Arts & Culture
Rome’s Best Rooftop Restaurants
Youâ€™re in a rooftop restaurant in Rome, so things can really only get better from here on in. Throw in a multi-hued sunset, an overly eager sommelier and your pick of the best ruins in Europe and things are getting pretty close to perfect. Rooftop restaurants are almost always situated in Rome hotels, which can sometimes make for a stuffier dining experience, but thereâ€™s something perfectly acceptable about white linens and fine china when youâ€™re scoffing scampi within armâ€™s reach of the Pantheonâ€™s dome. Check out our list of Romeâ€™s best restaurants with rooftops.
La Pergola, Cavalieri Hilton
The padrino of Romeâ€™s elevated, al fresco dining scene is helmed by Heinz Beck and oiled by a staff so elegant and synchronised youâ€™d swear theyâ€™re all recovering ballerinos. The dÃ©cor is verging on rococo as only Italians can do, but youâ€™re not going to care when viewing the smuggest of panoramas from atop Monte Mario.
La Terrazza dell’Eden, Hotel Eden
A piano bar, smoking area and Beluga on blinis â€“ you shouldnâ€™t expect anything less. Situated on the ritzy Via Ludovisi, this 120 year old relic has embroidered tablecloths and claims to regularly host â€œprestigious guests protected with discretion, gentle smiles concealing tough and upright charactersâ€. Amazing, really.
Bramante, Hotel Raphael
Med and Asian dishes with a French technique in the Piazza Navona with views of the Tiber, St Peterâ€™s and, oh, the list goes on. Mingle with journalists, artists and other media types while snacking on prawn cocktails soaked in cognac.
Ristorante Aroma, Palazzo Manfredi
With a startling view of the Coliseum and the Imperial Forum, who cares about Guiseppe Di Iorioâ€™s award winning menu? Just bring the Barolo and weâ€™ll watch the sun set over this view you simply couldnâ€™t dream up.
The Rooftop Garden, Grand Hotel De La Minerve
The closest rooftop restaurant to the Pantheonâ€™s dome (and surrounding inferior domes) offers fish, pasta and other Italian traditionals. The summer months make for a dreamier experience, but theyâ€™ve just announced year round opening hours, so warm yourself with numerous Amaros if youâ€™re there during winter.
Imago, The Hassler
Replete with its 1st Michelin star, this is Romeâ€™s hot dining property at its best. A blend of traditional and experimental Italian cuisine sates well heeled diners pretending not to notice the stunning view from atop the Spanish Steps.
Circus, Forty-Seven Hotel
Less showy, more local, still fabulous. This restaurant has views from the Aventino to the Campidoglio and products sourced from the Lazio countryside. The terrace has undergone a recent renovation by 4 â€œemergingâ€ artists. This may not be your dÃ©cor bag, but with a view like that, youâ€™re not likely to be fussed.
By Amy Compton, follow her on Google+.