Fodor's Expert Review Il Pagliaccio

$$$$ Piazza Navona Italian Fodor's Choice

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.

Italian Modern Italian Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

129 Via dei Banchi Vecchi
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. and Mon., and Aug. No lunch Tues., Closed Sun., Mon., and Aug. No lunch Tues.

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