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Romance in Rome: Dinner at Aroma

I love a skyline: London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong are all beautiful views with towering skyscrapers, iconic monuments and beautiful bridges. But nothing is quite so unique as the view of Rome from a balcony. I’d been to Rome before so I knew what to expect but Mr S was blown away by how well preserved the city was and all the ancient monuments that could still be admired and explored.

For me, dining isn’t all about the food, it’s about the overall experience. And part of that is feeling a sense of place.

I booked dinner at Aroma in the Palazzo Manfredi Hotel one night as I knew I’d love admiring the incredible architecture of the Colloseum as we ate Michelin starred Italian cuisine.


Though the historical amphitheatre was undergoing restoration and covered in scaffolding I still loved being able to gaze at it whilst munching on my pasta!

First, an amuse bouche served in little china spoons!

I have to say despite the breath-taking view, I wasn’t blown away by my starter of black cod, lime coulis and smoked leek which was a little bland and chewy.

Mr Silver however, loved his veal in bread crumbs that combined perfectly tender meat with a beautifully crisp crust. It was served with a delicious accompaniments of artichokes and horse radish sauce. It was also a substantial portion, which meant Mr S even let me try a little bit 😉

We were sat in the gorgeous terrace which boosted very simple decor as the view really was everything but during the colder months Aroma does have a stylish indoor area.


My favourite course, as it often is, was the beautifully prepared al dente ravioli stuffed with anchovies, burrata and accompanied by a wild chicory pesto. We shared this course so we only had one and half ravioli parcels each…such an error as it was just perfect.

Chef Giuseppe Di lorio’s food at Aroma is traditional with a modern twist and the food is simple yet beautifully prepared like Mr S’s main course of pork loin with apple puree and wild fennel.

My main course was a favourite of mine, sea bass fillets in a tomato ‘Guazzetto’ served with saffron clams and mussels. The dish was perfectly seasoned and prepared with herbs grown on the restaurant’s own terrace.

A gorgeously presented sorbet was our palate cleanser.


I chose a strawberry based dessert so I could at least pretend to be a bit healthy and it was a stunning choice. Strawberries locally sourced from Terracina in four different textures; sorbet spheres, basil and almond wafer. Isn’t it just a work of art?

And as I’d chosen the healthiest option, I commanded Mr S to chose the most naughty sounding treat. Guana 70% chocolate brownie with wild berries cream, false lavender, marshmallow, radish sorbet on chocolate crumble. When you see the words ‘chocolate brownie’ you just know it’s going to be good! Radish sorbet does sounds little odd but the entire concoction was perfect!

I totally loved the overall experience at Aroma, and the incredible view was matched by perfectly prepared food. It’s really a perfect romantic place to go when in Rome and I really recommend it.

Aroma, Palazzo Manfredi
Via Labicana
125 00184 Roma

+ 39 06 97615109
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