Reconnaissance for a well-reviewed restaurant on the afternoon of Oct 11, 2004
This is not a restaurant review. I didn’t eat or drink in the L’Antico Arco during my Roman trip. It is a review on the reviews.
Paid me detour to the L'Antico Arco on the top of the Gianicolo this afternoon. The USA Today says it’s "pretty as a picture" and the Zagat survey's readers say the trip is totally worthy though a bit “out of the way” (they really meant it) – to the extent the place is "why they came to Rome for."
Thanks to all the gods they were worshipping in the Pantheon, I didn't come to the Gianicolo solely for this eatery’s seek. C'mon, seeing the beauty of this little restaurant was as difficult as getting any meaningful message out of those abstract paintings. At first I was tempted to think the restaurant must have a panorama view of Rome to die for from the top of the hill, as I cruised along my way via the Passeggiata del Gianicolo and took picture after picture of the Eternal City. But for Gesu seek! The restaurant is indeed positioned on the top of one of the most famous hill of Rome, yet it is located right in the corner of a crossroad and has no view at all; unless you consider the view of chaotic Roman alleys breath-taking. What good is that? If what they meant was that the décor of L’Antico Arco is “pretty as a picture,” I disagree too. At any given afternoon, I can show you a dozen dining rooms in Rome that are doing a way better job to their interiors. I am totally disappointed by the exaggeration of the reviews.