Tuesday, May 31, 2011
By now you know that I care a lot about how things look. When it comes to food, I love good design, and the setting - especially when it comes to a restaurant - greatly influences my experience.
The other day I had lunch at the Chiostro del Bramante. The food was just fine. Actually it was quite a few levels up from ‘just fine’, bordering on really very good. But this was one of those times when the setting so outweighed what I had on my plate, that I think I would have been happy with just about anything.
The Caffeteria at the Chiostro del Bramante is set in the loggia that surrounds the upper level of Bramante’s 15th century courtyard. You walk past his masterpiece, the facade of Santa Maria della Pace and in through his courtyard. Up a marble staircase and you arrive at what I think has got to be one of the most tranquil, elegant places to spend an hour in Rome.
The fact that you can actually sit down and have a nice lunch is an extra added bonus. The menu is not large, but full of the kinds of things I love for lunch: big salads, carpaccio, crostini and eggs every which way. They also have what sounds like a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, for 28 euros.
I’ll be going back for lunch often, and definitely will be checking out the brunch. But even if they were just serving bread and water, I consider it a miracle just to be able to spend time this heavenly spot.
Caffetteria di Chiostro del Bramante
Viccolo dell’Arco della Pace 5
Brunch Sat & Sun 10-3:30