Women’s Day Menu

“From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive: they sparkle still the right Promethean fire; they are the books, the arts, the academes, that show, contain and nourish all the world.”

(William Shakespeare)

Are you looking for a modern and elegant location to spend the Women’s Day in Rome? At the Piccolo Mondo you can relive the atmosphere of the “dolce vita”, celebrating in a beautiful restaurant near Via Veneto, Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi. Our special Women’s Day menu, in perfect harmony between tradition and innovation, is waiting for you!

 

WOMEN’S DAY MENU

 

Appetizer

Sea bass carpaccio with strawberry “panzanella” and yellow “datterini” tomatoes

Pasta

Tagliolini with squid, zucchini and pumpkin flowers

Main course

Turbot with asparagus tips and saffron velvety

Dessert

Mimosa cake with Tribago chocolate and berries

 

Price: € 45,00 per person (beverages not included)

Reservations: info@ristorantepiccolomondo.it, tel +39 06 42016034.

Velentine’s Day Menu

Are you looking for a romantic location to spend the Valentine’s Day in Rome? At the Piccolo Mondo you can relive the atmosphere of the “dolce vita”, celebrating in a beautiful restaurant near Via Veneto, Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi. Our special Valentine’s Day menu, in perfect harmony between tradition and innovation, is waiting for you!

 

VALENTINE’S DAY MENU “IL PICCOLO MONDO”

Welcome prosecco and delicacies from the Piccolo Mondo

 

Appetizers

Marinated salmon with crispy purple potatoes

 

Pasta

Vermicelli “alla Carbonara” with crunchy octopus

 

Main course

Turbot with saffron, fennel and pistachio sauce

 

Dessert

Ganache chocolate Tribago with salty crumble and strawberries

 

Price: € 55,00 per person (beverages not included)

Reservations: info@ristorantepiccolomondo.it, tel +39 06 42016034.

End of year party in Rome between nature and music: shows, games and novelties

This time, New Year’s Eve is celebrated in Rome with 24 hours of music dedicated to the biodiversity of planet Earth. More than 1000 artists from all over the world will perform along five ecosystems between Circus Maximus and Lungotevere Aventino, in an area of about 70,000 square meters. In every habitat that is ice or fresh water, pasture or prairie, desert, jungle, forest and finally the sea, we will find many artists who will entertain the audience all night long with their performances. Many internationally renowned guests are expected, including the rock icon Skin. The entrance to the event is free.

 

The main event

The main event of the evening of the 31st December will take place at the Circus Maximus and will start at 9 pm. The big party will be opened by the artist Ascanio Celestini who will tell a fairy tale about Earth, accompanied by a musical band conducted by Pasquale Innarella. At 10 p.m. an aerial dance show will animate the stage; with the help of a crane the sylphs, mythological female figures (spirits of the air and woods), will be portrayed and a musical company will play The Four Seasons of Vivaldi live.

 

Live music and light games

At the stroke of midnight, thanks to Acea, there will be a fireworks display with live music played by the Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble. Shortly afterwards the space will be taken up by the rock artist Skin, champion of human rights, who will entertain the audience for two hours. During the night there will also be projected some spectacular thematic light games, referring to the five ecosystems of the Earth. The artists will perform in a vast area that includes Piazza dell’Emporio, Ponte Fabricio, Giardino degli Aranci and Piazza Bocca della Verità, with themed music throughout the night.

 

Artistic walks

On the morning of January 1st 2020, the Libraries of Rome (Biblioteche di Roma) will organize four artistic walks suitable for everyone, to get to know the territory.
The afternoon will be characterized by a number of events including electronic music performances at the Giardino degli Aranci, games of gigantic constructions, performances by circus artists on the Lungotevere Aventino and much more.

 

Events not to miss

Another attraction not to be missed are the parades organized in different environments such as the Tiber Parade of the beginnings by Andreco. This visual artist, who has been working for years on a research that relates the urban space with the city’s natural environment, will organize a march in which citizens and performers will participate, from the Isola Tiberina to the Basamento Aventino. The voices of the Cantoria school of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and the Strings Ensemble of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia will also take part in the march.

