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.
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.