Colbert is a truly unique restaurant/café, located in the beautiful halls of the Ferdinando de’ Medici Gallery inside Villa Medici – headquarters of the French Academy in Rome since 1803. The venue’s name honors the institution’s history, as it was Jean-Baptiste Colbert, minister of the Sun King Luis XIV, who with Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Charles Le Brun promoted the establishment of the French Academy in Italy’s capital city.
Today, four Roman entrepreneurs – former advertisement experts Camilla Porlezza and Marco Baroni, plus Maddalena Salerno and Marco Del Vescovo – have brought new life to the spaces imagined by painter Balthus (director of the Academy from 1961 to 1977) in this 16th-century palace, looking over the city with a breathtaking view from the Pincian Hill.
Set designer Richard Peduzzi has curated all interior decor, while the Colbert’s menu is entrusted to chef Arcangelo Dandini in collaboration with executive chef Marco Pantani, and Fonderia Dolci & Design is in charge of the desserts and fine pastry list. From the selection of French cheeses to recipes inspired by traditional Italian cuisine with an international twist, everything at Colbert leads to an experience of art: the art of beauty and savoir vivre.