Rome is a romantic and historical city, it has so much to offer, so much to see, and so much great food to be enjoyed. Here are some mid-range restaurants hot picks with no tourist menus in sight, so sit back and let's begin our delicious journey! 1. The VyTA group Firstly launched at Roma Termini Railway station in 2004, the brand has expanded its branches across the country, including Milan, Napoli, Venice, Bologna and Florence. This article is about the wonderful experience I had at two of their branches in Rome, VyTA Enoteca Regionale del Lazio & VyTA Villa Borghese.
VyTa brings its concept to the naturalistic English landscape garden, Villa Borghese, in the year of 2015.
The design is film-inspired and guests are expected to have an open view of the park itself. The environment is undoubtedly relaxing therefore we decided to sit outdoor. Imagine having all these colourful dishes in a garden like this! It was truly amazing to enjoy some well-seasoned food in a quiet spot which is far from the raucous noise of the city. And by the way, the tiramisu was extremely obsessive! It had the creamiest texture and rich layers, come taste it and fall in love with it!
On the other side, VyTA Enoteca Regionale del Lazio is a totally different experience. Locating in the heart of Rome, the restaurant's design draws inspiration from turn-of-the-century and Art Deco style with a mixture of the tradition and innovation. Here you can find the kind of romantic ambiance that is perfect for couples.
VyTA Enoteca Regionale del Lazioembarks on a new and exciting journey to the heart of Lazio’s wine and food culture, using only the highest-quality ingredients in celebration of the genuine, traditional flavours. The two tasting menus here are menu del Litorale and menu campagna, which is a seafood-themed and meat-themed respectively.
One of the best thing to dine in Italy is that you can try out the exclusive regional wine which is not exported to elsewhere. This bottle has an intense flavour and rather rich bottle, which is most suitable to be paired with meat dishes. The following are some personal flavourites out from the two menus:
Chef's welcome dish
Camamelized yellow onion with milk gelato and cesanese del pPiglio DOCG red wine reduction
Tagliolini with Rabbit ragout, cream of Maccarese carrots and wild Fennel
Baked beignet filled with white chocolate and DOP Gaeta olives
Roasted octopus with seasonal veggies
Stuffed squid with tentacles and Monte S. Biagio sausage
Chocolate sphere Semifreddo with Terracina strawberries, sour cream and roman Mint sauce
It's definitely a new experience for me to try out some of the ingredients which are rarely found in Hong Kong, such as rabbit meat. The quality of the dishes are very fine. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the stuffed squid was one of the best that I'd ever had. It is worth every penny if you appreciate such great venue and beautiful cuisines.
Situated near the terminal station, Amedeo Ristorante create a twisted version of classic Roman and Italian cuisine. I really like the design of the restaurant, especially the basement area. I'd say it's definitely a hidden gem in Rome, here you can find nice unique dishes, attentive service at a very honest price.
Millefoglie di melanzane can bufala e pomodoro confit al profumo di basilico
Flan di pecorino con riduzione di balsmaico e fiore di zucca dorato
Tagliolini allo scoglio con gamberi, scampi, cozze e vongole
Costolette d'agnello scottadito con patate rustiche e salsa della casa di senape e miele
I literally enjoyed everything here! For the antipasti, the crispy sliced eggplant tasted amazing with fresh buffala mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and it was such a beautiful dish! Another dish is a pecorino cheese flan with sweet balsamic vinegar and fried zucchini flower. For the main course, we went for pasta and lamb chops. The tagliolini has an al dente texture and the seafood was very fresh in flavour. The lamb chops were cooked to medium rare and it was juicy and tender. I really enjoyed the homemade honey & mustard sauce, it was so delicious. Ending the meal on a sweet note, we ordered our favourite tiramisu and creme brûlée which were so good!
Amedeo Ristorante Address: Via Principe Amedeo, 16, 00185 Roma
When in Italy, you cannot leave before you try Aperitivo. Italians loveeeee aperitivo, which is the prelude to their rich meals. It is meant to whet your appetite by “opening” your stomach for the feast that’s about to take place. Baja locates right next to a river so we decided to sit outdoor, enjoy a glass of cocktail and catch a fabulous view of the river and sunset. It was nice to see the adorable cute little ducklings swim along while we were waiting for the food to come. The service could be a little slow, but the tapas and cocktails were great. We had a superb happy hour!
Address: Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia, 00196 Roma RM, Italy