ll Italian food is world renowned for its flavoursome use of seasonal ingredients, and most of us are familiar with eating and even cooking the classic dishes. The Italian capital, however, offers the chance to sample these dishes at the peak of quality wherever your Rome design hotel is situated.
Of course most Roman restaurant proprietors will pride themselves on the quality of their pizza and pasta dishes, but there are some restaurants that are a must for certain dishes. La Tavernaccia on Via Giovanni di Castel Bolognese offers traditional pasta dishes of the highest quality – the family style Classic Lasagne is a must when available. The restaurant is mainly used by locals, which is always a good sign, and is a great place for excellent pasta. While a true Carbonara can be hard to come by in the UK, not so in Rome! Reserve a table at La Carbonara, on Via Panisperna, and you can be assured the aptly named restaurant will deliver on the quality.
The city is famous for producing the thinnest crust pizzas you are likely to get anywhere and, after eating one, it is unlikely that you will ever want a deep pan version again! La Gatta Mangiona, on Via F. Ozonam, offers you a choice of the Roman thin crust or the Neapolitan puffy edged versions – both of which are mouth-watering.
For fans of seafood, a visit to Il Tempio di Iside, on Via Verri, will give you the opportunity to sample wonderful dishes using unusual ingredients like spider crab and swordfish.
If fine dining is more to your taste and you want venture out a little further than the restaurant in your Rome design hotel, the tiny Ristaronte All Oro holds one Michelin Star and is the perfect place to start. Head chef Riccardo di Giacinto has worked with Ferran Adria and Marco Pierre White, so, unsurprisingly, his food is experimental and he reworks the classics into innovative and delicious dishes.
The only restaurant in the city to hold three Michelin Stars is La Pergola, which offers a complete and luxurious dining experience. The candlelit terrace looks over the Eternal City and the ambience created is truly magical; as you dine on delicious food you are surrounded by precious artifacts.
Italy is famous for its ice cream and the capital can hold its own in this department! Traditional family businesses have thrived with the production of this delicacy for centuries. Cafe Giolotti is probably the most famous gelateria in the city and it is a well-earned accolade. In business since 1900, it is situated just a few blocks away from the Pantheon. The array of flavours on offer is overwhelming so make sure you allow plenty of time to make your choice.
If you’re looking for the classic Tartufo, which consists of a ball of ice cream coated in chocolate chunks concealing a cherry, head over to the Tre Scalini on the Piazza Navona. And, while excellent gelato is available on practically every corner, for quirky service traditions and excellent flavours Cafe Giolotti is highly recommended.
Food is truly at the heart of the Roman culture and the above suggestions are just a handful of the wonderful restaurants you can discover for yourself in the Eternal City. Venture out in any direction from your Rome design hotel and you’ll stumble across any number of hidden gems.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Looking for a great hotel in Rome? Roberta Stuart is the Travel Manager for Worldhotels, a company offering top class accommodation in a Rome design hotel, as well as a selection of unique four and five star hotels around the world.
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