Rome, the eternal city, has an abundance of exceptional culinary offerings. Only 30 miles from the ocean it is no surprise that there is an incredible amount of sea food on the menus of the city’s finest restaurants, and Elite Traveler has found a selection of the very best for you.
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The only three Michelin starred restaurant in Rome, La Pergola is a must visit for Elite Travelers in the city. Under the care of Heinz Beck it has become a mecca for travelers in search of incredible food, breathtaking views and impeccable service. Nestled within the majestic Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, it also offers a stellar wine list to enjoy.
Sample the tasting menu for $246 and enjoy seafood delights such John Dory, squid and red shrimp in citrus fruit steam, stuffed mullet on artichoke cream (pictured), and cod with marinated anchovy vinaigrette and sweet chilli pepper.
Under the influence of local Chef Giuseppe Di Lorio, Aroma combines traditional Italian cooking with a modern slant. As an advocate of sustainable fishing you won’t find any tuna on Chef Di Lorio’s menu but instead a wonderful array of alternative species such as fragolino and gallinella.
For those looking for a more adventurous gastronomical journey the delicacies of the centrofolo fish in an escarole, sea urchin and baby squid “Guazzetto” is well worth a try.
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Chef Vincenzo Ciano prides himself on elevating simple dishes with secret flavours gathered from his trips around the world. Picture succulent octopus, sautéed clams and fried anchovies, served in a friendly restaurant with a warm atmosphere that will help you relax after a day of sightseeing or shopping.
Remove the stress of ordering a la carte and take the Chef’s advice by enjoying the Gran Misto di antipasti.
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Sample the tasting menu, ‘Sea Rhythms’, at this Michelin starred restaurant led by the energetic Chef Giulio Terrinoni.
Boasting a menu bursting with flavour and originality dishes such as roasted cuttlefish, Jerusalem artichokes, pecorino foam, mint oil and the sweet dish of cashew nut sablè, kumquat jam, gingerbread cream, coffee ice-cream ensure this restaurant is on our list of picks.
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For an intimate dinner, Ristorante Consolini’s caves are the perfect choice, and legend has it that this was the site of the battle between Hercules and the fire breathing monster Cacus.
You can hire out the entire cave section of the restaurant for total romantic seclusion, while dining on traditional Italian fare of lobster, vongole and octopus carpaccio.