La Rosa Roman Grill
La Rosa Roman Grill (once called just la Rosa) is dedicated entirely to Roman food. It is by Nino Zoccali, who also owns Pendolino.
Famous Roman dishes are stinging-nettle spaghetti; lardo and zucchini flower pizza; cacio di pepe (simply butter, pepper, cheese and pasta); saltimbocca; and, most famously, porchetta. You can find all of these on the menu at La Rosa.
The porchetta is the main attraction. It’s literally wheeled out on a silver platter and so advertised to diners. It represents the kitchen’s volcanic-rock grill. La Rosa is using it to make Zoccali’s godfather’s smoked black-pig sausage, his family farm’s British white beef sirloin, Suffolk lamb ribs and spatchcock alla diavola.
The wine list has also taken on some flavour from around the capital. La Rosa is importing two award-wining wines from the region.
The rest of the restaurant involves old-school white linens, red curtains and dark carpets. The only new addition comes in the form of a bespoke joinery piece at the front entrance; a modern interpretation of a Roman column.