Founded by three friends with a passion for wine and fine food (the team leader is Patrizia Mattei), Antico Arco attracts foodies from Rome and beyond with its refined culinary inventiveness. The location on top of the Janiculum hill provides a charming setting, and recent renovations updated the dining rooms into plush, modern spaces: whitewashed brick walls, dark floors, and black velvet chairs. The seasonal menu offers delights such as amberjack tartare with lime, ginger,
and a salad of chicory stems; classic pasta alla carbonara enriched with black truffle; and a duck with artichokes and foie gras. The molten chocolate cake is justly famous among chocoholics the city over.