A Sumptuous Night at All’Oro

We were thrilled last year to hear that the Michelin-starred restaurant All’Oro was moving from Parioli into the the First Luxury Art Hotel, a few minutes walk from us within the “Trident” area at Via del Vantaggio, 14. Nothing is more tempting than a world class restaurant within a few minutes’ walk!

The hotel is lovely and funky, evidenced by a sculpture of a white steer as you enter. There’s also a very attractive bar off to one side, which normally would have quickly sucked us in for a try. But we were here to enjoy a fabulous dinner with some friends. All’Oro surpassed expectations.

The dining room, like the hotel entrance, is very… white. But comfortable and elegant. They sat us up where we had a sweeping view over the dining room.

All'Oro dining room
All’Oro dining room

We selected some cocktails, and started in on the fabulous bread. You’d be forgiven for not sticking to your low-carb diet with these gems.

To-die-for bread to nibble on
To-die-for bread to nibble on

We also noshed on sweet and savory macaroons and marshmallows. A light squash bisque with cod started us off.

Sweet and savory macaroons and marshmallows
Sweet and savory macaroons and marshmallows
Squash bisque
Squash bisque

This was the start of a long dinner program. We particularly liked the sushi of raw Fassona beef, truffle, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar; the pork rillette in olive oil with mushrooms and pears; and the lamb potstickers with cabbage.

A "sushi" of raw Fassona beef, truffle, parmesan cheese and balsamic - delicious
A “sushi” of raw Fassona beef, truffle, parmesan cheese and balsamic – delicious
A lovely surprise - lamb potstickers with cabbage
A lovely surprise – lamb potstickers with cabbage
Pork belly done right - succulent
Pork belly done right – succulent

Along with the six courses came multiple treats from the chef, including sweet and savory macaroons with truffle marshmallows, a pre-deseert fruit course, and a post-dessert treat platter, the latter of which we were too full to truly appreciate.

All'Oro tiramisu, after breaking open the meringue crust
All’Oro tiramisu, after breaking open the meringue crust
Treats galore at the very end
Treats galore at the very end

The friendly, attentive, and humorous staff helped us choose wine, both by the bottle and the glass. One of the things we appreciated most is that despite the very high quality of the restaurant, the service is anything but snobby or stuffy. Indeed, the staff here were exceedingly warm.

All four of us loved the experience, and we will definitely be coming back! Our only advice is the 6-course tasting menu may be too much food for some (particularly with all the treats from the chef), so moderate eaters may wish to go with a 4-course tasting or go à la carte.

UPDATE 2016: All’Oro is closed, looking for a new space to re-open …

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