Fodor's Expert Review Il Pagliaccio

$$$$ Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori, and the Jewish Ghetto Modern Italian

Some of the most innovative interpretations of Roman fine dining can be found in this starkly chic restaurant on a backstreet between upscale Via Giulia and the popular Campo de' Fiori. Chef Anthony Genovese was born in France to Calabrese parents, and spent time cooking in Japan and Thailand, so it's no surprise that the food he turns out makes use of nontraditional spices, ingredients, and preparations—all of which have gained him a loyal following and multiple accolades. The prices are exorbitant, but the food is exemplary. Dishes include items like pasta bundles filled with onion, tapioca, and red currant in a saffron broth, or duck with black salsify, caramelized pear, and chocolate sauce. You can choose one of the elaborate tasting menus or order à la carte.

Modern Italian Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$ Prix-Fixe

Quick Facts

Via dei Banchi Vecchi 129a
Rome, Latium  00186, Italy


Known For:
  • Fine dining, including elaborate tasting menus
  • Elegant surroundings
  • Discreet location close to Piazza Navona
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Mon., and Aug. No lunch Tues. and Wed., Reservations essential

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