Agata e Romeo
For a meal that combines the elegance of fine dining with the traditional sensibilities of Roman cuisine, look no further than Agata e Romeo. This storied restaurant has been in the family of the eponymous Agata Parisella for generations. Agata’s also been the force behind the kitchen’s delectable output. Her husband, the eponymous Romeo, meanwhile, is the man responsible for the commendable wine cellar. The combination is electric. Agata e Romeo manages to feel both refined and deeply loved.
This feeling extends into the accomplished Roman cuisine. No more so than in Chef Agata’s take on cacio e pepe. One of the most ordered, most memorable dishes at Agata e Romeo, it’s also one of the most simple on the menu, which speaks volumes. To elevate a simple dish of eggs and parmesan to gourmet level leaves diners in little doubt that Chef Agata knows her way around Roman cuisine. But try any of the primi piati, from the blueberry tortelli with porcini, ricotta and thyme to the gnocchi and burrata, and you’ll get a taste of that for yourself.
Elsewhere on the a la carte menu you’ll find mouthwatering dishes like the much-lauded salt cod medley and a juicy rack of lamb festooned with aromatic herbs and pistachios. Stuffed squash blossoms, fresh fried anchovies, and pumpkin flan with a black truffle and parmesan sauce make an appearance as well.
High-ceilinged and elegant, Agata e Romeo is decorated in cream and warm browns and shot through with sweeping archways, wooden accents, and artwork. As popular for romantic meals as family gatherings, this restaurant is a perennial favourite meaning that for a chance to dine here, reservations are essential.