Enoteca La Torre

by Danilo Brunetti

An exciting addition to Rome’s haute cuisine scene, Enoteca La Torre serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes reinterpreted in innovative new ways by the scintillating imagination of the young chef, Domenico Stile. Stile, who can already boast of a coveted Michelin star at the tender age of 29, experiments with bold new contrasts and combinations with the aim of delighting and surprising the palate. His colorful and sophisticated dishes, made with a deep understanding of the ingredients and a cutting-edge technical ability, are proudly presented at the exclusive art nouveau Villa Laetitia, a sumptuous residence owned by designer Anna Fendi featuring historic rooms and a magni cent garden. The menu offers authentic masterpieces of taste and even aesthetics.

Start with an exceptional appetizer such as the red prawns with cardamom, stracciatella, citrus and mint croquettes; or the Mediterranean sea bass with pumpkin, smoked provola cheese, and radicchio. Stand-out rst courses include spaghetti with a tomato and shell sh sauce, bergamot, potatoes, and ’nduja sausage; and Amalfi lemon risotto with sea truffles, asparagus, and buffalo milk yogurt. Among the second courses, both land and sea are represented: coriander-infused duck, blood oranges, and fennel chutney; and blue lobster with celeriac, hazelnuts, and beurre blanc are two of the highlights. The decadent desserts do not disappoint; try the lemon meringue tart with tamarind and wasabi, or the espresso mousse with Sambuco liqueur, tobacco, and licorice. The wine cellar offers over 1200 labels, all curated by top sommelier Rudy Travagli, and the service, under the direction of Luigi Picca who ran the restaurant when it was at its original site in Viterbo is exceptional. The location evokes pure romanticism: in the main hall, with its noble window overlooking the garden, guests feel catapulted as if by magic into the fascinating and evocative world of the Belle Epoque.

 Lungotevere delle Armi, 22. Tel 0645668304. enotecalatorreroma.com