Il Gabriello

by Danilo Brunetti

Home Away From Home

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of fresh ingredients, authentic flavors, and innovative recipes, Federico Schiaffino has the place for you.

Ok, we’ll admit it: Il Gabriello is one of our absolute favorite restaurants, a place we always return to willingly. The reception of owner Claudio Conti is that of a warm, welcoming innkeeper, always attentive to the needs of his guests, each of whom he treats as if he or she were the only diner in the entire restaurant. The menu boasts traditional Roman cuisine, carried out to perfection in the chef’s own unique and innovative style. The most requested pasta dish has got to be cacio e pepe with lime-infused scampi, an ingenious take on one of the absolute classics of the Roman culinary  canon. The rest of the first courses are a celebration of fresh Mediterranean cuisine—each recipe features seasonal vegetables from the owner’s own family garden, and the seafood arrives directly from nearby fishing villages. Highlights of the tempting menu include seafood crudités that melt in your mouth (many of the diners come for these alone); octopus with potatoes; chickpea soup with clams; paccheri pasta with calamari and artichokes; spaghetti with clams, red prawns, and baby squid; tuna tagliata with poppy seeds; seared shrimp with thyme; and Catalan-style prawns. Diners with a sweet tooth should indulge in  the apple cake with cinnamon and pine nuts, the dark chocolate mousse, or the caramel panna cotta. The restaurant’s dining rooms are intimate and romantic, designed in Romanesque style with exposed brick arches and precious details like crystal chandeliers. A stunning contrast is provided by the valuable contemporary paintings that hang on the walls, works by neo-expressionist artist B.Zarro, featuring original reinterpretations on the theme of Marilyn Monroe. The wine list is vast and the prices are inviting. Reservations recommended.

Via Vittoria, 51. Tel 0669940810