Make a stop in the Parioli neighborhood for a gourmet take on classic Italian cuisine.
With a trendy location (on exclusive Viale Parioli) and a look that tries just a little too hard, Molto (a restaurant whose name translates to mean “very”) does not deceive: it’s a place for true gourmets. Among the well-curated list of delicacies, foodies lucky enough to snag a table here can enjoy free-range roast chicken that is pure poetry. Other unmissable delights from the spit include the Cinta Senese suckling pig and the exquisite quail. The Mediterranean menu is crafted by Chef Paolo Castrignano, who is known for his modern reinterpretations of recipes of the regional tradition, all made with fresh, seasonal ingredients grown on the estate of the owner’s family. From his imagination come countless dishes worthy of note: when it comes to appetizers, the seared scallops served with raw artichokes and bottarga; and the Fassona beef tartare with mustard deserve special attention. Among the first courses, tagliolini with lobster, zucchini, and datterini tomatoes; and stracci pasta with asparagus, organic eggs, and black tru es are the standout dishes. For a second course, opt for Milanese-style monk sh ossobuco with saffron rice cream; or lamb loin cooked in ash with puffed paccheri carbonara.
Molto also offers a rich selection of cured meats and cheeses. Highlights include parmigiano reggiano aged 30 months, bufalo mozzarella from Paestum served with hand-dried tomatoes, Culatello di Zibello Gran Riserva, and Tuscan prosciutto aged 24 months. The list of exquisite homemade desserts features Parisi egg zabaglione with pralined almonds and a tart of au gratin pears with amaretto ice cream, chocolate sauce, and espresso. Well-stocked wine cellar and diligent and polite service. In warm weather, guests can indulge in a relaxing dining experience in the pleasant and stylish garden.