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Roberto is famous in Italy for his keen sense of style which makes him a favorite amongst celebrities and fashionistas. Its his ability to accentuate the haircuts according to a clients features, skin tone, eye color and personality that sets Atelier Roberto D'Antonio apart from all its contemporaries.
If the owners - a Swedish model and her Italian beau - do not add enough glitter to this bar, the influx of local and international celebrities makes up for it. Settle into funky, stuffed armchairs and enjoy the ambiance of the comfy dining area, designed to look like a posh living-room in a swanky modern home. Salotto 42 also doubles up as a coffee shop for a quick snack or a cup of the steaming brew. There is a smorgasbord of Scandinavian cuisine, with delicious Swedish finger food to choose from. Art and fashion magazines (carelessly strewn about) help to while away time rather than twiddling thumbs.
A friendly, efficient restaurant run by three enthusiasts of good and simple cooking. Meals are accompanied by soft background music and you can sit outside in the lovely square during the summer months. Pasta is the house specialty here; for example, Spaghetti with bacon and onion, gnocchi, ravioli, or fettuccine with vegetables. The meat dishes are also good, for example the Veal Roulades. Reservations can be made by calling ahead or sending an email.
A well-known, time-tested Roman trattoria, La Carbonara has been around since 1906. The atmosphere is unpretentious and the restaurant is located in a lovely part of town. Book if you want a late night meal. The menu has excellent fried starters including vegetables and gnocchi with potatoes, ricotta, carrots and spinach. There are seven types of home-made pasta and a wide variety of desserts.
Visit Santa Lucia for a memorable dining experience. Located behind the Piazza Navona, the restaurant provides comfortable outdoor seating and delicious Italian food, check out Lucia's wide range of pastas, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Preparations are constantly improvised with new ingredients and flavors. And if you are lucky, you might also get to rub shoulders with some local celebrities!
This restaurant has been in existence since 1938 and is constantly expanding its menu. The restaurant is very popular among locals and tourists alike who appreciate its rustic atmosphere and excellent cuisine. The menu is extensive and starters include Farfalle with Radishes or Maltagliata with Shirmp and Bottarga. Among the main courses, the Escalopes with Red Pepper are excellent or you could try the Shrimp and Squid Fritters. In summer there are plenty of cold dishes, carpaccios and rich salads. Though it is on the expensive side, the food makes it worthwhile.
This splendid hotel, situated at the top of the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna, boasts of one of the best views of the city. The dining facilities are elegant and inviting, especially the Salone Eva, a winter bar, the Palm Court a summer garden bar and Imago Restaurant from which breathtaking views can be enjoyed. The rooms are decorated in classic style, furnished in antique wood and marble. The rooms that face Piazza di Spagna are very beautiful, as are those with a view of the gardens of the Villa Medici.
This lovely restaurant is in a favorable location though the only drawback is the lack of parking, but after your meal you can stroll through some of the most beautiful streets in the world. The restaurant is set in an old palazzo and a beautiful floral garden means you can eat outdoors in the summer months. Inside there is air conditioning for the hottest days. The cuisine is typically Roman with the classical Bucatini all'Amatriciana or Abbachio Arrosto. You should also try the Spaghetti all'Otello, the recipe for which is a closely guarded secret.
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, of silent movie fame, were so impressed with Il Vero Alfredo that they presented it with a gift of gold cutlery, with which the establishment is still pleased to serve on special occasions. Internationally renowned, the restaurant prides itself on its authentic Roman dishes prepared using traditional recipes. Clientèle is a mixture of regulars and tourists keen to try out its great fettuccine al triplo burro for themselves.
Hotel Eden is housed in a late 19th-century palazzo. It is a stylish, elegant hotel whose beauty lies in its tasteful decor. The entrance is sumptuous, featuring fine decor details such as luxurious drapes, carpets, paintings and porcelain, making the surroundings even more refined and chic. The rooms are decorated with period furniture and offer magnificent views of the city. There is a beautiful roof garden next to La Terrazza restaurant.
Located in Trastevere which is considered one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Rome, Big Mama is much appreciated. This is a favorite with lovers of blues, jazz and funk. International stars such as Jeff Healey, Archie Shepp, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern and Joe Zawinul have performed here. The room resembles a cave and small corridors lead you into various rooms until you reach the small stage on which the artists perform. To know more about events, schedules, and reservations, call ahead.