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I had a surreal lunch experience today at the Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi. The restaurant is situated right opposite the Colosseum and is the perfect spot for anyone looking to have a meal with a view!

Chef Giuseppe di Ioro and his team do an exceptional work of keeping the place at Michelin star standards.


My super amazing lunch started with wine from the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and fresh parmesan bread. The view of the Colosseum was so fantastic that I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I had the best seat right in the middle with the light on the Colosseum and shade to my side. My host, Alessandro, made sure he wasn’t overbearing to me but at the same time around for any call. I enjoyed my white wine slowly and ordered ricciola in melone sauce with some fresh herbs for the first course.

I don’t call myself a food expert but only an enthusiast but there was something so good about that dish blended in white wine that it was exquisite and light! For the second course I ordered a buttery ravioli with olive oil and thyme in potato filling. This was personally recommended to me by Alessandro himself and it was simple seasonal food at it’s best! I enjoyed every bite with that view!

The chef kept sending me greetings from time to time such as a dessert of chocolate and raspberry and a light plate of starters!

Ravoili with potato and thyme

Rapa rossa

Un caffe??

After being full with the ravioli and extra glasses of wine, I ordered a beetroot cake that looked right out of a MasterChef Australia episode. It was such a great end to the fabulous meal. I would recommend Aroma Restaurant to anyone looking for a bit of quiet amongst all that noise and rush in Rome. I spent around 3 hours there alone simply because the food was fresh, the service relaxed and the views to die for!

Thank you to everyone especially Marianna at the Aroma for making my day so special! Grazie mille tanto!!


Via Labicana 125, Rome.