La Pergola Restaurant in Rome, 3 Michelin Stars

Love Affair with Food, Mel's Michelin Star Experience, Yummy Europe

During our trip in Rome, we had a chance to dine at  La Pergola Restaurant in Rome Cavalieri Hotel.  It is the only restaurant in Rome has 3 Michelin Stars.

The hotel is located at the top of a hill where it overlooks the city.  We had a dinner reservation so we missed out the chance to view the city (day view) from the top of the hill.

The restaurant is decorated in the classic style with arts around the room.

As per their web site, they have over 53,000 bottles of wine and 29 types of water (H2O).   The price tag on the most expensive bottle of water, is more than a bottle of wine I drink in Canada.

We had a Sommelier helped us to select the wine. I found it to be an unique experience, since we rarely have this type of service in a Canadian restaurant.

We ordered the nine courses tasting menu.  The dishes were prepared with perfections.


Photos of my favourite dishes…each dish is beautifully plated.

Cheeses trolley contained different types of Italian cheeses.

Of course you always need something sweet to end a perfect meal…look at all the desserts we got…European love sweets 🙂

The service was very good, but I found them less attentive than the Michelin 3 stars restaurant we tried in Spain.

Overall, we had another great experience.  Thank you hubby!


Visited 2011 November


Sant Pau Barcelona Restaurant, 3 Michelin Stars

Love Affair with Food, Mel's Michelin Star Experience, Yummy Europe

Sant Pau restaurant is located in a small town “Sant Pol de Mar”, it is a small town in the coast of Barcelona.

The restaurant is owned by the top Spanish female chef Carme Ruscalleda.  She is known for creating unique dishes by combining her imagination with traditional Catalan ingredients.

We were the first customers arrive that day, so they seated us by the centre of the restaurant, where we overlook the beautiful courtyard and the Mediterranean Sea.  The décor of the restaurant is very warm and elegant, it matched perfectly with the views.

We ordered the Tasting Menu which costs €146 per person, it comprises of 13 courses.   The lunch and dinner menu were the same, I would recommend going for lunch instead of dinner, because it takes about 3 hours to serve all the courses, and you can also enjoy the beautiful views during the day time.

The tasting menu came with a story board which explains the menu and we got to keep it with us.

The food was exquisite and all dishes were beautifully plated, some were like work of arts.   We had an amazing time trying each course.

Service was great, we had 3 people served us and they were very attentive.  The restaurant also paid a lot of attention to the little details, such as having a little stool for the purse.

Chef Carme Ruscalleda is at the restaurant every day, she came out after the dessert to thank the guests for coming and we got to take a photo with her.

Overall it was a very memorable experience; it is worth the trip to visit her restaurant as per the Michelin Star Guide – exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.

Visited 2010 December