Earlier than usual here you can find our recommendations for restaurants to go for 2011 Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations. We have just completed some research whose results spur from a selection among the places we personally know and like to recommend to our friends. This is our “sharing” philosophy which we feel and hope may be helpful not only to our traditional readers, but also to the occasional ones who found us through our new Food Tours initiative in Rome, as well as to Chowhounders whose requests for information started to appear on the Italy board a few weeks ago.
As our intent is to maintain coherence with our philosophy, we are not including restaurants offering special menu price for more than 200€ per person. Still, should you be looking for highly priced (and yet rewarding) experience, you can easily find on the net detailed information about La Pergola, Il Pagliaccio, Oliver Glowig, Antonello Colonna, Agata e Romeo and other few top-range offers. Just one exception: Pipero al Rex, one of the top new openings in Rome gourmet scenario. Thank you for the kind menu preview provided to us.
Probably because of seasonality but we believe mostly for cultural reasons, Roman restaurants seem not to be keen to plan very much in advance. So, as of today, many of them declared they are still deciding about the menu. Even worse, in line with a somehow typical capriciousness of our beloved City, they were not even able to confirm whether they will be open! But no worries, we will keep this post updated with upcoming news, stay tuned…
Check the links for more information about restaurants providing details on menus, sometimes also in English.
For our Italian blog links you can find a translation button at the bottom of each post. Feel free to write a comment or ask us any further clarification you may need.
Ristorante All’Oro in Parioli district. Chef Riccardo Di Giacinto is by now a well established presence as witnessed by the confirmation of the Michelin star. Restaurant is open on Christmas Eve and for lunch the next day . It also opens on New Year’s Eve, featuring special tasting menus mixing creativity, tradition, fish, meat and winter season ingredients. Here you can find all the menus, also presented in English. A take away menu is also available the 24th 25th and 31st if you prefer to celebrate at your home. Prices: Christmas Eve 120€, Christmas lunch 160€, New Year’s Eve 180€ (drinks not included), take away menu 60€ (2 people minimum).
Antico Arco at Gianicolo. Over time this place continues to maintain its peculiar charm. The location, granting a sublime sight of Rome, and the cuisine led by the young chef Fundim Gjepali, a perfect mix between creativeness and Roman tradition, make the Antico Arco an ideal place where to celebrate special occasions. The only downside – which we feel needs to be remarked – is the price. Open on New Year’s Eve, you can have a look here for the English menu. Price: New Year’s Eve 200€ (champagne bottle for table and takeaway flute to celebrate the new year from the Gianicolo panoramic viewpoint included).
Caffè Propaganda at Celio / Colosseum will be closed for Christmas Eve/Day and NYE.
We could not omit this place in our list! It’s a gastro-bistro just recently opened and well under the radar of Roman foodies and enthusiasts (here Katie Parla point of view). Chef Arcangelo Dandini and maître pâtissier Stéphane Betmon know how to provide for a very good stay. Look and preparations will perfectly match the mood of those who would welcome the new year in a special way. At this stage it is still not known whether they are open though, and as a result which the evening menu would be . Stick around for updates…
Giuda Ballerino at Tuscolana. In the very appealing context of this pure urban district, very close to Cinecittà studios, with comics on the wall in a modern design interior, chef Andrea Fusco leads the kitchens, managing to maintain this year the recently granted first michelin star.
Still no news about open dates and menus. But we are on the look and will keep you posted… Restaurant and osteria will have a Christmas common tasting menu (in Italian). Prices: Christmas Eve 70€, Christmas lunch 70€.
Glass Hostaria in Trastevere. We can’t hide it from you! We just love Glass. thanks to the genius of chef Cristina Bowerman, the modern European ambiance, the hospitality of Fabio Spada, and the location in the heart of one of the liveliest districts of Rome. This year the restaurant is open on New Year’s Eve with an exceptional menu (in Italian). It is well worth mentioning a takeaway breakfast (included in the menu) and a price which has not changed since last year. Price: New Year’s Eve 170€ (aperitif and midnight champagne included).
L’Asino d’oro in Monti area. Spending time together with Lucio Sforza creative cuisine is always a reward thanks to his careful use of seasonal raw materials mixed with and creative inspiration. L’Asino d’oro is open on New Year’s Eve for dinner with a special tasting menu (in English) including tiramisù with Pandoro and nougat cream just to give you an idea!
and we look forward to discovering its special menu and price, usually The restaurant confirms to be one of the best tradeoff between quality and price in Rome. Price: New Year’s Eve 60€ (four wine glasses tastings included).
