Deciding where to sit at La Veranda isn't easy, since both the shady courtyard, torch-lit at night, and the frescoed dining room are among Rome's most spectacular settings. While La Veranda is known for classic Roman cuisine, some dishes are served with refreshing twists on the familiar. The seasonal menu may include an eggplant caponata with burrata (fresh cheese made from mozzarella and cream) and bottarga (salted fish roe) from Sardinia; Piedmontese
oxtail soup; or a risotto with Barolo wine, blue cheese, and quail carpaccio with mustard seeds. Call ahead, especially on Saturday, because the hotel often hosts weddings, which close the restaurant.