It was a true pleasure spending my Birthday with my family in Rome. At times I don’t realize how much I need a break because like so many of you I am running nonstop tending to business matters. My recent trip to Rome allowed me time to bond with family, relax and reflect on life.

Further, I was able to have some of the most delicious, fresh and locally sourced foods. When the Italian state “farm to table” it is truly accurate as the ingredients just melt in my mouth. I was blown away by all the cuisine I tasted but my Birthday lunch at Il Giardino at the newly renovated Hotel Eden was extremely special!

Il Giardino is situated on the rooftop of the Hotel Eden with a mesmerizing view of Rome. To dine there with a glass of sparkling wine is nirvana. We were seated at a center table to fully take advantage of the city view.

The day we dined for lunch you could either order from the menu or partake in the buffet that was sumptuous. The buffet consisted of the freshly prepared salads with fish, chicken or beef. A tray of cheeses, smoked meats and fishes of all sorts. Further, there was a soup and pasta made to order. Each item was better than the next.

Then there was dessert selection which was an assortment of freshly made cakes, petit fours and chocolates. I was surprised by a tiramisu cake which the restaurant brought so kindly to celebrate my Birthday!

Il Giradino is must on a visit to Rome for the view, service and amazing food! It truly was one of the best meals and experiences of my life and I look forward to returning!