With the spring comes warmer weather and longer days, ideal for eating ‘al fresco’ at one of Rome’s fabulous rooftop restaurants and many of the Eternal City’s best fine dining establishments also boast amazing views.
Here is our pick of the best panoramic restaurants for an unforgettable meal in Rome:
With its enviable position atop the 17th century Palazzo Manfredi, Michelin-starred Aroma offers an unparalleled view of the Colosseum and a sophisticated yet intimate ambience. Young chef Giuseppe di Iorio has devised an enticing menu which combines Italian traditions with fresh, innovative ingredients and techniques. Time your dinner reservation for sunset for one of the most romantic experiences in Rome.
Aroma, Palazzo Manfredi, Via Labicana 125, Rome. Tel: +39 06 9761 5109
The top floor of the Bernini Bristol hotel in Piazza Barberini is home to celebrity chef Andrea Fusco’s creative restaurant Giuda Ballerino! The décor is modern while the menu swings between time-honoured regional classics to more surprising combinations, always with a focus on fresh, local ingredients, all to be enjoyed with a stunning panorama of the Roman rooftops.
Giuda Ballerino! Hotel Bernini Bristol, Piazza Barberini 23, Rome. Tel: +39 06 4201 0469
Follow in the footsteps of celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and John F. Kennedy by booking a table at the rooftop restaurant of the historic Hotel Hassler, perched at the very top of the Spanish Steps. Chef Francesco Apreda’s delectable Michelin-starred creations take influence from both Italy and beyond, while the view over the Eternal City is simply breathtaking.
Imàgo, Hotel Hassler Roma, Piazza Trinità dei Monti 6, Rome. Tel: +39 06 6993 4726
With its plush, pastel furnishings, twinkling crystal lights, impeccable service and refined atmosphere, Mirabelle is an elegant fine-dining restaurant with a fabulous vista. The menu is a celebration of Mediterranean flavours with a focus on seafood and seasonal produce, all served with a gourmet flourish, while the location offers a sweeping view across the domes of the city.
Mirabelle, Hotel Splendide Royale, Via di Porta Pinciana, 14, Rome. Tel: +39 06 4216 8838
La Terrazza dell’Eden
The recent refurbishment of Hotel Eden saw the top floor transformed into a modern dining room with a spectacular view. The dark interior and dim lighting help to make Rome herself the star of the show here, though the delicious food plays an important supporting role. The menu is firmly rooted in Roman traditions and local ingredients, albeit revisited with flair inspired by chef Fabio Ciervo’s international experience.
La Terrazza dell’Eden, Hotel Eden, Via Ludovisi 49, Rome. Tel: +39 06 4781 2752
The stalwart of Rome’s fine-dining scene and the city’s only 3-Michelin starred restaurant, a meal at La Pergola is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Located at the 5-star Rome Cavalieri hotel on the Monte Mario hill on the outskirts of the city, the restaurant exudes class and luxury from every angle. Chef Heinz Beck’s menu is a feast of extravagance, the service is flawless, and the view is spectacular.
La Pergola, Rome Cavalieri Wardorf Astoria, Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, Rome. Tel: +39 06 3509 2152
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