IL Pagliaccio, the only two star Michelin restaurant in Rome and one of the highest regarded in the city, has been rejuvenated with a fresh new look and menu. Chef Anthony Genovese has spent the past few months, while the restaurant was closed for winter break, developing his latest incarnation of Il Pagliaccio’s tasting menu – and now they’ve been unveiled.

Titled Circus, the new menu is inspired by the restaurant’s origins and the concept of a ‘circus of flavours’. Drawing on Anthony’s travels for inspiration, the interiors have also been updated.

The main dining room and entrance hallway have been pared back, table linen removed and the halo lighting replaced with modern pendant ceiling lights. These subtle changes have transformed Il Pagliaccio’s look, adding a more contemporary style to the stylish dining space.

A joint venture between Anthony and good friend Marion Lichtle, Il Pagliaccio opened in 2003. Situated on Via dei Banchi Vecchi, the restaurant seats 28 and is just moments from the famous Campo de’ Fiori. Inspired by Anthony’s travels around Asia, but still firmly grounded in his Italian heritage, the menu is a celebration of the finest produce and ingredients.

Il Pagliaccio takes its name from a painting given to Anthony by  his mother, which hangs in pride of place in the restaurant. Il Pagliaccio literally translates as “The Clown,” and refers to the mastery of different emotions the circus character can provoke. The latest incarnation of Il Pagliaccio’s tasting menu is titled Circus, and seeks not only to please its guests with delicious food, but to stir emotions of joy, curiosity and nostalgia through its dishes.

The interior too draws on Anthony’s travels, with the tasteful décor providing a perfect backdrop for the culinary journey. Following the refurbishment, the restaurant offers a rich, cosseted ambiance with simple table presentation, soft furnishings and softly focussed lighting, creating a modern, tranquil and stylish space.

Horticulture too plays a strong component in Il Pagliaccio’s design, with the interior, floral aesthetic blending out and into the vibrant adjoining courtyard.

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