Another great parade along the Lungotevere will be accompanied by the Orchestra Popolare Italiana conducted by Ambrogio Sparagna, who will entertain the audience with songs and dances from central-southern Italy. Finally, the Teatro di Roma will organize three parades: two by the French company Remue Menage; the first will be inspired by the flight of birds and the second by the world of fish and ocean depths. The last one, curated by the Basque CieDeabruBeltzac, will merge the ecosystem of the deserts with that of the prairies.

,

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN ROME 2020

Are you looking for an exclusive location to spend the night of New Year’s Eve in Rome? At the Piccolo Mondo you can relive the atmosphere of the “dolce vita”, celebrating in a beautiful restaurant near the famous Via Veneto. Our special New Year’s Eve menu, in perfect harmony between tradition and innovation, is waiting for you to inaugurate 2020!

NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU 2020

Aperitif with delicacies from the Piccolo Mondo

cream puff stuffed with black truffle

caviar potato chips

seared red tuna canapé

Appetizers

Wild teriyaki salmon cube with chicory

Raw cuttlefish and marine plankton with black breadsticks

Tempura oysters with lime and ginger velvety

Pasta

Homemade tagliolino with scampi, mandarin and yellow cherry tomatoes

Potato dumplings with duck, with pumpkin cream and fatty liver

Main Course

Veal fillet medallion in pistachio crust with purple potato puree and truffle

Dessert

Nougat parfait with crunchy puff pastry of dark chocolate Tribago and wild berry sauce

Sweet thoughts of the Piccolo Mondo

Midnight toast with lentils and cotechino

 

Price: € 110 per person

Reservationsinfo@ristorantepiccolomondo.it, tel +39 06 42016034.

 

Valentine’s Day Menu

“Love is like good cooking: special dishes always start with simple ingredients, transformed with imagination.” (Paul Mehis)

Valentine’s Day Menu “il Piccolo Mondo”

Welcome prosecco and delicacies from the Piccolo Mondo

Appetizers

Tuna tartare with passion fruit and cuttlefish ink

Pasta

Sea bass ravioli with cream of black cabbage and tomato powder

Main course

Wild catch “all’acqua pazza” and duchess potatoes

Dessert

Cake with strawberry ice-cream

 

Price: € 60,00 per person (beverages not included)

Reservations: info@ristorantepiccolomondo.it, tel +39 06 42016034.

,

New Year’s Eve in Rome

Are you looking for an exclusive location to spend the night of New Year’s Eve in Rome? At the Piccolo Mondo you can relive the atmosphere of the “dolce vita”, celebrating in a beautiful restaurant near the famous Via Veneto. Our special New Year’s Eve menu, in perfect harmony between tradition and innovation, is waiting for you to inaugurate 2019!

 

New Year’s Eve Menu

Welcome prosecco and delicacies from the Piccolo Mondo

 

Appetizers

Jerusalem artichokes with scallops and their chips

Foie gras escalope with pan brioche and pear jam

 

Pasta

Homemade pasta and ricotta cheese with marinated duck and porcini mushrooms

Little mussels with squid ink, lobster and pepper cruschi

 

Main Course

Braised cheek with red wine and baby potatoes
Stewed sea cooked in carta fata

 

Dessert

Chocolate mousse with nougat heart

Sweets of the Piccolo Mondo

 

Midnight sparkling wine with lentils and cotechino

Reservations: info@ristorantepiccolomondo.it, tel +39 06 42016034.

,

Taste our special Christmas Menu

Nothing is more suggestive than spending the holidays immersed in the beauties of Rome. The Piccolo Mondo restaurant has prepared a very special Christmas menu.

You can celebrate in an elegant and exclusive location, a few steps from the famous Via Veneto and a short distance from the magical atmosphere of Piazza di Spagna, Via del Corso and Piazza del Popolo. In our restaurant you will find an warm welcome, fine wines and an excellent menu that combines modernity and tradition.

