WHERE TO EAT

Food and Travel (UK) - - Gourmet Traveller -

Belvedere dal 1933 Chef Alain Rosica cooks with a light­ness of touch not of­ten as­so­ci­ated with clas­sic Ro­man dishes: think cour­gette flow­ers stuffed with ricotta and pecorino wrapped in wafer-thin slices of smoky bacon. A lo­cal menu with a mod­ern twist. From £25. 29 Via Regina Margherita, Fras­cati, 00 39 06 941 9004, belvedere1933.com

Greed Avidi di Gelato Win­ner of the Ge­la­terie d’Italia 2017 (the best Ital­ian gas­tro­nomic ice cream award), lists of sea­sonal fruits and flavours are scrib­bled on the wall and peren­nial favourites, such as lemon, pis­ta­chio and rasp­berry (owner Dario Rossi grows them in his gar­den), sit along­side rose­mary and olive oil and a tart but­ter and jam – the key, I’m told, is the Guernsey milk. Scoops from £1.15. 28 Via Cer­naia, Fras­cati, 00 39 347 623 6679, avi­didi­ge­lato.it

Le Petit Bistrot The wood-fired pizza oven takes cen­tre stage at this lo­cals’ favourite. Owner Mas­si­m­il­iano Pri­ori is at the helm, send­ing out crisp Ro­mano and chewy Napolese-style piz­zas, topped with the finest lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. From £15. 13 Via Et­tore Gabrielli, Vel­letri, 00 39 36 70 43 88, vel­letribistrot.it

Monte Due Torri Fol­low the stairs of this me­dieval build­ing, which was orig­i­nally an out­post of the cas­tle built here to con­trol the road to Anzio, and dis­cover this in­ti­mate fine-din­ing restau­rant. Dishes from Josè Amici are re­fined and beau­ti­fully pre­sented, from a per­fect plate of ca­cio e pepe pasta with mint picked in the moun­tains, to a deca­dent cho­co­late sphere within which is en­veloped a silky smooth mousse. From £38. 77 Via Monte Giove, Gen­zano di Roma, 00 39 06 93 63 276, mont­e­due­torri.it

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