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Review: My husband and I got married on a Mediterranean cruise which left from Rome, so we came a few days early to enjoy Rome, as it was my first time. We are both vegans and were a little worried about being able to eat there. We discovered quickly that most restaurants have a hard time grasping the concept of "nessun formaggio." Fortunately my husband read about Il Margutta RistorArte on Happy Cow. We ate there on our second night in Rome and couldn't have been more pleased. The restaurant is on a very quiet street just off the equivalent of our Rodeo Drive, which seemed more like an alley to us. Lots of trees and plants and candles out front made it all the more romantic. We had munched on some freshly-baked olive bread and ordered white wine (forgot which one) which was amazingly delicious, as it is in all of Italy. We then started our meal off with a half of an avocado appetizer which was served with a scoop of pineapple sorbet and some greens and a light sauce. It was very refreshing after a long, hot day at the Vatican. We then had the creamy zucchini risotto with zucchini blossoms and Troffie alla Siciliana with aubergines, olives and capers from Filicudi, which was a pasta dish with the freshest eggplant you can imagine. I was surprised how large the dishes were! Next came the Seitan Escalope with lemon sauce and sauteed kale. We could swear we were eating veal! The lemon sauce had just the right combination of tart and creaminess and complimented the dish perfectly. Again, the plate was huge. (Whoever said Europeans eat smaller portions than Americans were wrong.) We left some food on our plates so we could sample their dessert, which was a chocolate torte that tasted like a brownie with a crispy bottom. It was pretty tasty, but hard to eat as it kept crumbling. Overall, the food was wonderful, the staff friendly (and spoke pretty good English), and the ambiance divine (even the bathrooms were nice, and in Europe, that's a big deal). Next time I'm in Rome you'll find me at Il Margutta RistorArte.