Percorsi stellati/Starred Journeys: La Pergola (Roma)

In my 3-Michelin Stars journey I couldn’t miss a real institution of the “Eternal City” gastronomy : La Pergola of the Chef Heinz Beck.

Located at the roof top of the charming Waldorf Astoria Cavalieri Hotel at the top of Monte Mario hill you can appreciate a great view whilst you venture in an outstanding food experience.

The atmosphere is charming, the interiors probably a little bit “eighty”, but nevertheless elegant…in the end we were here for the food first…

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We opted for a 7-courses tasting menu with wine pairing. Service was impeccable and we had the chance also to visit the kitchen and meet the Chef, very kind and nice person indeed.

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This was our courses selection:

  • Amberjack marinated in white balsamic vinegar with pomegranate snow

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  • Smoked scallop tartare and red beet shell

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  • Seafood on almond tofu

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  • Fagottelli “La Pergola”…probably “the” signature dish of Chef Heinz Beck

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  • Cod with celery sauce and curry crust

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  • Fillet of venison on chestnut cream with vegetables, tubers and seasonal fruit

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  • Iced sphere of red fruit on tea cream with crystallized raspberries

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In addition with a very appreciated surprise Chef Heinz Back, thanks to my brother-in-law  Luca, gave us the chance to try one of his most popular creations: Fiore di zucca in pastella su fondo di crostacei e zafferano con caviale (Batter fried zucchini flowers with shellfish soup, saffron and caviar)…amazing.

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The dinner was also enriched with several Chef’s surprises and some curious proposals like the possibility di choose among 5-6 different types of salt. Last but not least, this was my wife’s gift for my birthday …and the final cake was …the ice on the cake.

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