A guide to Rome's Michelin-starred restaurants

Tuesday, 21 May 2015 1:14 PM

Italy has long been a popular destination for holidaymakers keen to enjoy world-class cuisine and relax in sumptuous accommodation. Although you can be confident of tucking into great-tasting fare wherever in the Italian capital you go, if you want a truly memorable meal it's worth heading to one of the city's Michelin-starred restaurants.

With more than a dozen such establishments to choose from, you should never be short of places to indulge in high-quality cuisine during your luxury city break. Once you've booked a flight to Rome - which you can do by clicking here - these are some of the best eateries to enjoy an evening meal at.

La Pergola

As La Pergola is the only restaurant in the city to be awarded three Michelin stars, it is an establishment that certainly ought to be on the must-visit list of any discerning foodie.

Situated within the five-star Rome Cavalieri hotel, this stunning eatery focuses on using the finest Mediterranean ingredients available to produce world-class gourmet fare. Although the menu is subject to change depending on the availability of seasonal produce, you can expect to tuck into dishes such as a composition of sole and black truffle served with green asparagus and soya-poached beef fillet served with garlic dandelion and wasabi puree.

The restaurant also offers more than 3,000 types of wine (some of which date back to 1888) and 29 varieties of water, so there should be plenty of scope to find something that suits your palate.

However, you shouldn't devote all of your attention to the mouth-watering food and drink - as the restaurant's decor is equally mesmerising. With the interior featuring hand-blown glassworks, an 18th century bronze candelabra and priceless porcelain, a meal out here will be an experience that you never forget. If you come in the summer, ask to dine on the terrace. This enables you to take in fantastic views of the city as you eat, while the famous dome of St Peter's Basilica can be glimpsed in the distance.

As you may have guessed, eating at the restaurant is a much sought-after experience so, if you want to come here, you are advised to book as far in advance as possible. If you are able to get a table, make sure you adhere to the dress code, which demands male guests wear a formal jacket.

Il Pagliaccio

Visiting the two Michelin-starred Il Pagliaccio also gives you the chance to enjoy some amazing food. Situated on Via dei Banchi Vecchi in the heart of Rome, this establishment strives to offer the perfect combination of traditional and modern culinary practices to provide a unique dining experience for customers.

Coming here will certainly prove a memorable and intimate occasion, though as the eatery only has 11 tables you should try to make a reservation as soon as possible as it is often quickly booked up.

Among the main courses that you can try are sole accompanied by leeks and a white chocolate foam and turbot served with spinach, pineapple oil and seaweed. The desserts offered, meanwhile, include a dark chocolate tart with a blood orange sorbet and brown bread ice cream and caramelia chocolate truffle.

Oliver Glowig

Dining at the Oliver Glowig restaurant situated in the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese will also make for a fantastic culinary experience. Like Il Pagliaccio, this establishment holds two Michelin stars and offers a diverse range of modern dishes.

The menu, devised by head chef Oliver Glowig, has a heavy emphasis on seafood, with steamed sea bass served with oysters and seaweed jelly among the many courses offered. Other options on the a la carte menu include herb-flavoured lamb with vegetable couscous and ginger, while a range of tasting menus are also offered.

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