A history of more than two and a half thousand years reflects in every element of the city and this may very well be the reason that Rome is one of the most beloved places in the world. The allure and grandeur of the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, or many other popular attractions such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon are too much to resist even for high flying celebrities – and you can often find them at some these famous sites.
When they are not sightseeing, you can catch them heading out to the elite restaurants here that offer the best food fest possible. Here’s a list of some of the best restaurants in Rome, the ones where celebrities often come to quench their hunger for classy food and drink, Italian style.
Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, Roma, Italy
3 Michelin stars should say it all and yet, there’s a lot more to La Pergola, the roof restaurant that offers an unmatched view of the city of Rome, with dishes and drinks to match. Super expensive, this place is among the costliest in the city (and probably the world), but the experience does complete justice to its price. The breathtaking view of the city invites you in as you get to your table and the warm approach of the staff immediately puts you at ease. The Ravioli stuffed with Carbonara sauce, Petits Fours, Duck Foie Gras with Apple, Almond and Amaretti and the Fagotelli ‘La Pergolla’ are all favorites with the guests as is the specially designed 9 course meal. Chef Heinz Beck’s brilliance and special twist comes across in every dish, complimented by great service, amazing interiors and on occasion, the starry company of celebrities!
Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 129/a, 00186 Roma, Italy
A romantic dinner with your loved one, or a flirty lunch with someone you’ve only met in the beautiful city of Rome, Il Pagliaccio is perfect for all this and more. Here, you will see the business crowds mingle effortlessly with classy tourists and its 2 Michelin stars are enough to attract A-listers too. Sophisticated Italian fusion is the specialty of this restaurant and a location right in the heart of the city makes this a go-to restaurant. The multi-course dinner is a great choice for those who wish to enjoy the best variety the restaurant has to offer while those with distinct tastes can order off the exquisite menu. Make sure you book your tables well in advance though as the restaurant only has place for around 28 diners – talk about specialty dining! Well, things are so cozy here that if a celebrity’s in the house, you might feel that you’re out on a dinner date together!
Hostaria dell’Orso di Gualtiero Marchesi
Via dei Soldati, 25/C, 00186 Roma, Italy
This restaurant gives you the feel of walking into an extremely classy Italian home and this about sums up the ambience at the Hostaria dell’Orso di Gualtiero Marchesi. Well, considering that the location is indeed an old 14th century property, this makes it a great choice for romantic diners in Rome. The food here is as beautiful as the building and while pricey, the menu certainly has a great variety that does justice to the charges. The Veal Filet Rossini, Seared Scallops and Risotto are the favorites here while even the Cannelloni is special. Set meals as well as A La Carte menus are offered so visitors do have a choice here. The service is friendly and professional and this makes everything even more comforting. Intriguing, interesting, unique and an entire list of words have been used for this restaurant and all it takes you is one visit to learn why.
Agata E Romeo
Via Carlo Alberto, 45, 00185 Roma, Italy
An innovative menu carefully put together by the restaurateur couple Agata Parisella and Romeo Caraccio makes this place a hit with classy crowds. Warm, welcoming and cozy describes the ambience at Agata E Romeo and while the traditional dishes are made to perfection, the contemporary dishes are as innovative as they can get. With dishes to compliment the season as well, the menu here is always interesting. The Michelin star is well justified in every detail, making the restaurant a reliable choice for both classy tourists as well as the high-flying celebrities. A flawless reputation makes the restaurant an ideal choice for both and the experience surely does justice to all the hype. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner or a friendly get-together, this one is great for all this and everything else in between. One last thing – if you find the door locked, do not fret, you need to ring the bell and it will be opened to welcome you!
Il Convivio di Troiani
Vicolo dei Soldati, 31, 00186 Roma, Italy
The Troiani brothers, Angelo, Massimo and Giuseppe started the establishment in 1990 and over the years, this restaurant has come to be regarded as one of Rome’s finest. Traditional Roman dishes are given an inimitable twist and presented to you in lip-smacking forms, all this while you enjoy the balanced attention from its well-trained staff. Even the diners are encouraged to experiment and the ambience that matches this spirit is enough to cheer you on. Roast Pigeon, Courgette flowers stuffed with Mozzarella and Anchovies, as well as the Gragnano Vermicelli Pasta Amatriciana are favorites here. The dining experience is a unique one, quite different from any other restaurant you may have been to. Old elegance sharing equal space with modern moves describes the Il Convivio di Troiani perfectly, making it a great choice for your culinary satisfaction. Of course, the celebrities head here for the same reasons too!
While the true essence of Rome is on its streets, these classy restaurants are also worth their weight in gold. After all, a perfect balance is what makes a great holiday and with celebrities thrown into the mix, your visit to Rome is sure to be a memorable one.