Even if the food at Imago were no good, we think diners would still flock to this central Italian ristorante just for the views from the Hassler Hotel’s sixth floor. Massive windows ensure your Roman overlook is unobstructed. Among the many landmarks you’ll spot are Piazza del Campidoglio, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo, and the Villa Borghese gardens.
Chef Francesco Apreda may be young, but he’s already scored a Michelin star at Imago for his imaginative, international touches on traditional Italian fare. A la carte dishes include a marinara risotto with mussels and “parmigiana” style scallops with an aromatic infusion. There are also a variety of tasting menus on offer, including a vegetarian option and a global tour for the tastebuds, highlighting bites inspired by everywhere from New York to Tokyo.
While the dishes may be cutting edge, the dining room at Imago has a classic, even historic feel. The marble floors bear an antiqued wood inlay, and the mirrored tables just scream glitz and glam. Between the posh surroundings and that striking view, you’ll feel like you’ve earned your place in the Roman glitterati.