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7th Floor Hassler: An Evening Above The Roman Skyline

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By Lucy Cocoran on 24th June 2024

Hotel Hassler’s crowning glory is its panoramic rooftop terrace — the picture-perfect backdrop for a memorable evening.

As we journey to our dinner reservation at Rome’s Hassler Hotel, we climb the Spanish Steps and turn back to admire the view. Basking in our newfound perspective, it felt like we could see everything. Little did we know, it would only get better from here. 

We cross the road and step inside the the prestigious hotel, which has occupied the coveted spot atop the steps since 1893. The elevator is called to the seventh floor, which houses the aptly named 7th Floor Terrace, a panoramic rooftop bar and restaurant. 

With sweeping views of the city skyline, the vantage point is nothing short of spectacular. The stage was set for an unforgettable evening, and it certainly delivered. 

The welcome 

After being seated, we are given a menu which folds out, detailing the key landmarks visible from the terrace. Among them, we spot Trajan's Column, Quirinal Palace and the Tower of Milizie. 

A bottle of Jacquesson Cuvée 746 Champagne arrives during our seated sightseeing. Smooth and citrusy with a lovely bite, it is the perfect way to start things off. 

Looking out over Rome’s expanse and enjoying a glass of chilled Champagne would have been wonderful enough in itself, but we were informed by our server that chef Marcello Romano has prepared a special menu for us to enjoy. Needless to say, we were very excited. 

Our culinary experience begins with an overflowing bread basket, in true Italian style. It contains the usual suspects from focaccia to crispbreads, but the real standout was a bundle of breadsticks, flavoured with 36 month aged Parmesan cheese and cracked pepper. Wonderfully savoury with a slight kick, they were incredibly moreish. 

The menu 

The first course was the highlight of the entire meal — breaded scallops with purple potato and an apple and bergamot dressing. These scallops were the best I’ve ever tasted. They cut like butter and were deliciously thick with a perfect white colour. The crunchiness of the salad and citrusy blast from the apple dressing was the perfect compliment. I will no doubt be thinking about this dish for a long time. This course was accompanied by a wonderfully fizzy Bollinger Champagne Rosé. Everything about this pairing was summer encapsulated. 

Next, is a three tomato risotto with provolone fondue and micro herbs. It is rich and hearty without being dense, and encapsulates the flavours of the region perfectly. The accompanying wine was a lovely red from Tuscany, which was purposely light. 

Our last savoury course is veal on a bed of spinach with aubergine and potato puree. This dish is made ‘Milanese’ style and one bite proves it to be perfectly seasoned and succulent. The matching wine is from producer Borgo del Tiglio, which is based in the same Northern Italian region that our server is from.

Each wine pairing was thoughtfully selected and skilfully presented, offering tasting notes and the production history for each bottle. It was great to learn more about why that drink had been chosen.

By the time dessert arrives we are fit to bursting, but no sweet tooth can deny themselves a sugary ending. The two-course parade began with a tray of miniature treats including lemon meringue pies, macarons and chocolate biscuits. The grand finale is an exotic blend of passionfruit and mango, encased in a sumptuously light meringue shell. Beautiful. 

The verdict 

It is near impossible to find fault with the dining experience at 7th Floor. It was an experience which was only amplified by the warm and considerate nature of every staff member we encountered. 

There is no better vantage point of the Eternal City, than up in the clouds with the gods. We leave with both bellies and hearts full, beaming over a truly memorable experience. 

Hotel Hassler Roma

Address: Piazza della Trinità dei Monti, 6, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Bookings: https://www.hotelhasslerroma.com/en/restaurants-bars/7th-floor-terrace

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