Idylio by Apreda
Price Range: $$$
If a change really is as good as a holiday, it looks like this guy has had ten of them! One of Rome's most prominent and talented chefs (Michelin stars and various awards under his belt) caused an... Read More
If a change really is as good as a holiday, it looks like this guy has had ten of them! One of Rome's most prominent and talented chefs (Michelin stars and various awards under his belt) caused an uproar in early 2019 when news of him leaving the historic Hotel Hassler was no less shocking for the Roman food world than what would have been, say had John Lennon left the Beatles at the height of their fame! Francesco Apreda made the controversial move after more than a decade and so Idylio was born. Set within the five star luxurious design Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel, the philosophy here is rebirth and it can truly be felt. The menu is devised by three distinct tasting menus (6, 7 and 8 courses, 120, 140, 160 euro respectively) and each dish can be ordered individually as you choose. Highlights include the panko-crumbed scallop with black truffle and a surprise bufalo mozzarella centre, Apreda's takes on the roman classics 'Pollo ai Peperoni' (his is slow cooked for 4 days) and 'Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino' (this version is served with angel hair pasta and topped with smoked eel), and a delectable, sensory journey with a four-way prepared foie gras. As always, Apreda's travels through Japan and India and his Neapolitan heritage can be savoured throughout the menu. Apreda is supported in the state-of-the-art kitchen by the talented head chef Francesco Focaccia, sous chef Luca Caporilli and pastry chef Edvige Simoncelli. Around 600 labels make the wine list with more to come and the impeccable dining floor service led by Alessandro D'Andrea makes you feel right at home, a rarity in many fine dining establishments. Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Bookings can be made online. Tram: 8, 3.
- Best Restaurants: "Bookings are a must and can be made online. Head over early in the warmer months to have a drink on the Divinity rooftop terrace."
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Apreda is one of Rome's finest chefs and gourmands won't want to miss him while in town.