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Roy Caceres Opens Metamorfosi in Rome

Facebook. The necessary evil. I hate that I need it and that it is the absolute best way to get in touch with chefs and restaurants in Italy. Better than email and telephone you ask? Often, yes. Take the case of Metamorfosi, for instance. This fancy new restaurant opened less than a month ago in Rome’s posh Parioli district and I tried to make a reservation but the phone line hadn’t yet been sorted out and several emails to the address listed on the site were bounced back. It’s not exactly convenient to swing by, so I took a shot at my last resort. I looked up Chef Roy Caceres on Facebook, explained the difficulty I had reaching the restaurant, and asked how I should go about making a booking. Within a few hours I heard from Mr. Caceres and had a table for one for Monday lunch.

I arrived for lunch reservation yesterday at 1pm and for a while I was the only patron in the restaurant. Service was accordingly very attentive and efficient (and would remain so, even after others arrived) and the Chef even came up from the kitchen to find out how I had learned of Metamorfosi (actually it was via a conversation that came up on my Facebook feed. Being a voyeur is rewarding!). I ordered the 8-course tasting menu and he asked my preferences. In a 30-second phone call and a two-minute face-to-face conversation, it became clear that the first thing everyone says about Chef Caceres is true. He is a really really nice guy. Forgive the hippy-dippy mumbojumbo, but he really does seems to wear an aura of kindness. The second thing they say about him is that he is the consummate host who tries to engage his guests’ senses and emotions through his transformation of ingredients. The name of his new restaurant pays tribute to that idea.

Piccione morbido e croccante gel-agro ai lamponi e fiocchi di mais

And now for some more objective statements about the chef: He was born in Bogata in 1977, and came to Italy at the age of 16. Since then, he has worked in some important restaurants, including the Relais & Chateaux “Il Pellicano” (Porto Ercole), the Locanda Solarola where he held a Michelin star (Castel Guelfo), and Pipero (Albano Laziale). Metamorfosi is still in its nascent phase, but is already earning some buzz in Rome.

I’ll go ahead and add to it: the spaghetti Masciarelli con polvere di cozze (artisinal spaghetti from Abruzzo dusted with the powder of dehydrated mussels) was one of the best things I’ve eaten all year, the pigeon was perfectly cooked and the white chocolate mousse was insanely good. I didn’t love everything on the menu and at €110 for lunch (including two glasses of wine) Metamorfosi can’t be my everyday lunch spot, but I’ll surely be back again and I’m eager to try more.

Metamorfosi Roma
Via Giovanni Antonelli, 30/32

2016-09-14T11:30:57+00:00 November 30th, 2010|Categories: Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |17 Comments


  1. nyc/caribbean ragazza November 30, 2010 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    The spaghetti dish sounds incredible.

    I don’t know the Parioli area at all. I keep hearing there are some amazing restaurants I should try.

  2. Jessica November 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Oooh I want to go! Good food and finally, someone is nice!

  3. Katie November 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    @nyc/caribbean ragazza it WAS incredible. it kinda changed my life. Parioli does have some great restaurants but they cater to the wealthy so lunch yesterday was €110 with 2 classes of wine. definitely not an everyday thing but nice every now and again.

    @jessica quando vuoi!

  4. HK Epicurus November 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    This place looks like its going to explode onto the stage, just by the concept and recipes alone !

    Where were you Katie when I was traveling in Rome, all by myself and not knowing where to eat 😀


  5. Laura December 1, 2010 at 2:29 am - Reply

    dehydrated mussels? wow that must have intense flavors!

  6. ekc December 1, 2010 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Oh Katie, it kills me that we won’t be there until September/October and by then it will have received “too much” buzz! I love finding a place when it first opens and it is still “your” secret. Can’t wait for you to go back a few more times so we can get a full review!!

  7. Elizabeth December 1, 2010 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Sounds fantastic. But 110 euros for lunch? I hate to tell ya, but that is definitely for the wealthy Katie. At least in most people’s books, and definitely in Rome. That’s 145$.

  8. Katie December 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    @HK Epicurus Ive been here all along! now you REALLY have to plan a trip back to Europe and give Rome a second shop. oh, tomorrow im dinning into the last bit of salami i got at jamonissimo. who knows how it lasted this long!

    @ekc One thing that is great about dining at high end places in Rome is that they are often dead at lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays. It’s easy to score a reservation or walk in, even to places like All’Oro or Il Pagliaccio that are fully booked at night. so regardless of future buzz, you should be able to visit Metamorfosi without difficulty in Sept/Oct

    I hope i can make it back to Metamorfosi again soon so I can do a proper review after a couple of visits and once the place has been open for a few months.

    @Elizabeth i ordered the tasting menu which was €90 and contained 8 courses. Metamorfosi also offers a number of multi-course lunch menus that are much more accessible. if i recall one was €35 but i might be mistaken…not inexpensive but not more than you might spend for a primo, secondo e dolce at any number of moderately priced places in the center.

    i always get the whole shebang when i go to places like this and love allowing the chef to guide my dining experience. of course eating 8 courses and spending €110 (menu + water + wine) for lunch isnt something most people do regularly (though i know enough gastrofighetti who do) and it’s certainly not something i can afford to do all the time, but i really wanted to check it out before i left rome for the holidays. i made it Iolanda last night…fabulous, but it made lunch seem cheap! I am now broke.

  9. HK Epicurus December 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Definitely plan to come back 1 day – will find you when I do! I should have planned Italy after Spain in hindsight after bumping into you ! 🙂

  10. Larry Conlin December 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Great write up. Now I want to pack up and move to Rome. And Paris.

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