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One of the trendiest hotels in Rome is opening a gourmet rarity next week – an Italian restaurant that doesn’t serve pasta. 0-300° Cold and Grill will be gracing the rooftops of The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma near Piazza del Popolo, which boasts one of the most panoramic terraces in the whole city, taking in the dome of St. Peter’s on one side and the towers of Trinità dei Monti and the French Academy on the other.

The dining establishment is the brainchild of up-and-coming star chef Riccardo di Giacinto, who opened his Michelin-starred restaurant All’Oro five months ago on the ground floor of The First Hotel. Deconstructing some classics of Roman cuisine as well as drawing on di Giacinto’s Abruzzo origins, All’Oro has already become a benchmark for some of the most exciting gourmet offerings in the capital. Now 0-300° will introduce a completely different kind of dining experience, still based on one of di Giacinto’s tenets: sourcing the best ingredients available. The restaurant will range from zero degree dining – raw meat and fish prepared in Italian, French and Asian styles – to 300 degree cooking, with the finest and freshest cuts and seafood grilled simply over charcoal. Its goal is simplicity and taste, in an informal but breathtaking setting marking the perfect destination for warm Roman nights.

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Location: The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma, Via del Vantaggio, 14 – 00186 Roma

Metro: Piazza del Popolo

Photos courtesy of Susan Wright, an Australian travel, lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Rome, Italy. http://www.susanwrightphoto.com/

Words ©Isobel Lee, photos © Susan Wright Photography