Il Pagliaccio

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Though prices have climbed recently - prompted, perhaps, by Pagliaccio's first Michelin star, in the 2007 edition of the guide - Anthony Genovese's centro storico restaurant still offers one of the best-value gourmet dinners in Rome. A light makeover in 2006 upped the warmth and intimacy factors and did away with those uncomfortable chairs, allowing diners to focus more clearly on the sheer bravura of Genovese's cuisine. The chef's successful incorporation of oriental influences (unlike some other Italian chefs who have jumped on the fusion bandwagon, Genovese actually studied in Japan) is clearly illustrated in an antipasto of grilled scallops with teriyaki-marinated beef and caramel zabaione. But his sure touch is equally evident in less pyrotechnic dishes like the gnocchi with lamb and two varieties of wild mushoom, or secondi such as the John Dory with glacé vegetables, baby octopus tossed in the pan and scorzonera (black salsify). The small but interesting wine list is efficiently managed by a Japanese sommelier, and service is affable - though sometimes slow. Leave plenty of space for the excellent desserts, which are prepared by talented Alsatian pastry chef Marion Lichtle. Although there are six-course taster menus at €55 and €80, we recommend ordering à la carte.

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Il Pagliaccio details

Via dei Banchi Vecchi 129

Area Rome

Transport Bus 23, 46, 62, 64, 116, 280 .

Telephone 06 6880 9595

Il Pagliaccio website

Meals served 8-10pm Mon, Tue; 1-2pm, 8-10pm Wed-Sat. Closed 1wk Jan & 2wks Aug.

Average €70.

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Comments & ratings 5/5 (Average of 2 ratings)

By Emma - Mar 28 2011

My partner took me here for my 30th Birthday and surprised me by proposing!! It was a lovely experience, the staff were very nice and thought it was funny how they tried to race you back to your table to get the chair for you upon returning from the bathroom. When we first arrived we were greeted and given the menu's and it was at this time that i lent over to Matthew and said that there were no prices listed to which he replied, there is in mine! We decided to order the tasting menu and they were able to alter it so that i was able to try the dishes also. Each dish was described as it arrived at our table and we just could not fault the service at all. The restaurant is quite pricey but perfect for a special and intimate occasion and would recommend to all.