Restaurant Review: Terazza d'ell Eden
This restaurant left me nearly without words; it was simply the best I've had in my life. Only a few flights upstairs from our hotel room in the ravishing Hotel Eden in Rome, this Michelin-starred restaurant was the perfect way to experience a special meal on our last night in Rome. The menu was filled with a variety of unique flavors and dishes, all so intriguing and interesting that deciding what to order was nearly impossible. I had to ask the waiter for his recommendations so many times, and he never let me down! First off, the decor inside is beautiful. Very elegant but light and simple at the same time. Coming from an interior design perspective, it was truly stunning. And the VIEW. It was a panorama of the entire city. Breakfast was served here each morning so we enjoyed our wonderful assortment of fruits, yogurt, and coffee while overlooking beautiful roman sunrises over all the eye could see. For dinner the sun had set, but Rome by night is still quite the spectacle.
Ok, to get to the best part: the food. We each paired our meals with white wine, me with my Chardonnay and my mom Pino Grigio, and started with seafood dishes that were the most unique sampling of flavors I've ever seen. I had scallops, with dashes of different things to pair them with scattered all over the plate in such an artful way, allowing each bite to provide completely new tastes and combinations. My mom's appetizer was similar in the way it was presented, but she had prawns matched with unique flavoring and additions. Tiny salads were also provided for tasting, as well as bread. For the entrees, we both opted for pasta (because, you know, Italy). My mom chose our new personal favorite: a dish known in Rome as Cacio e Pepe, which essentially is a very light pecorino cheese sauce and strong pepper flavoring. It is slightly creamy due to adding pasta water back into the noodles to allow the absorption of the cheese, but it is still a light sauce with an insanely rich flavor. This particular dish came with "rose petal aroma," which involved a glass bowl of liquid that, upon receiving the pasta, turned into a rose-scented fog machine on the table to envelop us in the aroma. It was such a cool experience of a pasta dish! My pasta was calamari-shaped with small fragments of shellfish, finely chopped zucchini, and tomatoes, in a light vegetable sauce. The ingredients all matched so perfectly and every bite was better than the last. The presentation of every dish was the most beautiful I have seen; I was obnoxiously taking photos of everything they put on our table!
This really is the main event: the dessert. While the whole dessert menu looked amazing, we asked the waiter for an opinion and he said "absolutely" the tiramisu. When a waiter is that adamant on a dish, you know it must be good. And he was SO right. I've never been one to opt for the tiramisu on a dessert menu, but this was THE best dessert I have ever had. It was a small cylinder of tiramisu with a caramelized crispy shell to give it a crunch, then a thick chocolate base for some fudgy flavor. Creamy coffee ice cream paired flawlessly alongside it to make each bite a trip to heaven and back. When I ordered it I was hesitant to believe I'd want more than a bite, but I found myself soon devouring the whole thing much faster than I would've liked! They also provided us with a small sampling of desserts at the very end of our meal including a macaroon (my fave!), a passionfruit infused bite of chocolate, and a sweet chewy candy as well.
If you ever find yourself in Rome looking for a special occasion fancy meal, this is your place. It was nothing less than the best, and I wish I could've tried EVERYTHING on the menu. (Hint: late October they're featuring a 4-course PUMPKIN menu, including pumpkin risotto and pumpkin creme brûlée! Might need to just fly back for a night for this...) The staff at this restaurant were some of the nicest I've ever come in contact with, always so happy to see us for breakfast each morning and catering quickly and attentively to every wish. The food did not take long to prepare but left us just enough time between courses to fully appreciate what we had just finished. The music that filled the space was a delightful piano assortment of very recognizable classics. I couldn't have chosen a better person to share the experience with than my mom, and I'll remember this night forever!