A few nights ago I leapt from
The Hotel Lord Byron
and into a waiting taxi.
The taxi took me down the hill in Parioli,
across the Tiber into Prati,
and up into the hills that surround Rome.
Destination - The Rome Cavelieri
Dinner at the 3 Michelin star
The sun was close to setting when I arrived
and the entry level with softly lit pines
soothing and inviting.
I went up to the 9th floor and was seated at my beautiful table.
Then came a gorgeous
olive oil from
Delicately fruity and a bit peppery,
it was delicious.
I will have to find out who made this nectar of the Gods
and pass it on to you!
Having perused the menus a bit,
I decided on a 6 course meal.
It was spectacular!
I started off with...
Duck foie gras with apple, almond and amaretti
that was rich, silken, and had a bit of a crunch - amazing!
Up next a modern take on a rather traditional
Roman dish - carbonara.
Fagottelli "La Pergola" -
Little pillows of pasta stuffed with and drizzled with
a carbonara sauce, received a grind or two of cracked pepper
as it arrived at the table.
Then came the subtle and lightly crisped
King Prawns in tempura on puree of fried squids -
Are you swooning yet?!
I can assure you I was!
Then there was a very sexy, savory dish!
Black Cod with marinated anchovies and chilli pepper sauce
was so incredible, and to think that it looked like an
abstract expressionist piece - Motherwell perhaps -
made it even more brilliant!
For my last entree an unctuous...
Veal cheek with curly endive, burrata
and popped rice with curry and saffron -
was the ultimate comfort food!
Then the table was cleared and there was a bit of a pause
before the 2nd part of my meal
The Grand Dessert
It began with a
little silver case filled with Petit Fours,
and a little dish of a
Mango Sorbet with Lemongrass Sauce.
The four sided case had three drawers per side with a couple different little cookies,
candies, gelees etc... per drawer.
24 of these delicious little bites!
All for me!
When I'd enjoyed a few of these delicious treats
I cleared my palate with this
I was in 7th heaven and began thinking of delicious coffees.
that was not to be...
After all they sure didn't call this the
The Warm Desserts
a Banana Raspberry Boat,
and a shot of a Coconut Cream.
what would Warm Desserts
be without the contrast of
These included a Tiramisu like mousse,
Champagne gelee with a little baby strawberry...
By this time my head was spinning, I was laughing,
wondering if someone had been playing a joke on me!
But no, this was all a part of the plan and their
It was time now for a smokey espresso.
As I pondered how perfect my evening had been,
the beautiful setting, the elegant service, every mouthful of my meal,
the absurdly extravagant dessert,
a server strolled by and slid these
in next to my cup.
I just had to laugh.
La Pergola was a joy & a delight
and worth every Michelin Star.
If you are like me,
you will not want to miss treating yourself to a sumptuous evening
at this wonderful restaurant
when in Rome.