Longing for Marzapane
Have you ever thought: what am I going to eat for dinner tomorrow? –or- what will I be eating for lunch next Saturday? breakfast next Sunday? What will I order from the menu of a restaurant next time I go there? Isn’t it bizarre how our love for food makes us think about our upcoming meals over time?
Ever since Marzapane opened in Rome -back in March 2013-, I was really curious to dine there. It had a tremendous buzz among the most popular/followed Italian blogs. It was mentioned here, and there, and also here, and in this one…and….last but not least….here.
As expected, getting a reservation was difficult since it was always packed (it only has 20 seats). If you called to make a booking, a table for two would be available for the next two or three weeks. So the mere thought of attempting to make reservations discouraged me. I realized that access to Marzapane came down to pure determination. Oh well, for some reasons that determination became procrastination.
One thing is true about newly opened and much buzzed about restaurants: before it can offer consistent high quality of food and service, a prudent period of time must pass to effectively establish its reputation. Therefore, I decided to wait before Marzapane got “tried and tested”.
This waiting turned into a state of gastronomic longing: a yearning desire to satisfy my gustative and visual senses in a place that I momentarily could not reach. Sounds exaggerated, doesn’t it? I mean, with so many options in Rome, why was I so infatuated about this place anyway? Well, maybe because:
- Chef Alba Esteve Ruiz , a native from Alicante, Spain, was Chief of Appetizers at Celler de Can Roca in Girona, which has been officially named the best restaurant in the world.
- La Guida del Gambero Rosso, one of the most renowned restaurants guides in Italy, recently granted Marzapane the award of Best Value for Quality of Food. A tasting menu of 5 courses costs 35 euros (this does not include wine).
- This cozy, small bistrot offers an interesting menu with the personal touch of the talented 23-year-old Spanish chef – a breath of fresh air in a city with deep rooted Roman traditional cuisine.
Need to add more? Come with me and see for yourselves …
Bread from Roscioli
Chocolate layered cakes
Cod mouse with caramelized red onions.
Anchovies with a parsley sauce, red peppers, toasted almonds and alioli
Scallop with crispy Guanciale from Lazio, green beans, confit tomatoe, and garlic sauce
Oyster with Vodka granita, and crumbled wafers.
Vanilla scented ravioli filled with foie gras and Sherry, smoked duck breast, peach foam and crumbled amaretti
Tagliolini with squid, tomatoes, and picadillo (bread crumbs, garlic and parsley)
Chef Alba Esteve Ruiz
Cod over burnt leeks, piquillo pepper sauce, basil sauce, Pecorino Aleatico cheese, and sweet paprika
Marzapane – Dolce e Cucina
Via Velletri 39 – 00198 Roma
Phone +39 06 6478 1692