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“A flawless evening.”

Imago at the Hassler
Ranked #98 of 12,760 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Campo Marzio
Description: Hours: Dinner: 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm. Open 7 days a week. Chef Francesco Apreda
Reviewed October 26, 2012

I ate at Imago on my last night in Rome in a party of three. Dining experiences earlier in the week included Pergola (***) and Oliver Glowig (**). Here goes:

Location: Situated on the sixth floor of the Hassler, the restaurant has its own private elevator in the lobby. Upon arrival upstairs you are greeted with a sweeping view of Rome. The dining room is modern in style with adequate spacing between tables. Lighting is on the dusky side but this is offset by superb views of the Eternal City with many tables having unobstructed views of St. Peters.

Food: Imago offers a number of options, with an a la carte menu along with three separate degustation menus: a nine-course classic tasting menu, a vegetarian multi-course option, and an “Inspiration” menu alternative. Somewhat intrigued, we chose the latter which is a creative exercise where the Chef de Cuisine and sommelier work together spontaneously to come up with a menu based on the diner’s guidance and the Chef/Sommelier’s originality. This was the ideal choice for a table with different likes/dislikes and a great way to see what the kitchen was capable of delivering. Our menu was six courses with not a single false note. The highlight for me was the white truffle risotto (with the former shaved tableside) along with a glass of Terre Alte Livio Felluga (2009). Excellent!

Service: As a diner who almost always eats alone, one of the pleasures of the evening was watching the service-staff operate like an orchestra. All of our individual preferences were honored (without exception) and the knowledge of the team was second-to-none. There was a perfect combination of formality, politeness, and witty humor throughout the evening from the entire crew. We were never pressed to finish our courses and topping off of water and wine were timely without being intrusive.

Summary: As of this writing I have eaten at almost 40 Michelin-starred restaurants on three continents. Taking into account the ambience, service, and (most importantly) food this has to be a top-five overall experience. Mr. Apreda and his team delivered one of the most memorable dining experiences in all my years of travel. I look forward to a return visit in the years to come and predict a second star for these guys in the next 2-3 years.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Probably not the best food of our 5 day stay in Rome but the location, view, wine list and wonderful service make this a remarkable restaurant and one that is ideal for a special treat.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Perfect night in Rome thanks to the staff at the Imago! The view, the food and the service were absolute perfection.

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DirezioneHassler, Direttore generale at Imago at the Hassler, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2012

Dear Guest,

First of all I would like to thank you for having chosen our Imàgo Restaurant while in Rome, but also for having taken the time to give us your comments, which were much appreciated.

I was pleased to learn that we met your expectations and you enjoyed our renowned quality of service, care and attention.

We all look forward to welcoming you again to the Hassler and to Imàgo Restaurant in the near future.

Greetings from the Eternal City and kind regards,

Roberto E. Wirth
President and Managing Director

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

My husband and I dined at Imago for our ninth wedding anniversary, as part of a family trip to Rome. Wow! It has to be the best restaurant either of us has ever been to. We are not big gourmets, or big drinkers, or in the habit of going to really nice places, so we were a little nervous and intimidated but the staff was so kind and fun (we had three waiters and they were all adorable and very helpful with recommendations) and the food was just outstanding. They made a nice wine recommendation for us and guided us through the menu, which is a little daunting! Our dinner could not have been more perfect. They seated us facing the incredible views of Rome and St. Peter's, provided little tables for ladies' purses and treated us wonderfully. They weren't slavish in their attentions but they were kind, considerate and just nice. I can't remember all the courses, mini-courses and treats we had through the evening- I wish they would have given us a list to remember everything by! It was amazing. OMG you guys, treat yourselves right and go to Imago!

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4  Thank Marie C
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DirezioneHassler, Direttore generale at Imago at the Hassler, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2012

Dear Guest,

First of all I would like to thank you for having chosen our Restaurant Imàgo for celebrating such a special event, but also for your lovely note of appreciation.

I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed the food, together with the staff attention and would like you to know that I have passed on your compliments.

We all look forward to welcoming you again to the Hassler in the near future.

Greetings from the Eternal City and kind regards,

Roberto E. Wirth
President and Managing Director

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Our son stayed at this hotel and loved it. We had a wonderful dinner overlooking all of Rome with a seat by the window.We had immediate attention from many people.The decor is outstanding.It is very Art Deco and old Hollywood and glamorous.Every course was excellent.The chef sent out various extra tasting items that were great.We were raving about the food so much that our waiter brought Chef Apreda to our table and he asked if we wanted to see the kitchen.We were amazed at how small the kitchen was for the fabulous food but they said it was the best kitchen in Rome because they have a fabulous view!After dinner we went upstairs to the outdoor bar overlooking all of Rome.It was a once in a lifetime dinner !

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1  Thank fancythis72
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DirezioneHassler, Direttore generale at Imago at the Hassler, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Dear Guest,

I was glad to read that your son stayed with us in the past and thank you for having chosen our Imàgo Restaurant while in Rome, but also for having taken the time to write your lovely note.

It was nice to get your positive feedback and read your enthusiasm about your dinner.

On a closing note, I hope the future holds in store another opportunity for you to return to the Hassler and to Imàgo Restaurant.

Greetings from the Eternal City and kind regards,

Roberto E. Wirth
President and Managing Director

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