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Pauline Borghese Restaurant

Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa

Via G. Frescobaldi, 5

00198 Rome

06-854-42-177

Located in the quiet residential area of Parioli, the Parco dei Principi garden offers a beautiful haven from the bustle of the city center.  Just one street separates its garden from the world-famous Villa Borghese Park, designed as a formal garden in 1605 for Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the first of its kind in Rome.


We enjoyed a pleasant passeggiata through the Borghese gardens on several occasions during our stay at the Principi and particularly enjoyed our visit to the Villa Borghese Galleries to see the Canova sculpture of Pauline Borghese.  This we did before dining at the hotel’s Pauline Borghese Restaurant, named after Napoleon’s famous sister.


Taking inspiration from traditional recipes, Chef Gianfranco Calidonna uses regional ingredients in simple yet unusual ways, never compromising their flavors or textures. Like a master conductor, the Maitre D’ arranged our travel from appetizer to dessert wine, as we sampled the chef’s variations of specialties from more than one region of the Italian peninsula.  Sommelier Riccardo helped select the wines that were to accompany us on our journey through the menu.  A glass of chilled Agricanto from the Veneto was a perfect ending to a thoroughly delightful meal, one of the best we have had in Rome.


During the summer months light lunches and snacks are available every day beside the pool. From 12:30 until 3:30, a poolside Sunday brunch is offered.

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