As a part of our Trafalgar tour, we were brought for dinner to Le Terme Del Colosseo in Rome on our first night. Indeed, it was a great way to start your tour of Italy. I have seen a lot bad reviews about this restaurant on tripadvisor and I must agree with some of the comments about this place being a tourist trap. Well it is, but in a good way. Where else can you find a restaurant which gives you an opera performance while you’re dining?
We were the first to arrive at the restaurant which appears to be quite dingy from the outside as we had to enter through a side entrance of a small street. The building looks quite old and tired. There were some steps going down which appears to be a basement of some sort, my hear started pounding as I’m a bit claustrophobic but I’ve put my brave face on since I didn’t really want to miss the meal. Lol. The floor then opened up into a large, spacious dining area with a huge number of tables so then my claustrophobia was somehow forgotten. The idea of the whole building crashing through us kept playing in my mind though the entire time. Yes, I’m weird like that.
The restaurant mainly caters to tour groups so you can imagine how many people dined with us which I didn’t really mind as it somehow added up to the already vibrant atmosphere of the place. They served set menus but of course gave a vegetarian option to some of the people within our group. The food was ok, not fantastic and not bad either. It was tasty yet nothing really fancy. Wine was also served, it’s Italy after all.
What I really loved about the place was the entertainment it offered us. They had live performers who were absolutely amazing! I didn’t eat much as I was too busy watching them – taking photos and videos of course.
Here they are performing one of my favorites: Con Te Partiro
Performing O Sole Mio, one of the first pieces that I was able to play in piano as a child. :p
And here’s Brian from our Trafalgar group (who is now an avid reader of mine) getting a clean shave from the singers as they perform Le nozze di Figaro. I loved it, you’ll hear me laughing in the background. :p
Yes, it’s a tourist trap – no doubt about it, but if tourist traps are like these in all of the cities – I’d gladly take the bait.