 

Christmas Menu 2018

 

Appetizers

Tasting of artichokes roman style, fried and raw € 15,00

Salad of crustaceans with potatoes, onions, celery and cherry tomatoes € 30,00

Salad of crustaceans with potatoes, onions, celery and cherry tomatoes € 16,00

Salad of crustaceans with potatoes, onions, celery and cherry tomatoes € 45,00

 

Pasta

Homemade traditional pasta with ragu ‘ of meat and cheese € 20,00

Homemade pasta stuffed with meat in beef broth € 22,00

Homemade pasta with sea bass and lemon € 22,00

Gnocchi with clams and bottarga € 25,00

 

Main Course

Baked lamb with potatoes and rosemary € 30,00

Beef fillet with foie gras and catalogna chicory € 35,00

Mixed grilled fish, shellfish and crustaceans € 35,00

Catch of the day € 11,00 l’hg

 

Dessert

Sacher cake € 13,00

Nougat parfait with pandoro sauce € 13,00

Christmas sweets € 13,00

Selection of small fruit ice creams € 20,00

 

To reserve: +39 06 42016034, info@ristorantepiccolomondo.it.

Easter traditions on Italian dinner tables

Easter, the Christian feast celebrating the resurrection of Christ, is accompanied in Italy by celebrations that vary from region to region, and is characterized by traditional dishes and sweets ranging from appetizers to desserts.
In addition to the traditional recipes shared at national level, such as “colomba”, or dove cake, and chocolate eggs, each region has its own special characteristics. There are many recipes, so we will mention just a few of the most famous.

Northern Traditions
In

some places in Italy, sweet or salty is preferred. In Milan, for example, the dessert is prevalent and a typical recipe is that of Pan de Meje, a type of bread with a sweet taste and flavoured with dried elderflower.
The lamb meat, characteristic of the Easter culinary tradition throughout the peninsula, is used in Trentino to prepare “Easter meatballs”; the other ingredients are shallots, rosemary, parsley, salt and pepper.

Easter in the centre and south


A typical product of the center are the pies, to be tasted with cold cuts and more. Umbria Marche and Lazio are characterized by the crescia, a type of soft bread, salty and cheese, which has the same shape as panettone and is accompanied by meats, eggs and cheeses.
Typical of Rome and Lazio is the so-called “Easter breakfast”, which provides a table richly packed with: boiled eggs, corallina (typical salami of Umbria and Lazio) to eat with Easter pizza, soft cake flavored with cinnamon and some also with liqueur, artichokes are also used to cook with the coratella and to make frittatas. A nutritious breakfast that almost resembles a lunch…
In Campania we find casatiello, a focaccia prepared both in the salted version, with bread dough and the addition of pepper, salami, boiled eggs, oil and lard, and in the sweet version decorated with royal ice (a mixture prepared with egg whites and icing sugar) and colored sugars.
Another traditional dessert of Campania is the famous Neapolitan pastiera, with ricotta, candied fruit, eggs and orange flavoured.
Going down even further we find the cuddure cu l’ova, large biscuits typical of the Sicilian tradition prepared with a dough similar to shortbread, with different shapes but which have the common characteristic of wrapping hard-boiled eggs. Colorful sugars are used for decoration.

Easter Lunch


Although the Easter lunch menu varies from region to region, there are still some common dishes. As an appetizer there are the inevitable boiled eggs, the basis of different recipes, and pies. For first courses we have lasagna or cannelloni, while for second courses the constant is lamb meat, used to prepare many recipes. They range from baked lamb to lamb chasserelles, fried ribs or lamb chasserelles to meatballs. As for desserts, the classic dove cake and chocolate eggs prevail.

Easter at “Il Piccolo Mondo”


As the popular saying says “Christmas with your family, Easter with whoever you want!”.
If you want to spend pleasant moments during Easter holidays in the company of family members or friends in the name of tradition and good food, the restaurant “il Piccolo Mondo” is the place for you! You will find a cosy atmosphere and a menu prepared for the occasion, with tasty dishes of the Roman tradition.

For reservations please contact us on 06 42016034.

Why is Valentine’s Day the day of lovers?

Valentine’s Day is rich with myths and legends and it has its origins in pagan Rome, and it was born as a day of transgression and excess. Only at a later time it was transformed into a day dedicated to lovers.

