Food enthusiasts have a new reason to celebrate as the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel opens its new gourmet restaurant, Ineo. Under the direction of head chef and Michelin-starred Heros De Agostinis, the restaurant boasts 28 seats and offers a fine selection of characteristic dishes with international influences in a stylish and elegant atmosphere. The cuisine of De Agostinis draws from different cultures and kitchens, constantly seeking new trends. The chef, who hails from Rome, is inspired by his previous experiences in international gourmet restaurants and luxury hotels, including the renowned Lanesborough Hotel in London where he earned his first Michelin star. Chef De Agostinis, armed with his knowledge of various ingredients from markets around the world, is now exploring the nearby Esquilino Market on Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in Rome’s lively, multicultural district.
Some of the signature dishes at Ineo include ceviche made from raw red shrimp with mandarins, tarragon oil, and crispy pepper, spaghetti with salmon caviar, venison with cauliflower and raisins, and raspberry-rhubarb souffle with white chocolate for dessert. A seven-course menu at Ineo costs 130 EUR per person, with wine pairing available for an additional €70.
The restaurant’s name, Ineo, comes from the Latin word for “new beginning.” Chef De Agostinis has been in the fine dining industry for 25 years, having worked with renowned chefs such as Heinz Beck, Marc Veyrat, Joel Robuchon, and Heinz Winkler, all of whom have earned Michelin stars in their careers. He incorporates the flavors and tastes from his previous experiences in the cuisine he prepares at Ineo.
“I am proud to be able to convey the authenticity that is so important to the Anantara brand with my cuisine. After so many years of traveling, returning to Rome is like coming home to me, and I get to see traditions in a new light,” said De Agostinis, whose previous stint was at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain.
In addition to the cuisine, the design of Ineo is elegant and contemporary. The dominant colors are beige and green, complemented by gold and plum accents, giving the room a stylish appearance. The chairs are made of textured leather and velvet, while the lamps in the 1960s style were designed by Italian architect and designer Gae Aulenti. Ornate marble from the Carrara province adorns the floors and walls, and the tables are set with high-quality Limoges porcelain and Christofle silverware.
Chef De Agostinis, armed with his knowledge of various ingredients from markets around the world, is now exploring the nearby Esquilino Market on Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in Rome’s lively, multicultural district.