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“Gastronomical treat with a view”
Review of La Pergola

La Pergola
Ranked #46 of 13,067 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $70 - $600
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: One of the best restaurants in Rome, if not in Italy, La Pergola is much more than just a famous menu. Its three-Michelin stars - the only Rome restaurant to be accorded such an honour - attest to the excellence of its cuisine. A wine cellar with over 53,000 bottles, a water menu with 29 choices, olive oils and vintage balsamic vinegars from the best producers in Italy, and the finest ingredients to be sourced in the Mediterranean -- all attest to the pursuit of culinary excellence. In the last decade the major Italian gastronomic guides such as L'Espresso, Gambero Rosso, Bibenda have consistently voted La Pergola the "Best Restaurant of Rome" and one of the best in Italy. Since November 2005 the Michelin Guide has honoured La Pergola with 3 stars and 5 forks, symbol of exceptional cuisine and "worth a special journey". Furthermore, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences has awarded La Pergola with the coveted "Five Star Diamond Award!" Each year the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, renowned worldwide, bestows its coveted International STAR DIAMOND AWARD exclusively on five star establishments that are deemed to be of pinnacle quality by its esteemed Board of Trustees. The award is the most prestigious emblem of achievement and true quality: an award many strive for, but few obtain.
Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a very expensive but superb foodie adventure. This restaurant is on the top floor of the Rome Cavielieri Hotel about a 20 minute cab ride outside of the city center. Be sure to bring an appetite and don't be in a hurry. Luxuriate in the experience! The views overlooking Rome are spectacular, so have your concierge ask for window side or patio seating.
We started with Italian champagne and decided to order appetizers, first courses and entrees
instead of the tasting menu. They brought several Amuse Bouche and a lovely bread selection accompanied with a specialty olive oil. Don't miss the focaccia.
My husband started with foie gras two ways with fresh spring peas that defy description. I had a tuna tartare that was light and delicious. For first courses, we had zucchini blossoms with caviar and risotto with scampi. We can highly recommend both. As entrees, we had lamb loin and the turbot. The lamb loin was simply devine, and although the turbot was delicious, the preparation
was not my favorite.
I must say that the wine list is daunting, but the sommelier was incredibly helpful and unpretentious. They have an Italian list and then a second menu for all the rest! We started with an Antinori Cabernet Franc Super Tuscan and it was amazing (Matarocchio 2009).
The second bottle was an Azienda Agricola Duemani (Suisassi 2009). Also very special.
At meal's end, we were too full for dessert, but they arrived with a silver cabinet filled with drawers of confections, jellied fruit and sweets. The tower of temptation was too much to resist, so we ordered espressos, nibbled at goodies and enjoyed the evening thoroughly.
They did not add a service charge to the bill and if you feel inclined to leave a tip, they much prefer cash, as the government taxes are very high.

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Don't be in a rush, and make sure you're hungry. Even if you avoid the extensive tasting menu, the additional freebie dishes which intersperse your a la carte selection will make sure you don't leave hungry. Superb wine list, and impeccable food. Lovely attentive service, and a beautiful room with a great view. It was without fault, though when you spend over 500 Euros for two, I guess you should expect that. And maybe I didn't order well, but I have to say of the few Michelin 3 stars I have visited, this is the first where I didn't depart thinking "wow".

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Reviewed March 21, 2014

From start to finish,this dining experience was stunning. We had the taster menu and every course was a delight. Look out for the water menu (about an inch thick!) the wine tomes (the Italian wines alone stretch to another inch) and the choice of salt. What can I say, I had the black Hawaiian Volcanic salt-ace. Don't be put off by the wine, grab the sommelier and ask for his help. We paired wine with our courses and it was lovely.
Highlight for me was when Heinz Beck came over and chatted with us at the end of service. He was genuinely pleased that we'd chosen his restaurant-what a guy!

3  Thank Nadine T
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Great food and service. Very expensive! Most I've ever paid for a meal but, I looked at the menu on line and was prepared.Don't order desert they will bring you a silver box with drawers full of treats.Everything is perfectly made, perfectly pretty and perfectly tasty. We had a shared appetizer of pate with apple jelly that was amazing! No greasy pate fat left on your tongue, just kind of sweet and almost pastrylike.I ate the fagotelli and it was good.And the kicker.. We didn't go away hungry.Yes ,small portions as expected for 3 michelins but, plenty and yummy in a simple kind of way. I think that's chef Beck's secret. He really knows how to blend and match his flavors.When in Rome do this if you can afford it! Oh and the view of Roma is Fabulous!

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

This was my first experience of a three star restaurant and my goodness! It was great!
We were in the staying in the Cavalieri and so we were lucky enough to get a reservation on short notice.
We had the full tasting menu and from start to finish it was fantastic. I would say the only negative was that there was just too much food. There were some things, like the ice cream cones at the end, which were just unecessary and really could have been missed out. I hate leaving food, but I was unable to finish the everything in the little chest of drawers of biscuits and other yummy things, my boyfriend couldn't eat his cheese plate and by the time the ice cream cones came round we were both laughing at the volume of food.
The absolute highlight was the pasta course. I don't know if they also offer this on the a la carte menu but I could eat this pasta for every meal for the rest of my life; you need to try this, it will blow your mind!
There were also interesting presenations such as the dry ice around one of the earlier courses. Wonderful!
The service was fantastic, and the sommelier was really nice and actually suggested a 50 Euro botle of wine which ended up being exactly our taste. Either way, I was quite impressed at the suggestion as normally in a restaurant such as this you will be automatically recommended something far more expensive.

The view from the restaurant is beautiful, as is the restaurant itself.

This is probably the best meal I have ever had. Evrything was perfect (just sometimes excessive).

If you get the chance, eat here!

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