The world is alight with culinary hotspots just waiting to be indulged in and there’s no better time to get out there and discover them. First stop? Rome’s three-starred restaurant, La Pergola
Boasting more than 13,000 restaurants — with 23 the proud owners of at least one Michelin star — and an outstanding culinary history, it’s no surprise that Rome is considered Italy’s best foodie city. Certainly not limited to just pizza, the Eternal City is home to everything from hole-in-the-wall eateries reinventing classic pasta dishes and sprawling food halls that let you grab and go, to fancy fine-dining outlets for which you’ll need your chicest gladrags. If you’re opting for the latter, La Pergola is where you need to be.
Rome’s first and only three Michelin-starred restaurant, La Pergola’s interiors of frescoed ceilings, warm cherry wood accents, fine furniture, and 18th and 19th century artworks create the most elegant of settings for Chef Heinz Beck’s gourmet cuisine, with dishes ranging from starters of amberjack tartare and veal sweetbread to mains of aubergine tortellini with redprawns, John Dory with zucchini leaves and pigeon with corn cream and black elderberries. Sit down to the 10-course tasting menu if you’re feeling flush.
The Hotel: Rome Cavalieri
With its pristine city views, incredible culinary scene and a palatial spa, Rome Cavalieri — a Waldorf Astoria hotel — is sure to satisfy even the most demanding traveller. Set high on Monte Mario and overlooking the city centre, the hotel has a huge 15 acres of ground, coming complete with four pools, tennis courts, wooded parkland, manicured gardens and alfresco dining. Opulence is the name of the game here, and guests can expect plenty of fine art and antiques, including an impressive collection of over 1,000 antique tapestries, paintings, sculptures and furnishings. You’ll find us at the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club — 2,500 serene square metres of swimming pool, private cabanas and tailored spa treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and renewed, all at the same time. Book now
- Words by Naomi Chadderton