The origins

In ancient Rome, February 15th was the fertility day, characterized by transgressive rituals such as the one which took place on the streets where the Roman matrons let a group of young naked boys, devotees to the god of fertility Lupercus, whip them. As centuries went by, since these rituals were in contrast with the Christian ideals, In 496 AD, on pope Gelaius I, the fertility day of the Romans went through some drastic changes: it was put forward one day to make it match with February 14th, dedicated to St. Valentine, and it became the day of lovers, and since then they had the saint as their protector.

This day, through the centuries, had several transformations, linked to the traditions and culture of the different eras.

Valentine’s Day today

Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated often with candlelight dinners and gift exchanges between the lovers, even though all over the world there are some tweaks, following traditions and culture of each and every place. In the USA, in Canada and partially in England, for example, there’s the tradition of sending flowers and sweets to the loved ones, accompanied by secret cards that do not show the receiver the identity of the sender. In the caliente Spain, instead, they send roses in a heart shape.

Japan has the peculiarity of having the girls giving chocolates to their loved ones, whom on the same day the following month, will return the gesture by sending some white chocolate treats.

Moreover, this day is not on February 14th everywhere in the world; in Brazil, for example, lovers celebrate on June 12th, the day before St. Anthony’s day, that, according to the Brazilians, has the same power as the pagan god Cupid to make people fall in love.

And what happens in Italy?

In the land where the Mediterranean cuisine rules, the lovers day keeps being characterized by candlelight dinners, during which the lovers have a display of affections and gifts and where they can taste delicious food that satisfies the palate and the soul.

We’re waiting for you for this occasion at Il Piccolo Mondo! In our restaurant you can find a cosy atmosphere and a varied and rich menu, that will make your evening unforgettable.

For reservations, call this number: 06 42016034

The “dolce vita”

Between the 50s and 60s, Rome became the capital of the “dolce vita”, a trend that involved actors and directors, as well as the bourgeoisie of the economic boom. It was a time where people surrendered to the fun and carefree climate of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In Cinecittà, Italian and American films were shot because the production costs were lower than Hollywood and the city, Via Veneto in particular, was full of photographers and paparazzi, but also of writers such as Ennio Flaiano, who wrote the script for “La Dolce Vita” by Federico Fellini. In cafes and restaurants there were parties attended by the playboys of the time and the breakthrough stars.

While in the city there was a mundane climate, a cultural movement was born, personified by the new avantgarde of the Gruppo 63, with Nanni Balestrini and Umberto Eco. In the bars of Piazza del Popolo, intellectuals such as Alberto Moravia, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alberto Arbasino and Goffredo Parise used to meet, and didn’t mind attending the parties and the gatherings of the bourgeoisie and venues such as the Piper, were international artists would perform.

1960 was a year of change: the leftwing era started and in the USA the first catholic President was elected, J.F. Kennedy. In this scenario, Rome lived its “dolce vita”, with Fellini, Antonioni and Visconti. Yet, it was also a time of censorship and debate. The change involved also music, where the Beatlemania was at full throttle. A new world with new lights and shadows was being born, told by “La Noia (Boredom)” of Alberto Moravia and “La Dolce Vita” of Federico Fellini. The protagonists of this change were mainly the journalists, that gave a new way of communicating and together with television were the witnesses of the decade that ended with the riots of 1968.

In the film “La Dolce Vita”, society was sarcastically described as an “economic boom” one. Directed in Cinecittà and in the most meaningful spots of Rome, when Anita Ekberg walked into the Trevi Fountain it sparked uproar, said the journalists, and that image became the symbol of an era. Controversy didn’t go amiss and the film was object of a government interrogation caused by the critics moved by the Vatican newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano”, but it eventually escaped censorship. The “dolce vita” became a lifestyle: bars, restaurants and nightlife venues of Via Veneto, gathering spot of intellectuals since the 1920s, started welcoming international stars from cinema and became the stage of their arguments, excesses, flirts and scandals. A detailed description of those events, of which lots of photographers, paparazzis and journalists are witnesses, can be found in newspapers of the time.