Last Tuesday evening I was dining divinely, or as the Germans say “wie Gott in Frankreich”, at Il Convivo Troiani (* Michelin), my favorite Roman restaurant, where I have dined almost yearly since 1998. It was slow night, and the waiter, Eric (ask for him), explained that Romans had their big meal on Easter Sunday, and just two days after Easter they weren’t hungry for another. Just as well, because it gave Eric and I a chance to chat about our mutual passions: churches in Rome and fine dining. Eric asked me if I had dined in other restaurants in Rome of similar quality as Il Convivio. I mentioned Pierluigi and Agata e Romeo* (Eric said that the Troiani brothers are friends with Agata and Romeo. He endorsed Il Pagliaccio** with fervor. When he asked if I had ever been to La Pergola***, I answered "no". Eric became animated with ardor! “You really must try it if you love fine dining; it is several notches higher than Il Convivio, and worth every penny.”
Well, my fellow Chowhounders, four questions:
1. Is Eric correct to endorse Il Pagliaccio?
2. Is Eric correct to swoon over La Pergola? Is it the pinnacle of Haute Cuisine in Rome? In Italy? Is it the La Tour d'Argent of The Eternal City?
3. Can you recommend to me a banker who would loan me the money to eat at La Pergola? Study the prices on the Menu: http://www.romecavalieri.com/pdf/Menu...
4. Will I spend my time in Purgatory being purged of gluttony?
A review of Il Convivio forthcoming.