Metamorfosi in Parioli District. With Roy Caceres e John R. (sous chef) you may listen to “gourmet music” (Metamorfosi is not far from Renzo Piano Auditorium!). It is open both on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, offering extremely tempting menus (here xMas Eve menu and here NYE menu, both in English). We bet it will be an experience worth remembering! Thank you John caputmundicibus for the preview. Prices: Christmas Eve 120€, New Year’s Eve 190€ (welcome drink included).
information coming soon…
Oste della Bon’Ora in Grottaferrata about 20km (12,5 miles) from Rome. This place has its own style, very different from the above mentioned ones. No room for sophisticated environment, or creative notes but striking a strong home holidays note. Literally you’ll be with the whole family that leads the Osteria: patron Massimo, his wife chef Maria Luisa, and his siblings. Open on Christmas Day with a traditional celebration menu (pasta “ripiena” and tortellini!) and on New Year’s Eve sitting in a “social” table with a six courses menu (in Italian). A great way to experience authentic traditional Roman food along with a jump back in the 80′s with an impressive LPs collection played during the meal. Prices: Christmas 40-50€, New Year’s Eve 80€ (drinks included)
Pascucci al Porticciolo in Fiumicino, few kilometers from Rome, by the sea. Granted its first michelin star just few weeks ago. Open for New Year’s celebrations with a special menu (in Italian) based on fish also featuring white and black truffles. Always a great happiness/price ratio! Price: New Year’s Eve 120€ (aperitif included).
Pipero al Rex near Termini train station. Chef Alessandro Pipero has moved a couple of months ago from the location in Albano (a small village close to Rome, in Castelli Romani area) to the Hotel Rex restaurant. Here Katie Parla recent review and pics. A “little” new star in Roman scene, as people who knows well “Alex” and his young chef Luciano Monosilio will easily guess. Brilliant preparations for Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner: a mix of Romanity, refinement and tradition in the menu (only in Italian unfortunately). Prices: Christmas lunch 200€, New Year’s Eve 250€ (welcome champagne included).
Settembrini in Prati district. This year must have been a hard-working yet rewarding one for chef Luigi Nastri and his staff. On top of the restaurant they have managed the adjustment of the Settembrini Caffè and Set’ Bookstore, two places born at the end of 2010. Nonetheless they are always so crowded that it is easy to guess they reached to the heart of Rome people!
Still, no news available about menus for Christmas and New Year ‘s Eve, but we are expecting soon more details… The restaurant will be closed the 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st, but the café remains open until 8pm for the happy hour by Pino Mondello or a takeway dinner. If you understand Italian here you can download all details for Settembrini’s Christmas period offer and events.
Venticinque in Corso Francia (northern Rome). Have you heard the news? Just a few weeks ago chef Dino De Bellis left the Antica Osteria Incannucciata to face another adventure taking over the Ortica former Restaurant.
Rumors tell it should be open over the holiday period but yet no details about opening days and menu are available. Open for NYE with a menu (in Italian) mainly based on fish. Price: New Year’s Eve 95€ (welcome champagne included).
Additional options are mentioned below. Updates will come soon!
- Da Cesare in Monteverde (Casaletto): open for Christmas lunch featuring their ordinary menu (about 35-40€)
- Margutta RistorArte downtown (Piazza del Popolo): Christmas Eve at 60€ (children 35€) and New Year’s Eve at 120€ (children 40€) featuring vegetarian menus (aperitif included)
- OS Club at Celio / Colosseum: New Year’s party with dinner at 170€ with open wine bar and water and a bottle of champagne (lower prices for tables until midnight and after dinner entrance)
- Vino e Camino in via Giulia / Corso Vittorio: open on New Year’s Eve while it is closed for Christmas
- ViVi Bistrot inside Villa Pamphili: closed for Christmas while it is expected to be open on New Year’s Eve
A final recommendation: once you have selected your preferred place you had better proceed and make a reservation! Not so many quality food restaurants are open in Rome over the holidays and they may get fully booked soon. As an example we have not included in our list Flavio al Velavevodetto only because when we called them for information we learned they are already fully booked for Christmas day.
If you spend your holidays here we provide our best wishes for you to Eat, Explore, Enjoy Rome at its best!
Photo: ziofrankie 2010 – All Rights Reserved
Special thanks to Aldo for the English review!