro is great, special-occasion food but more casual. Antico Arco and Settembrini (prefer the former) are also non-everyday places, but less special-occasion than the top of the list. Another at the top that nobody here ever mentions is Antonello Colonna, which is modern, elegant, and very good and well rooted in local tradition and ingredients despite occasional flights of exoticism.

            My one experience of Glass was negative. I like Metamorfosi but not as much as same chef's previous restaurant, Pipero in Albano Laziale.

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            Il Pagliaccio
            Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 130, Roma 00186, IT

            Antico Arco
            Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

            Agata e Romeo
            Via Carlo Alberto 45, Rome 00185, IT

            Antonello Colonna
            palazzo delle esposizioni,Scalinata di via Milano 9A, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT

            Settembrini
            Via Luigi Settembrini, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

            All'Oro
            Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

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              jepitcairn RE: jepitcairn Aug 28, 2011 09:39 AM

              Thank you all for your very prompt and excellent suggestions. Based on all of the input, I believe that we'll try Antico Arco for our last night. I'll be sure to post a trip report for the restaurants we visit during our trip.

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              Antico Arco
              Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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                cristinab RE: jepitcairn Aug 29, 2011 06:43 AM

                Great choice, you'll enjoy it! looking forward to reading the report!

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                  calumin RE: jepitcairn Sep 1, 2011 11:37 PM

                  i hate to be a bit of a downer, but I went to Antico Arco earlier this month as my last restaurant in Rome. It was good, but when you say last night of a 25th anniversary trip I don't think of this as being at that level.

                  I did think the food was good -- the main courses in particular. We had a carbonara that we really didn't like but the other courses were done well. I wouldn't say anything was memorable though.

                  The other thing (that I didn't think about until I left) is that the ambiance and decor is very contemporary. Also, on the night I was there it was about 75% Americans. As a result, it felt like a nice restaurant I could go to in Boston.

                  I think if I lived in Rome and wanted a nicer-than-usual dinner than this would be good, but not as a final, special dinner to cap an anniversary.

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                  Antico Arco
                  Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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                    mbfant RE: calumin Sep 2, 2011 01:23 AM

                    Aside from the fact that I think their carbonara is good and that, depending on when you go, many good places will seem to be frequented largely by foreigners, I would have to agree that it wouldn’t be my choice for a 25th anniversary unless I just didn’t want to pay for Agata or Convivio or Pagliaccio. As for the contemporary décor, get used to it. It's getting harder and harder to find celebration-worthy food in places with what we might call classic or traditional ambience. The only place that comes to mind is Al Ceppo, but I'm sure there are others that I'm blanking on.

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                    Al Ceppo
                    Via Panama, 2, Rome 00198, IT

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                      tavoleromane RE: calumin Sep 2, 2011 03:27 AM

                      What was wrong with carbonara? I'm curious to read other point of views since I think their "primi" choise is among the best you can find in Rome. And I love their carbonara with truffles! Maybe you was just looking for something more traditional (both in terms of food and decor) and in this case Antico Arco is simply not the right place.

                      Consider that Antico Arco is not between the most expensive restaurants you can find in Rome and you can expect to spend around 50-80€ per person (menu including all prices is available also in English on their website). I think it is obvious that spending the double, or even more, you can have a superior overall experience. Good recommendations in the higher price range restaurants were already mentioned in this thread.

                      Concerning the amount of tourists at Antico Arco, I remember a previous discussion here and it came out that it is better to ask a seat in the main room (ground floor) when you reserve and to go at a Roman dining time (21 or 21:30). Period of the year can influence too, during August many Romans are in vacation!

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                      Antico Arco
                      Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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                        jepitcairn RE: calumin Sep 2, 2011 02:56 PM

                        Thank you all for your additional posts. We're not looking for a really fancy/expensive Michelin-starred high-end foodie type experience this trip (among other reasons, we don't want to bring the clothes for it). We're looking for a really good Roman meal at a comfortable, quality restaurant with good service. I'll let you know whether or not Antico Arco fits the bill on our return!

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                        Antico Arco
                        Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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                          jen kalb RE: jepitcairn Sep 3, 2011 11:35 AM

                          we'd all enjoy knowing more abot Glass and its current menu.

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                          Glass Hostaria
                          Vicolo de' Cinque, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

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                            tavoleromane RE: jen kalb Sep 5, 2011 12:07 PM

                            Is the above report what you was asking for? I'm not sure if everything is clear. Let me know if you have any doubt.

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