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“All with a modern twist”
Review of Il Pagliaccio

Il Pagliaccio
Ranked #1,321 of 13,962 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$193
Cuisines: Fusion
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Description: Our culinary journey embraces every single person getting inside Il Pagliaccio, just like the parallels embrace the world, from west to east Join us in a journey through the kitchen and the dining room, through gastronomic culture and hospitality, through ingredients, techniques and sensations ranging from East to West, following parallel lines, symmetries, affinities. Chef Anthony Genovese welcomes you in PARALLELS, a journey originated from emotions, memories and identities.
Reviewed December 26, 2017

The physical presence screams modern and so it is. Nonetheless, the decor is inviting as are the waitstaff that greet and serve you. The food has some very different aspects including liquid which is served to start the meal. The food is good but what you would expect from a one star Michelin restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed December 14, 2017 via mobile

We came to attend the presentation of Parallels. When an orator speaks to the public, there is a confluence of the message, the presentation, and the content to have an adhesive in the memory of the participant. We leave tonight feeling lost in translation.

The sadness of the story is there was grand balance in each of the dishes textures. The flavors were interesting, but lacked character. Rather the message was like a run on sentence. Each dish overlapped the others and left one to question what they enjoyed, do you have a favorite, and feeling guilty for your absence of joy. It was communism in food. The tastes were regimented and confused the palate. The dessert dishes were numerous and out of place. We were full from the cocoa, but craved the savory.

The insult to the lady who had the reservation under her name was treated as a high school prom date. Two different menus given, one with price, one without given out the wrong way. The lack of attention continued with she requested the bill and it was given to him. He was consistently thanked and asked to make every decision when the night was her gift and contribution. In 2018, this male driven persuasion was not fitting.

Perhaps it is us and our own amateur palate. We would not want dissuade you from a wonderful opportunity. We just have our own comparison to Michelin 1 star restaurants. We are used to connecting with the front staff and meeting the Chef through the presentation and the character of the dishes. What we learned was the staff are awkward in connecting when speaking English and the chef has a strong desire to create. It was an Opera lost in translation, but the tea was beautiful.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed November 27, 2017

We expected great things. The food quality did not disappoint- excellent ingredients, superbly cooked, and with some very unusual and interesting flavour combinations. Fish with creme brulee was particularly fun! We did the tasting menu at lunch, but were less than impressed that you don't get told what is in it or what sorts of meats/fishes will come in the menu - totally at the mercy of the chef. It makes picking wine a bit of a challenge. We have encountered this elsewhere in Italy - so perhaps just cultural!

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our 10 course tasting menu. The sommelier did a masterful job choosing a glass of white to start and a bottle of red wine for the main courses. We were, however, slightly disappointed with the overall meal in terms of experience and value. Total cost was 460 euro, plus tip. We’ve paid more than this to dine at 3 other restaurants with 2 Michelin stars. We enjoyed those 3 meals more than this experience. The food was really, really good, it just wasn’t memorable, didn’t have a “wow factor” and didn’t seem worth the cost. Perhaps consider dinner a la carte.

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed October 17, 2017

We dined on our second evening in Rome at Il Pagliaccio. It was fantastic, even better than we expected. Totally worthy of its 2 Michelin stars, formal enough but not overly formal--though the dining room was a bit quiet at first. Food was outstanding and inventive, and the wine pairings were perfect. Service was friendly and excellent. Couldn't ask for more. Loved it.

Date of visit: September 2017
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