Dining with the Stars

by Danilo Brunetti

Michelin-starred restaurant Idylio by Apreda stuns with eclectic and innovative Italian cuisine.

Within the Pantheon Iconic Rome, a 5-star hotel of undeniable glamour and prestige, an unforgettable gourmet experience awaits. Idylio by Apreda—helmed by renowned chef Francesco Apreda—shines along with its Michelin star. Apreda’s cuisine is deeply personal, capable of marrying Mediterranean flavors with faraway ingredients and techniques, those of Asia in particular. The menu provides an admirable portrait of Apreda at his best, rich in whimsical, contemporary dishes that push the envelope. In addition to the à la carte options, the restaurant proposes a trio of tasting menus: Sense of Sapidity, Iconic Signature by Apreda, and Idylio’s Butterfly. The first pays homage to the perfect balance between spices and flavor; the second is a collection of Apreda’s most beloved dishes; and the third is a showcase of five dishes chosen from the other two menus.

The chef’s culinary masterpieces include breaded sea scallops and black truffle; lampuga fish carpaccio with porcini mushrooms and lemon verbena; tagliatelle with red onions, foie gras, and hazelnuts; angel hair pasta with garlic, oil, chili, and smoked eel; cod with seaweed, snails, and black truffle; and two varieties of roast chicken. The meal concludes with one of the spectacular desserts like the spiced pumpkin caprese cake with coffee ice cream or the sweet buffalo mozzarella, and the wine list offers a broad range of Italian and international labels.

The elegant dining rooms are supervised with impeccable class by the maître d’ and staff, who welcome guests with both professionalism and warmth. During the more temperate months, guests are invited to dine on the restaurant’s top floor, which boasts the Divinity Terrace, a heavenly rooftop with a breathtaking view of the city. Open Tue–Sun for dinner only.

Via di Santa Chiara, 4a. Tel 0687807080. thepantheonhotel.com