Guided by Veronica–the new generation of the Iannozzi family–the iconic Via Veneto restaurant is back (with a makeover)
Decades have passed since Via Veneto was at the center of the world and Cinecittà the “Hollywood on the Tiber”. The 60s were the years of Federico Fellini, of creativity, of wealth and glamour–the years of the Dolce Vita. But the feeling and charm of that time is gone, leaving only the nostalgia of what used to be… that is, until you set foot in the famous Via Boncompagni, the side-street of Via Veneto, where the queen of the Dolce Vita’s venues stands–Jackie O’.
Opened in 1972 by Gilberto and Beatrice Iannozzi and named after the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jackie O’ was the it-place for movie stars and VIPs of the time who enjoyed fine dining and dancing till the wee hours. Still today, Jackie O’ proves to be a timeless venue offering the same restaurant + piano bar formula. With its piano bar nights, stomping your feet and singing your lungs out to Italian 70s, 80s and 90s songs, Jackie O’ is still one of Rome’s nightlife reference points.
But don’t drop by Jackie O’ just for its piano bar, because there’s a whole other world to discover–Jackie O’s restaurant. Walk down the stairs for a real blast from the past: dimmed lights surrounded by mirrors, background music floating in the air, leather seats and velvet armchairs. The walls are adorned with black and white pictures of some true greats and habitués of the restaurant and club, from Marcello Mastroianni and Gianni Agnelli to Liz Taylor and Andy Warhol. An intimate and sophisticated atmosphere awaits you at this newly restyled restaurant, paired with an excellent friendly and professional service.
Jackie O’ offers a unique dining experience tailor-made for its guests: at the helm of the kitchen the young Chefs Federico Sparaco and Stiven Toro are ready to satisfy the palates of a varied and demanding public.
The menu is a journey through Italy with references to the roaring 80s, featuring a range of pasta, meat and seafood options. Standout dishes include the Spaghettone Felicetti alla carbonara, uova di montagna, scaglie di tartufo nero estivo (carbonara pasta with truffle shavings) and one of the iconic dishes of Jackie O’–the riso al salto con brasato di manzo (crunchy risotto with braised beef).
For starters, the crunchy beef spheres with vaccinara sauce are delightful. Don’t forget to save some space for dessert as pastry Chef Federico Padron has some real surprises. From the coconut and passion fruit cheesecake and the tiramisù, to the refreshing fruttini gelato, you’re in for a treat. And to pair it all, the refined wine selection and quality cocktail menu will over deliver. Whether it’s for a mid-week supper or a weekend dinner before dancing the night away at the club, Jackie O’ is the place to relive the charm of the Dolce Vita in a venue that went down in history.
Via Boncompagni, 11 (Via Veneto)
Tuesday to Sunday 7pm – 12am