You now have yet another reason to visit Eataly in Rome’s Ostiense district: a fabulous pop-up gourmet restaurant on the third floor from chef Paolo Trippini.
Eataly’s breathtaking top-floor space has hosted some great gourmet offerings over the years, and this is another equally exciting venture.
Paolo Trippini, chef of Ristorante di Civitella del Lago, has brought a dining experience dubbed Bosco Umbro – literally, Umbrian wood – to Eataly, combining the wholesomeness of rustic, essential ingredients with gourmet flair.
The chef has recently held court at Eataly Florence, Eataly Bologna, Turin, Milan and Copenhagen, but now comes to the capital to share his vision of eating seasonally and well.
Overlooking Rome’s Piramide, with views right across to the Castelli Romani, this all-glass restaurant is open for lunch and dinner until April 30th 2018.
At lunch, expect to order from the blackboards, which offer a daily rotating selection of dishes, made from ingredients acquired at Eataly’s fresh fruit and vegetable market on the ground floor.
These include Roman artichoke or cabbage and sausage risotto, as well as a sensational roast pork dish served with mustard and steeped in red wine.
The evening service sees the restaurant transformed into an even more refined and elegant space, offering a broader selection of dishes directly from Trippini’s own restaurant (see image below).
These include pasta combined with beetroot and lentils; pappardelle with wild boar and orange sauce; as well as Trippini’s famous dessert, a crispy Sicilian cannolo (pictured below) filled with white chocolate mousse and served with raspberry coulis.
On the occasion of my visit, I was treated to a tasting menu including some of Trippini’s favourite dishes.
We started with the signature dish ‘Bosco Umbro’, featuring pureed vegetables including asparagus, potato and black truffle, with a hidden dash of a fruits of the forest confit.
This was followed by the pasta course – tortelli filled with broccoli, with a rabbit sauce and shavings of truffle.
Next up, my favourite dish of the night – a tender and succulent cut of roast lamb, seasoned with mint sauce.
We closed the evening with an almond ice-cream, dressed with a date crumble and a swirl of fused chocolate and coffee.
Overall, a very enjoyable experience and proof that Trippini has brought an original and exciting menu to Eataly, which is definitely worth exploring!
Testaccina was a guest of Eataly