La Pergola

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Heinz Beck is, without a doubt, the most talented chef in Rome right now. But it's not just his technical dexterity and unerring instinct for taste and texture combinations that impress. It's also the fact that, in over ten years, the German chef has not missed a single sitting at the rooftop restaurant of the Cavalieri Hilton hotel, which was finally awarded its third Michelin star in 2006. Once known as 'the chef who doesn't do pasta', Beck is letting Italy get to him: half of the primi are now pasta dishes - including, if you dine here in late spring, some melt-in-the-mouth tortellini di ricotta e pecorino con fave (pasta parcels filled with ricotta and pecorino cheese, served with shelled broad beans). On our last visit, we were also wowed by a heavenly dish of courgette flowers, fried in a light batter, served with assorted saffron-flavoured crustaceans. Alongside the main menu and the dessert menu, there is also a water list, a tea list, and a wine list in two volumes - one Italian, the other international. Markups on wine are very steep. But €300 for two with a good bottle of wine still compares favourably with restaurants at the top of the gourmet ladder in London or Paris - and they don't have an almost aerial view of Rome.

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La Pergola details

Via Cadlolo 101,

Area Rome

Transport Bus 907, 913, 991, 999 .

Telephone 06 3509 2154

La Pergola website

Meals served 7.30-11pm Tue-Sat. Closed 3wks Jan & 2wks Aug.

Average €140.

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Comments & ratings 4/5 (Average of 3 ratings)

By LadyPfefer - Feb 10 2016

This is an amazing restaurant and the only one I have ever been to that boasts an water menu that would rival mosts wine menu.

The food is stunning and the views are even better. An Absolute treat! My only issue is that the price is a bit on the steap side. But worth it for a special occasion.

By Nacho993 - Apr 30 2012

El peor 3 estrellas de los que he estado en mi vida, aunque el mas barato de ellos. El hotel es tremendo, una mezcla de arquitectura 70 con decoracion barroca. El menu fueron 190€ sin vinos. Muy estrictos con el dress code, casi no entro por llevar una americana diferente, y luego los clientes del hotel se deshacian de ella durante la cena.
De los 9 platos, minima expresion en casi todos ellos, 4 para olvidar u el otro eran quesos. El resto correcta ejecucion. Poca organizacion, mas de tres horas para comer.

By david T - Apr 14 2011

Simply stunning food, wine, service and setting. True Michelin Star dining, well deserved 3 star for Heinz Beck and his team. I needn't say any more.