SOLO PER DUE – or “Just for Two” – is the smallest restaurant in the world: it has only one table and it takes just two people at a time. So there are no queues, no turns, and no waiting; all our attention is dedicated to the two people who have booked.
The building which houses SOLO PER DUE dates from the nineteenth century and is situated in a very evocative historical location; in the grounds there are the remains of a Roman villa. Carlo Bartolomeo Piazza (1703) identified them as the country villa belonging to the Latin poet HORACE, given to him by MECENATE. As well as admiring the mosaic floors and the portico of the villa, you can also visit the nearby Bandusia Fountain, close to the ruins, to which Horace dedicated one of his most celebrated poems.
When you pass through the gates of the restaurant you are surrounded by the garden which houses a magnificent collection of palms from all over the world, such as Trachycarpus fortunei, Trachycarpus martianus, Phoenix canariensis, Phoenix dactylifera, Phoenix reclinata, Butia capitata, Bhaea armata, Washingtonnia filifera, Sabal mexicana, Chamaerops humilis and several varieties of Cycas revoluta.
During warm weather guests can relax in the shade of a vine and enjoy a enchanting view across the valley, dotted with olive groves and vineyards, while on cold winter evenings they can settle with an aperitif in front of a roaring log fire.
Here you will find the libro dei pensieri, or, book of thoughts, where lovers who have come here from all over the world have recorded their stories, be they romantic, voluptuous or sad.
When you are ready for your meal, the lights go down, the atmosphere takes on a magical quality, and you can summon the waiter whenever you like with a silver bell.
Many of our guests say they feel that they have gone back in time, but perhaps it is just that guests are the kind of people who are still able to feel moved…
The area around Vacone is a rich source of high quality, fresh produce; gastronomic specialities such as extra virgin olive oil, sheep’s cheese, a wide variety of wild mushrooms, wild fruits, homemade pasta and bread, exquisite meat, and local sweets and cakes.
SOLO PER DUE offers exclusively Italian cuisine, accompanied by wines from only the best cellars.
HOW TO BOOK
SOLO PER DUE is open all year round, both for lunch and in the evenings. Bookings are accepted only by e-mail at the address email@example.com and can be made for any time – even a long time in the future .
The most important thing then is to fax your confirmation at least seven days before the date you have booked.
The gates of SOLO PER DUE will open at the agreed time and, if you arrive in the evening, the driveway will be lit with candles, which create a mysterious and special atmosphere. For this reason it is best not to arrive before the agreed time. The price of a meal at SOLO PER DUE is €250 per person, and includes all the details, which will be agreed at the time of confirmation. The only things excluded from this price are champagne, particularly fine wines, and special flower arrangements.
Please note that they don’t accept credit cards.
For anybody wishing to stay the night, there are numerous places locally to stay, ranging from hotels to bed and breakfasts. There is also the possibility of booking a romantic little house just for two, built in stone on the edge of an ancient olive grove. In the morning you will awake to one of wildest and most beautiful views in Italy. The cost of an overnight stay in “La Casetta” is €90 per person, including breakfast.
They also offer other services such as personalised firework displays, special flower arrangements, a taxi link from the airport or from hotels in Rome, daily hire of luxury Ferrari cars, or else a limousine and chauffeur who will bring you from your doorstep to Vacone in maximum comfort and serenity.
For further enquiries you could contact in these ways:
fax at the following number: +39 0746 676873.
During evening hours you can speak to them in English by phone at the following number: +39 0746 676951.