My last night in Italy (Roma): dinner at Enoteca Palatium

Enoteca Palatium (Roma)

When locals want a taste of Lazio beyond Rome’s borders, they flock to the Spanish Steps’ Palatium. The restaurant is a chic change from Rome’s traditional, checkered-tablecloth trattorias. It’s also slightly pricier (pastas are around €10, mains €15), but justifiably so: run by the Lazio Regional Authority, Palatium showcases more than 1,000 Lazio products in delicious, traditional dishes with a twist, such as ricotta-and-mint ravioli. Book in advance. The Guardian

If you are ever going to have a bad meal in Rome, it will be at the Spanish Steps. Tourists outnumber locals 20 to 1 and every restaurant knows that no matter how bad the food is, they will do a roaring trade with the number of tourists in the area.

Hence, on my way back from Radici I had one night in Rome before flying out. As per normal, I like to stay near the Spanish Steps as it is a great place to stay and see all the historical sites which makes Rome such a magical place. However, sleeping and eating well is not something that is normally possible in the Spanish Steps.

Well thank goodness for twitter and the help of @vinoroma in finding Enoteca Palatium for me: it is the best place I have eaten in Roma hands down. Amazing meal in every sense.

Palatium. Via Frattina 94, a 5-minute walk from the Spanish Steps. I’ve sung the praises of Palatium elsewhere before, and with good reason. A foodie favorite, Palatium is run by the Lazio Regional Food Authority — which, while it might not sound sexy, means that all of the ingredients are home-grown in Rome’s Lazio region. The menu, which changes frequently, features Rome favorites with a twist, like ricotta-and-mint ravioli. The prices are great for the quality, with pastas around €10 and mains €15. Just keep in mind that this isn’t your traditional, checkered-tablecloth trattoria (photo above). +39 06 69202132, reservations recommended. Open for lunch and dinner every day but Sunday. Revealedrome

All products and dishes are based on the local Lazio cuisine and of course all the wines are from Lazio. Every dish I ate was spot on and the wine matches worked brilliantly. I left all the selections up to the waiters and they treated me like a local: the perfect way to eat when you are in Italy.

“I drop into Palatium, the enoteca run by the local Agricultural Marketing Board. Here, one can catch up on the local food and wine scene (seasonal regional food, lots of small bites, some of Lazio’s best wines). Recently opened, it’s in Via Frattina among all the designer shops, so just perfect to unwind after shopping, and a little softer on the credit card.” Michael Trembath, Italian wine importer, Trembath & Taylor

Unlike most of the restaurants in the Spanish Steps, Palatium was choc full of locals, which is always a good sign and once some of them found out that I import Italian wine into Australia, well as per every Italian I have met, they all had THE best suggestion on what I should look at.

If you are in Rome and staying near the Spanish Steps, then this restaurant is a must to eat at. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

And the great thing about Rome, the after dinner walk is always is pretty memorable. If I had to pick my most admired building in the world (old or young) it would be the Pantheon. No matter what time of the day I visit it, it always bowls me over. As they say, ‘they don’t build them like this anymore’.

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