Rome's most historic street Via Vittorio Veneto - former home to the glitz and glam of the famed Dolce Vita - has had somewhat of a fall from grace of late. A sort of gastronomic wasteland, it is full... Read More
Rome's most historic street Via Vittorio Veneto - former home to the glitz and glam of the famed Dolce Vita - has had somewhat of a fall from grace of late. A sort of gastronomic wasteland, it is full of hotels only and no longer the playground of the Romans who prefer to eat in the inner and outer districts of the city. But now there's Flora. Located within the luxurious Marriot Grand Hotel Flora, Raffaele de Mase's menu is one that will not only delight foreigners visiting the city but locals too. Flora has a streetside bar so that you can actually drink and snack 'on' the Via Veneto and the moody stylish interior of the restaurant is a great escape after a day of sightseeing or work. The menu - gourmet without completely breaking the bank - pays tribute to seasonal Mediterranean and regional Italian produce and de Mase's creations include dishes like duck filled pasta served with pecorino cheese cream and a dusting of charred onion; burrata, porcini mushroom and fermented lemon risotto; and main courses like lamb shank served with almonds, chestnut cream and chicory. There are two tasting menus to choose from (5 course at 60 euro and 6 course at 80, excluding wine), freshly shucked oysters and caviar and an extensive but not overwhelming wine list. The cocktail bar is an ode to old school mixology with all the classics you'd expect but two signature 'Made in Flora' cocktails including the Midnight Witch (cinnamon vodka, Strega liqueur, contreau, lemon juice and chamomile syrup) and the Beetonic (Mare gin, tonic, beetroot essence and herb and salt butter). Open daily for lunch, dinner and an anytime drink, Flora is bringing back that well needed injection of life and colour to a historic street in Rome that deserves it and more.