Glass Hostaria: A Foodie Heaven in Trastevere

Upstairs at Glass (photo from the Glass website)

Upstairs at Glass (photo from the Glass website)

West of the Tevere lies the Trastevere neighborhood, the old working-class section of Rome. Narrow cobblestone streets meander around medieval buildings chock-a-block with lively bars, and busy restaurants. So imagine our surprise when we found a sleek, beautiful, ultramodern restaurant, Glass Hostaria, tucked smack dab at the intersection of several streets a couple of blocks west of the Piazza Trilussa.

Upstairs looking down onto the main floor

Upstairs looking down onto the main floor

Although you can’t tell it from the outside, as one website says, “Glass Hostaria sports an adventurous, cutting-edge design that features sleek bronze fittings, creative lighting and innovative modern features and furnishings.” We also found the food to be wonderfully adventurous, cutting-edge, and inventive, and the whole package certainly merits the restaurant’s Michelin star, which it earned in 2010.

We enjoyed a lovely evening at Glass last Friday, and the setting, the staff, the presentation of the courses, and the gracious wine steward all exceeded our expectations. When we first visit a restaurant, we often try the tasting menu to get a sense of what the restaurant can do, and we did that at Glass. Nine (small) beautiful and delicious courses and a bottle of Pietra Marina Etna Bianco Superiore wine left us eager to return soon. I’ll take you to dinner with us in the photos below.

Buon appetito!

Veal tongue pastrami with bluefin tuna, avocado, and spiced apple granite - I loved it!

Veal tongue pastrami with bluefin tuna, avocado, and spiced apple granite – I loved it!

This antipasto was amazing: potato cooked in clay with sea urchin egg sauce and sea beans

This antipasto was amazing: potato cooked in clay with sea urchin egg sauce and sea beans. I wanted to lick the bowl!

This was called "fake seabean risotto" with chard and parmesan.

This was called “fake seabean risotto” with chard and parmesan.

My favorite pasta: spaghetti, spring garlic, oil, habanero, and truffle

My favorite pasta: spaghetti, spring garlic, oil, habanero, and truffle

Parmesan cheese stuffed ravioli with mushrooms

Parmesan cheese stuffed ravioli with mushrooms

Scallop, yams, prosciutto broth, and flying fish roe.

Scallop, yams, prosciutto broth, and flying fish roe.

My favorite course: pork belly with percebes (gooseneck barnacles that live in the ocean's intertidal zone). I would go back every night to eat this dish!

My favorite course: pork belly with percebes (gooseneck barnacles that live in the ocean’s intertidal zone). I would go back every night to eat this dish! Exquisite!

For dessert this yogurt semifreddo with verbena oil and dill was sensational!

For dessert this yogurt semifreddo with verbena oil and dill was sensational!

Petit fours, in case we hadn't eaten enough!

Petit fours, in case we hadn’t eaten enough!

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One Response to Glass Hostaria: A Foodie Heaven in Trastevere

  1. Larry Byer says:

    What a variety of food. Pretty gourmet

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