A “small jewel” amongst the cobbled streets of Rome
Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte hotel located in Rome, presents Da Sistina, the stylish sidewalk restaurant named after the renowned street it is located on, Via Sistina. With a focus on typical roman cuisine, this fashionable dining destination combines a modern and unique twist to each dish, blending tradition with innovation.
Fulvio Pierangelini, the celebrated maestro and Creative Director of Food at Rocco Forte Hotels, uses traditional Roman ingredients mixing the freshest produce for a unique gastronomic journey. Throughout the day, the menu at ‘Da Sistina’ features fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients that capture the history and evolution of Roman cuisine. Guests are invited on a culinary journey through time: artichoke salad, ravioli with anchovies, and grilled lamb chops recall typical Jewish dishes that are staples in Roman cuisine.
Panzanella, tortelli with fava beans and pecorino, and the pea soup with ricotta celebrate the humble ingredients typical of the cucina povera, “simple cuisine” whereas endive, broccolini, and chicory reflect the countryside’s rich variety of fresh herbs and vegetables.
In paying tribute to Roman tradition, the Maestro could not exclude classics such as cacio e pepe, spaghetti a la gricia and veal saltimbocca, recreated in Pierangelini style. The cacio e pepe is presented with three to four types of pepper and red prawns “An ingredient may be changed but ultimately I want people to close their eyes and feel they are in Rome,” adds the maestro.
In addition to a cocktail pairing menu, there is a strong focus on Italian and regional wines, with a very high attention to quality wines by the glass.
This blend of classic dishes with a modern twist is visible in the space as well. Its fresh checkerboard floor mixed with velvety red chair cushions, and sumptuous wallpaper generate an air of sophistication and old-world charm. Commenting on the design, lead designer of Hotel de la Ville, Tommaso Ziffer said: “In Da Sistina Bistro, you’ll find an assortment of Renaissance-inspired busts and statues, set against luxurious jewel-toned velvet sofas reminiscent of old Italian palazzos. The striking black and white floor tiles throughout hark back to the neoclassicism that emerged during the mid-18th century.”
As Pierangelini rightfully states, ‘Da Sistina’ is a “small jewel” amongst the cobbled streets of Rome, the ambience is elegant and warm, friendly and informal. It is the ideal place to watch the fashionable Roman world go by from a window table.
Celebrated Italian chef Fulvio Pierangelini is the Creative Director of Food for the restaurants at Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Russie & Hotel de la Ville in Rome; Masseria Torre Maizza in Puglia; Hotel Savoy in Florence; Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily and Hotel Amigo in Brussels. Chef Pierangelini is world-renowned for his award-winning sea side restaurant Il Gambero Rosso in San Vincenzo (Livorno), his ebullient master classes and his edgy, intuitive and trend-setting recipes. Fulvio Pierangelini, is of Roman origin, but trained and practised in Tuscany. He has been described as a ‘food whisperer’, able to conjure magic out of the simplest and most familiar ingredients – seafood, fish, vegetables – and combining and presenting them in new and inventive ways whilst remaining true to Italian tradition.
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 13 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de la Ville, Hotel de Russie and Rocco Forte House Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.
Future openings: The Westbund Hotel, Shanghai and Villa Igiea, Palermo in 2020