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Young Roman chefs who take a risk with the drive to open their own restaurant in this current Italian economy must be applauded. And Antonio Ziantoni is the latest to venture out on his own after... Read More
Young Roman chefs who take a risk with the drive to open their own restaurant in this current Italian economy must be applauded. And Antonio Ziantoni is the latest to venture out on his own after stints in some very reputable dining establishments. For four years he worked with Anthony Genovese of Rome's two-Michelin starred Il Pagliaccio and even with England's Gordon Ramsey. He chose Trastevere - a neighborhood in need of dining evolution - and his could very well be the Rome restaurant opening of the year. His stellar curriculum and talent will certainly stand him in good stead. The interiors and fit out at Zia are an ode to those all too familiar Scandinavian lines infiltrating the city but with Made in Italy design touches, Ziantoni and co. have truly made it their own. With less than 30 covers, it's an intimate space and away from the more crowded zones of the quartiere. The menu will attract a crowd looking for quality and innovation on the plate, but the prices are extremely reasonable for Trastevere and for the refined technique you find on the plate. There are 5 entrees,5 first course and 5 main courses to choose from as well as a 5-course tasting menu (55 euro) and a 3-course lunch menu (30 euro). The menu will change each season and some of the current highlights include lamb sweetbreads with mozzarella and tomato; a delectable pulled pork salad; panzerotti with smoked cockerel; and a most tender lamb and mustard dish. And when it comes to dessert, Christian Marasca's delights don't disappoint, especially the spectacular Tourbillon. If innovative fine dining is what you're after in Rome but you don't want to break the bank, Zia certainly won't disappoint. TRAM: 3 8. BUS: 75, H.
- Best for Romantic Dining Because: Fine dining without being stuffy, Zia is perfect for a special romantic outing.
- Recommended as Best Value Because: Not many places in Rome afford this quality for under 60 euro.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Antonio Ziantoni and team are going places so get on the bandwagon early!