Via Francesco Carletti in the Ostiense district is the new home for cult music venue Elegance Cafe Jazz Club, after making the big move from its former residence in via Veneto in November.
In a sumptuous new cellar bar with impressive acoustics, expect live music now accompanied with original cocktails and gourmet food. The move has been a chance to seriously upgrade the soundproofing and acoustics, as well as introduce gourmet dining options. Previously, Elegance Cafe Jazz Club was located in a ground floor space with big glass windows and a menu limited by its smaller kitchens.
It’s now cosying down in an underground space in hip Ostiense, which has been soundproofed to within an inch of its life due to the residential location. The result is a really attractive underground den, perfect for listening to live music, sipping cocktails, and eating great food.
Head barman and mixology expert Anton Khella, pictured above, came over from Via Veneto, but has created a whole new cocktail menu with some remixed recipes to offer guests that little bit extra. Meanwhile professional sommelier Remo Proietto has the excellent wine list under control.
Dinner + concert, or dinner + cocktail?
Evenings at Elegance Cafe Jazz Club start with cocktails and dinner from 8pm, followed by concerts kicking off at around 9.30pm, showcasing trad and contemporary jazz, swing, smooth jazz and latin jazz. Daria Venuto plans and books the artists, with the calendar online and available to peruse here.
The week’s musical offerings are further shaped by new artists from the Roman jazz scene, jam sessions open to the public, jazz fused with soul and funk and well as big bands on Sunday nights.
If you want to simply drop in for the music, expect to pay around €15 – €18 for the gig, which includes a free drink. If you choose to dine at the club, the concert is included in the price of your dinner (making it excellent value). It’s essential to book your table, though.
Dining at Elegance Cafe Jazz Club
On to the food – there’s a whole new team in the kitchens, dishing up harmonious platters of succulent seasonal ingredients. Gabriele Cordaro is head chef, after graduating from the three Michelin starred mecca of Osteria Francescana, Massimo Bottura’s multi-award winning restaurant. Cordaro also brings experience from the Acquolina Hostaria, Cristina Bowerman’s Glass, as well as a short spell at Heinz Beck’s La Pergola.
Appetisers include this creamy goats’ cheese with crispy root vegetables and porcini mushrooms (pictured above, €12), or how about a beef tartare with carbonara foam (€13)? I tried a tartare of sea bream, dressed with pineapple, lemon verbena and marinated daikon radish (€15). Delicious.
Pasta dominates the selection of first courses, including this tagliolino pasta with octopus and pecorino cheese (€14). There is also cappellacci pasta with rabbit, parmesan foam and olives (€16). I had a tasty portion of gnocchi, with violet prawns, courgette, tomato and crispy bread crumbs (€15).
Onto the second courses, and imaginative fish and meat dishes steal the show. This sensational roast octopus on a bed of mash (€22) is as good as it looks, while the rack of lamb below (€24) is marinated in herbs and spices, giving it a real tang.
The dessert menu includes some interesting choices, such as this yogurt parfait, with red fruit sauce and melted chocolate (€8), or perhaps you fancy the tantalising named Cioccolato 4.0, with its dark brownie texture and pouring cream? (€8).
Offering a full calendar of live music nightly, as well as good cocktails and fine dining options through the week, you won’t want to miss this harmonious remix of an old classic!
Testaccina was a guest of Elegance Cafe Jazz Club