A “good” place to eat quality fish in Rome is undoubtedly Chinappi! Few doubts. It is always at the top of the ranking of the best seafood restaurants in the capital. The restaurant was opened by chef Stefano Chinappi and his wife Elena 9 years ago. Theirs is a story that began in Formia in the 1950s when Stefano’s grandparents opened a restaurant where they served the fresh fish bought at dawn at the town auction. A few years ago, the couple opened a second restaurant just a step away from Porta Pia.
And also, in the second room, the raw material is the protagonist. The catch arrives every morning in Stefano’s kitchen directly from the fish market of Formia, and on the table, the rhythms dictated by the seasonality of fishing are respected. You will only have to decide whether to opt for a classic menu – for example, the carpaccio of mullet and cod on endive – or whether to experience the beautiful creations of chef Federico Delmonte Marches who here combines his Adriatic experience with Stefano Chinappi’s Tyrrhenian one.
The cuisine focuses on the aromaticity of the dishes and the creativity of the combinations. A few examples? Scallops, coconut, and lime; gobbetti shrimps, mint, dried lemon, and gin; mullet, gentian, and caviar. The desserts are also delightful. The extensive wine list (over 60 labels), with a particular preference for bubbles. The menu (which you can also find online) is divided into The most requested by the Romans, four courses € 50; Stefano’s menu according to the Chinappi Tradition € 80 for seven courses; Surprise menu € 100. Otherwise, you can easily choose your dishes from the menu.
Via Augusto Valenziani, 19, 00187 Roma RM
06 481 9005