So… I celebrated my birthday in Italy! Sounds fantastic, right? OH YEAH, IT WAS!!! Before I start rambling about my 2 weeks of memorable celebration, I want to commend my favorite restaurant in Rome that made my birthday truly remarkable – AROMA BISTRO.
I LOVE FOOD!
All I wanted for my birthday was to experience a Michelin starred restaurant in Rome. A good friend of mine who just got back from Rome highly recommended Aroma Restaurant and Aroma Bistro, both part of the Manfredi Fine Hotel Collection’s Palazzo Manfredi.
She insisted that my vacation in Italy wouldn’t be complete if I don’t visit either of those restaurants. She was raving about the service, the food and the magnificent view of the Colosseum. What?!!! Dining with a view of the Colosseum???!!! Flipping FANTASTIC! I contacted the restaurant to make the reservation right away, and made them aware that I was celebrating a special day.
Rome Italy – Hungry and exhausted from the unforgettable half-day tour of the magnificent Vatican Museums, my anticipation for my birthday lunch heightened.
As I entered the warm and beautiful reception of Palazzo Manfredi Hotel, I was greeted by a lovely host who assisted me with my reservation and to the elevator. Aroma Bistro is located at the top of the hotel, adjacent to the Aroma Restaurant. It’s a more relaxed and casual atmosphere that offers modern and flavorful interpretation of classic Italian food, orchestrated by Chef Giuseppe di Iorio, the brilliant masterchef of Aroma Restaurant.
FOOD and WINE
I’m glad I was wearing a maxi dress that time because I ate like there was no tomorrow. Well, in my defense, I went straight from a 6-hour walking tour of the Vatican, I had a good excuse to devour everything.
“Every meal was meticulously prepared, downright appetizing and cooked impeccably. From that moment I sank my teeth in, I knew this wouldn’t be just an extraordinary meal, but an emotional experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
The wine menu is well-thought, versatile and extensive. It’s like a tribute to the great wine-growing regions of Italy and the rest of the world.
The views are unbeatable and complemented with simple neutral controls. The refined and yet relaxed space overlooking the Domus Aurea and the Oppian Hill creates the perfect setting to spend an unforgettable moment while enjoying the most delicious food under the Roman sky. I’m telling you, the bread basket alone is worth traveling for.
I had a late lunch reservation, but Damian and his team were so friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. They spent time going over the wine selection and the new menu. They happily fulfilled all my requests including this lovely picture taken in front of the Colosseum. I really admire their emphasis on top-notched service and commitment to genuine hospitality.
Kudos to this amazing team!
“Aroma Bistro is simply the perfect place to refresh and unwind from a fulfilling day. The harmonious celebration of fine cuisine, beautiful views and excellent service reflect pride in what they do. Thank you very much for this wonderful experience. It’s a journey I can’t wait to recreate. “
Via Labicana, 125 – 00184 Roma
Tel. +39 06 97615109
Fax +39 06 7005638