In recent years the trend clearly has been towards healthier and fresher food. The old thick sauces and everything made from butter have been forced to step aside for an emphasis on herbs, vegetables and a more nutritious dinner experience. Executive Chef Heinz Beck is a master of healthy cooking. Whichever menu you choose, you will not be overwhelmed simply by having too much food like you can at many top dining restaurants after a long meal.
Chef Becker’s lightness in his cooking and spot-on delivery of the purest flavours imaginative will send your taste buds straight into gastronomic heaven. Heinz’ cooking is everything but boring. His highly intuitive, complex and intelligent cuisine will keep all your senses at alert for the full meal. Do not think La Pergola is about any molecular or experimenting cooking, yes, you will have highly advanced and creative cooking, but La Pergola is always about genuine flavours which communicate directly without any hidden agenda. It is simply stunningly delicious.
The dishes you have are on several occasions presented very simple. A clean presentation in a lavish environment of something that is anything but simple to create. Chef Beck’s interpretation of the sea in his “The Sea…” dish will knock out all your possible questions about whether this restaurant is a true masterpiece or not. Everything you have is made with the utmost attention to details and an elaborate cooking far beyond what most restaurants can accomplish. With an emphasis on the Italian and the Mediterranean cuisine, the team at La Pergola cooks imaginative and amazing dishes like king prawns in tempura on purée of fried squids, and fillet of John Dory with curry on a light pesto sauce, scampi and vegetables to just mention two of the dishes for the seasonal tasting menu.
Executive Chef Heinz Beck’s gem of a restaurant is located on the ninth floor of the wonderful Rome Cavalieri hotel. A long terrace and most of the tables both in- and outside offer some of the most breathtaking views of Rome available. It is something that everyone has to see to understand the beauty of.
La Pergola is one of the very few restaurants in the world which truly offers the complete package. Nothing is missing and all you have come with the little extra. Everything, from one of the most stellar wine cellars in the world, to the fact that everything you have is home-made, to the selection of salt and water. La Pergola is far more than just the best restaurant in Rome. This culinary wonder is a must, period.
Written by Andy