Meet il Marchese, Europe’s first amaro bar & Roman trattoria in Rome’s centro storico
Il Marchese unites the best of two worlds: a bar with elegant French salon accents and pompous chandeliers, and a restaurant with the coziness of a Roman trattoria. But it’s not just the décor that’s impressive. When you walk into Il Marchese you step inside Europe’s first Amaro bar with more than 500 different Amaro labels.
On the recent G20 in Rome, Il Marchese had two special customers: the American First Lady Jill Biden and the French Première Dame Brigitte Macron. The two ladies said they were “delighted with the lovely welcome”, complimenting the staff and the quality of the products.
ll Marchese takes its name from the Marchese del Grillo, a symbol of Rome’s inimitable spirit– a true gentleman, but always inclined to irony, a lover of tradition, but also appreciated by those who come from different cultures. Since 2022, Il Marchese is bringing its philosophy and style to Milan.
Leading the bar is Fabrizio Valeriani, a bartender with solid experience behind him–you’re sure to get the perfectly crafted cocktail at Il Marchese. Great importance is given to the ideation and preparation of what makes up the drink such as cordials, syrups, infusions, fake limes, all prepared at home.
The Cocktail and Amaro bar has a stunning bar counter offering a selection of predominantly Italian labels and some international labels. It’s also the first Amaro bar to offer a cocktail list based entirely on bitters, and a list of 30 amaros that change each month.
You’ll find classics, twists on Negroni & American Style Cocktails, and signature cocktails. And for the bitter aficionados, try the vintage amari selection, with bitters from 1950 to 1970. You’ll also find low-alcohol or ABV (alcohol by volume) cocktails, with fewer calories.
Come by from 6pm – 9pm to indulge in aperitivo. Order from three different aperitivo menus to accompany your drink: romano with a carbonara or amatriciana tasting and a supplì; tagliere with your choice of cured meats and cheese; or homemade pinsa romana with ham and figs or mortadella, buffalo mozzarella and pistachio. Cocktails will set you back €12, and for an extra €15 per couple you can choose one of the aperitivo menus.
A refined Roman trattoria
Or better yet, stop by for lunch or dinner before navigating the streets of Rome. With its perfectly central location footsteps from Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, Il Marchese is surely a great place for a short break. You can dine directly at the kitchen counter or in one of the cozy wooden tables. If you see the chefs walking around the dining area, don’t be alarmed, they’re not slacking off, they’re just getting fresh ingredients from the market. That’s right, Il Marchese has its own indoor food corner where chefs grab ingredients on the go and where even clients can purchase fresh local produce.
What to order? With Chef Daniele Roppo, you’re sure to have a fantastic dining experience. The culinary philosophy has strong Roman roots and is inspired by traditional recipes that are lightened according to a contemporary taste, also offering vegetarian dishes.
The iconic dish is la carbonara del Marchese. The guanciale is perfectly crispy, the pasta is homemade and al dente and the sauce creamy to the point. And wait until you taste their Roman-style grilled meat and seafood such as the cod with zucchini and mint cream!
If you don’t feel like pasta, try the Risotto Roma – Milano, in honour of Il Marchese’ s second Milanese location. And as a second course, don’t miss the Filetto di Vitello come saltimbocca , a fillet of veal with sage and prosciutto as per the recipe for saltimbocca alla Romana, and the Polpetta di agnello alla scottadito. The desserts, all homemade, are a real treat.
But how can you describe Il Marchese? After all, it’s a mix of Roman recipes with a contemporary twist and countless Amaro labels. It’s a locale with two souls, a way of mixing the past with the present, a new way of spending time together in contemporary Rome, seven days out of seven, from 12.30pm till 2am. Il Marchese is a place that puts together some of the best life has to offer: quality food, quality drinks and quality people, all day long.
Via di Ripetta, 162 (centro storico)
Daily 12:30pm – 2am
Aperitivo: Daily 6pm – 9pm
Contacts06.90218872 ilmarcheseroma.it ilmarcheseromea
Drink Like Italians: Cocktail-Making Class in the heart of Rome
Enjoy your mixology experience in Rome’s historic centre and learn how to prepare the most famous Italian cocktails: Spritz and Negroni. Next to that, our bartender will explain how to pair these drinks with food. Want to learn more? Get your answers in a cool atmosphere at Il Marchese while sipping on your own handmade Negroni and enjoying an italian aperitivo.