“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.”
— Federico Fellini (1920-1993)
PASSION FOR FOOD You will not find any of the standards of American vegetarian restaurants at Margutta Vegetariano RistorArte. There aren't any bean sprouts or tofu on the menu nor are Birkenstocks and tie-died t-shirts worn by your fellow diners. Oh no; it's gourmet all the way, from the food, to the patrons, to the clothes on their backs, the shoes on their feet, and the surroundings. You would not believe you are eating in a restaurant without meat on the menu. The food is always seasonally fresh.
On each of our three visits to the Eternal City we have enjoyed a well-prepared, well-presented and well-served dinner at Il Margutta, which has been in business since 1983. Lunch is served Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays lunch is in the Grand Buffet style. Dinner is served nightly by candlelight. There is outdoor seating in the milder weather.
Located between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo the restaurant also serves as a modern art gallery: “ristorArte”. Take some time to browse the antique shops and galleries along via Margutta.
Any place in Rome would not be complete without a dash of history. And for this wonderful restaurant this is it: Italian film director Federico Fellini lived nearby on via Margutta and dined regularly at Il Margutta. A plaque outside the building where Fellini and his wife Giulietta Masina lived (see photo #4) can be found high on a pumpkin orange-colored wall.