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“Herbs and spices gone AWOL” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ad Hoc

Ad Hoc
Ranked #119 of 12,045 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $54 - $77
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Campo Marzio
Description: On the romantic corner of Via di Ripetta, at the heart of the Eternal City, Ad Hoc restaurant in Rome is the ideal place to enjoy pleasant moments of relaxation complemented by the traditional tastes and ancient aromas of Roman and Mediterranean cuisine. An intimate dining destination for all seasons, you can expect a warm greeting at Ad Hoc restaurant in Rome before taking your seat to enjoy high quality cuisine, skilfully prepared with the freshest fish, meat and seasonal game. Truffle all the year with a dedicated menu. Chef Marco Casentini insists on taking no shortcuts with the quality of his ingredients, and the chef's passion for the light cuisine he prepares makes him confident that each dish is worth the wait. Ad Hoc restaurant is also proud of its wine cellar. Compiled from continuous and careful research into the best labels, the wine list showcases 800 wines .
Montreal, Canada
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“Herbs and spices gone AWOL”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Ad Hoc has been on the top list of reviewers for sometime. It is indeed a nice and cosy restaurant designed around a wine cellar plentiful of a fine collection of wines available at reasonable prices. Welcome is warm and service is attentive. The menu itself is interesting and innovative. Yet there is something missing: it would seem that the chef has lost the key to the spice cabinet and access the herb garden. As a consequence the food, artfully presented, is rather bland and lacks in flavor and aromas (except, of course, for anything that contains truffle...).
As a single example, the pesce crudo antipasto has a uniform taste when one would have expected a bit of fresh coriander here, a drop of balsamico there or anything that enhances, in a subtle manner, raw bone or shell fish. Olive oil, whatever its quality, and lemon juice are not a universal support for all carpaccios...The same comments apply to every dish we selected: well cooked and presented but just missing this dosage of added ingredients that would have made them memorable. But do try a bottle of Cervaro della Sala, one of the finest white chardonnay from Umbria: what the food is missing you will find in the fabulous taste of this exceptional wine.

  • Visited December 2012
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“If you like truffles, this is where to go”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

Ad hoc’s version of the Pumpkin Blossoms (14.90€) were fried and then stuffed with three ricotta cheese fillings - black truffle, asparagus and honey mushrooms. As you can already see in the picture of the dish below, the blossoms were anything but light and crispy. The blossoms were enormous and overly battered and stuffed. The ricotta fillings were bland, the only one which had even a hint of flavour was the black truffle.

My main, a seasonal dish, was gnocchi with prawns and black truffle, redeemed the restaurant as the gnocchi was cooked perfectly (not too soft with a hint of chewiness) and well-seasoned with the black truffle butter sauce. It’s really hard to go wrong when you’re mixing butter and truffles! The prawns were cooked well; the prawns were a good size, fresh and had a hint of sweetness. The gnocchi was topped with a generous helping of freshly shaved black truffle which added to its decadence.

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  • Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Dinner for Two in Rome over New Year's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

We found Ad Hoc through some friends "in-the-know" in Rome. The service was outstanding. It was warm, inviting and intimate. It's a great date spot or good for smaller groups in the main dining areas. Very cozy with all the different bottles of wine on the wall. The food was spectacular and the wine was the perfect pairing the entire way through the meal. We are going back to Ad Hoc every time we visit Rome!

  • Visited December 2012
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“Perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

The food and service were excellent. If we come to Rome again we would definitively revisit this restaurant.

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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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“Superb tasting menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

We had the tasting menu and it was first class. The wine tat accompanied each course was excellent; highly recommended and we would definitely visit again when in Rome.

  • Visited December 2012
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