Rome’s Most Expensive Christmas Dinner

Rome is a popular destination for Christmas travel. As we’ll be detailing in the November 2008 issue of Dream of Italy, while many restaurants in Rome close for the Christmas holiday, many more, especially some of the top tier eateries and those in hotels, stay open to serve travelers and Roman natives alike. One of these is La Pergola in Rome’s Cavalieri Hilton Hotel.

La Pergola is one of the best restaurants in Italy boasting three Michelin stars. It is the only restaurant in Rome to have so many stars. La Pergola, featuring a stunning view of Rome’s cityscape is a destination unto itself. Executive Chef Heinz Beck has received numerous awards for his work here. If you’re in Rome for the holidays and have some cash to spare, you can do no better than a Christmas meal at La Pergola. There are still some reservations available. Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner are served between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. and accompanied by live music. Here are the pre-fixe menus and gulp, prices:

La Perogla Christmas Eve Dinner Menu

Crispy bread cannoli with amberjack and a brunoise of melon and celery
Grilled oysters with pumpkin purée and parsley puff
Vegetable ravioli with cuttlefish
Five flavours risotto with scampi and flowers
Scallop and cherry tomato composition on coffee-flavoured chickpea purée
Fillet of red mullet with winter herbs
Sea bass cooked in garlic-flavoured olive oil on cannellini beans and salt cod snow
Grand dessert
Champagne Moët & Chandon and wine selection “La Pergola”

Price: 425 euros per person

La Perogla Christmas Day Dinner Menu

Crusted terrine of duck foie gras with date sauce and persimmon
Smoked consommé
Capon tortellini with pumpkin purée and Parmesan sauce
Fillet of red mullet with winter roots
Turbot ravioli with red prawns on lentils and basil
Shoulder of Iberian suckling pig with apple purée
Olive coated lamb with ratatouille and glazed sweetbreads
Christmas dessert
Champagne Moët & Chandon and wine selection “La Pergola”

Price: 395 euros per person

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