Top of the Garbatella restaurants list, Bauhaus is a neighbourhood restaurant with a difference.
The perfectly-appointed interiors – and handsome open kitchen – are a feast for the eye. But what comes after, from its mirror lined cocktail bar, and talented chef, is pure alchemy.
Think of Bauhaus as the epitome of good taste, and you start to get the general idea. Its interiors are inspired by Garbatella’s art-deco buildings, while remaining relaxing and cosy. Situated in one of Garbatella’s most authentic piazzas, there are also outdoor tables, but I bet you’ll choose to dine inside!
Open from the morning, when the kitchens sell fresh bread to locals, Bauhaus feels like a neighbourhood project while remaining a cut above the rest. While you can drop in for an aperitivo, it’s worth coming for dinner to appreciate its varied menu.
Bauhaus: the menu
The evening menu at Bauhaus ranges from tasty pan-fried pizzas to creative, gourmet cuisine. Before you skip the ‘pizze e fritti’, think again. In typical Bauhaus style, these are little works of art in their own right. The Margherita, for example, is styled with San Marzano tomato salsa, bufala mozzarella from Mandragone, yellow date tomatoes and fresh basil. While the pan-fried pizzas (from €9) are succulent and juicy, there are also thin and crispy Roman style pizzas (from €12) for the purists. Meanwhile, filled pizzas – with a thin layer of crispy dough on top are the ultimate crowd pleaser (from €12) – look out too for sashimi and other small plates for those days when you don’t need a full dinner.
The fritti are equally majestic from this most stylish of Garbatella restaurants. The breaded tripe ball is rich in flavour, baked in tomato sauce with pecorino and mint, and served with a delicate cheese sauce (€3). There’s a handsome list of nibbles which are perfect for an aperitivo or a starter to a dinner.
Garbatella restaurants: Bauhaus review
On my visit to Bauhaus, I plumped for a gourmet journey, and wasn’t disappointed. After trying the breaded tripe ball, I sampled a savoury mousse combining jerusalem artichoke, raw prawns and fresh fruits of the forest.
I moved onto the pasta course – trying plin-style ravioli pasta with a rich oxtail sauce (€16). This was memorable although the portion size was quite small, so it wouldn’t work as a single plate at dinner.
My main course was a handsome chunk of amberjack, served in a dashi broth with a tapioca crisp (€24). This satisfying dish combined delicate flavours with a range of textures. Absolutely exquisite!
After a perfectly formed lemon meringue tart on matcha, I moved over for a cocktail at the bar – and wasn’t disappointed. Bauhaus boasts a fully-stocked cocktail bar which is great for a pitstop in its own right (from €8). Restaurant manager Patrizio is also an experienced mixologist, so don’t be surprised to see him multitasking!
Overall, Bauhaus is a gorgeous, sensory experience making it one of the best restaurants in Garbatella. It has that certain class without ever feeling stuffy – and suits occasion dining as well as a mid-week treat.
Bauhaus | Piazza Eugenio Biffi, 3 | Rome | Tel 06 8538 8481