Elegantly dressed ladies who lunch and Italy's power players are Marzapane's afternoon clientele. We had thankfully booked ahead unlike former Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni who stopped in, shook some hands and reservation-less walked back out.
There were two tasting menus available the day we visited one with meat and one with fish. We opted for the meat, but couldn't resist trying one part of the fish menu.
Perfectly portioned plates arrived with precise swirls of sauces including a ravishing raw seafood amuse bouche, a single meatball made from bolitto and served with cabbage, and a slightly modern interpretation of coda topping mezzo maniche pasta and a gorgeous grilled scallop aside a pumpkin puree with crispy slice of pancetta.
After the scallop we were pretty sure that was the end but welcomed one last meat course of pork simmered in milk, but still with a crackling top, grilled radicchio and an earthy beet pure.
We were not finished yet. Dessert was a crumble with layers of citrus curd, clementines and an outrageously marshmallowy meringue.
You are always hearing how it is good to venture out of your comfort zone. I will certainly be adding a few of the fancier places in Rome to my dining to-do list.
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