Arco Antico is a restaurant at the height of the culinary world. Only fitting then that it is located on the hill of Janiculum, the highest point of Rome.
The bravest go there on foot, climbing up steep stairs and passageways from Trastevere. The less adventurous take a taxi. Whatever your choice, the first appetizer offered is the breath taking view of the city. The real reward, however, waits for you inside.
The room is warmly minimalist and elegantly contemporary, with cream-coloured brick walls enveloped by subtle lighting that gives the place a comforting, cocoon-like atmosphere. Then there's the food which is astounding. Chef Patrizia Mattei creates Italian cuisine awakened here and there with a few modern touches. Pigeon stuffed with figs in a pistachio crust, mozzarella mousse with bursts of caramelized tomatoes… the combinations walk a tightrope between tradition and fantasy, right through to the alternating hot and cold dessert.
Piazzale Aurelio 7
+39 06 5815274
Menu: around 55 EUR