La Pergola Rome

Formal, classic, traditional, and luxurious; this was our first impression of La Pergola, the 3 Michelin Star restaurant located at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (our hotel in Rome).

Walking into the restaurant reminds me of both Le Cafe Parisien (a luxurious café aboard the Titanic) and early 1900’s Jacobean style. I feel like I’m dining in an art gallery!

La Pergola is fitted with countless pieces of fine art: paintings, a rare Aubusson tapestry, Sèvres porcelain, an 18th Century bronze candelabra, imperial furniture and a wonderful collection of hand-blown glass by Emile Gallé.

Our wait staff took us to our table and we were more than impressed with the setting. To our left were huge windows allowing us to view Rome and all it’s wonders from above. Adding further to the opulence, our table was set with silver plates and gold crockery.

Exposed beam structures with French trellis details feature around the room, with Mahogany furniture filling the space in between. The cross-check pattern of the French trellis design has been utilized not only on the ceiling but also within the furniture and the carpet, creating a more elegant, classic and luxurious feel all round.

When dining, there are both set menu and a la carte options. The menu is delightfully overwhelming with a 40 page wine list and a 2 page water selection!

It was evident that each wait staff had their own, specific responsibilities. Immediately after one waiter takes our order, another appears with a trolley full of bread. There were 6 bread options to choose from. Thankfully, when you have no idea which one to choose, the waiter will happily help you pick, or alternatively give you everything! A third waiter approached us and began explaining the oils for the bread and the accompanying salt selections, which had been sourced from around the world.

picture above: breads selection

picture above: salts selection

First course: Fagotelli 'La Pergola'.

Main course: Soya poached beef fillet with garlic dandelion and wasabi purée.

Dessert: Iced sphere of red fruit on tea cream with crystalised raspberries.

In-Between Courses


Pre-dessert 1:

Pre-dessert 2: a box that is consisted of 12 drawers full of treats! Each drawer consist of different type of sweets which varies from macarons to biscuits.

After-dessert :

We were also offered a cheese selection from the trolley, but regretfully we had to decline this offer as we were just too full. The cheese trolley was astonishing, with over 10 types of cheeses to choose from.

Overall, the whole dining experience was wonderful – exactly what you’d expect from a 3 Michelin star and 5 forks restaurant.

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