What better way to start the new year then trying a new restaurant in Rome?  Amongest the latest ones opened in the Eternal city a couple of months ago, here is the most talked about in town. Creative cusine and good prices.

The acclaimed revelation of the 2013, “Marzapane” is one of the most popular experimental eateries in Rome. It’s a tiny trendy new Paris-inspired bistro run by the young Chef Alba Esteve Ruiz (23 years old), a native from Alicante (Spain) and former Chief of Appetizers at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, (one of the best restaurants in the world)

Marzapane entries

Marzapane entries

“Marzapane”, opened 7 days a week, is a breath of fresh air in a city with deep rooted Roman traditional cuisine. Among the culinary tasteful emotions you can see being made by the chef and her staff in their open kitchen, don’t miss oysters topped with sugared ginger and vodka and piglet in strawberry sauce, spaghetti with raisins, sword fish, lardo and spiced bread; the citron scented linguine with chamomile dusting and clams; and -of course- Carbonara.

Fancy something stronger? Try the prized suckling pork cooked at low temp with beet cream, grilled radicchio, shallot braised in vin brulé and fresh raspberries you can also get gourmet salads and sandwiches at lunch, tea with pistachio and ricotta mousse in the afternoon, salami and ham aperitifs in the evening.

Marzapane Restaurant

Marzapane Restaurant

Two very interesting tasting menus (respecting local produces and seasons): 5 or 7 dishes are available starting from 35 euros per person (without wine).

For those with a sweet tooth here is the dessert selection designed by star patissier Marco De Bellis: mini marzipan cassata; the Setteveli chocolate dream, Mont Blanc cake.

Beware, getting a reservation it’s difficult. If you called to make a booking today, a table for two would only be available in two or three weeks time. (It only has 20 seats). Good value for money.

Words by Michela Di Carlo 

Marzapane – Dolce e Cucina
Via Velletri 39 – 00198 Roma
Phone +39 06 6478 1692

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