Creative dishes in Rome’s Pigneto neighbourhood
If we were in 2008, I would say “look both ways before crossing Pigneto”. But – Oh, boy! – I have to admit – Pigneto, in these past years has witnessed a transformation! So, what does it mean to “experience Pigneto?”
We know that this neighbourhood swarms with restaurants and cocktail bars in most disparate formats. If I needed to explain Pigneto, I wouldn’t even know where to start. There is always something new and different in every corner. And the latest addition that I’ve been positively surprised with is VA.DO AL PIGNETO – a chic and vintage locale that boasts 1930s Neapolitan chairs, Provençal mirrors and artisan tables that will immediately catch any artistic eye. The lighting and the cozy, effortless setting makes this experience even more cinematic.
Being a big big big food lover, I must admit, VA.DO AL PIGNETO’s creative spring menu is just what you need. I would say it is a skilful combination of flavours and ingredients. The executive chef Giorgio Baldari surely knows how to surprise his clients. I tried a bunch of dishes, including “Il Crudo e Croccante”, a selection of raw fish with crispy vegetables tempura and also vegetable rolls and smoked tofu with seeds and sesame oil, in phyllo crust with vegan aioli sauce flavoured with mint is a must-try dish. But my absolute favourite dish was “Vado e Tonno”, red tuna in scalded leek leaves and soy sauce that just leaves you craving for more.
Three words to describe my experience at VA.DO AL PIGNETO? A wonderful mix of flavours, colours and… style. VA.DO al Pigneto is definitely a reason to cross Pigneto!