When we opened The Gate House Café in 2008 in this small space in the Village Gate, we never would have imagined that within 9 years the business would grow enough to require a move and expansion into the suite next door. But that’s exactly what happened, and in 2016, we found ourselves with an empty restaurant space that needed a remodel, but was perfect for a small Italian concept. Having spent some time in Italy, and being much enamored with the city of Rome, we forged the idea of a Roman inspired restaurant, tailored to fit the existing space, and meant for the palates and desires of our local clientele.
One of the many beautiful and inspirational historical sites in Rome is the temple of Vesta, goddess of the home, hearth and family. Vesta, or Hestia to the Greeks, was often found at the God’s hearth, where she provided them with an eternal fire, and offered advice related to children and the family. Her Roman temple’s fire was always lit, and symbolized the wealth and prosperity of the city and its inhabitants.
The most special relic of the former Gate House is the Forno Bravo pizza oven, crafted in and shipped from Italy. This oven symbolizes Vesta’s hearth, existing to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as providing a cooking technique for Chef William Hughes. Using this flame, he has composed a menu consisting of traditional Roman fare, tailored for the high heat of the wood burning oven. From baked pasta dishes to meat entrees, the 700 degree oven churns out dishes of Roman origin, with a modern flair, and the subtle flavor of aromatic wood.
We welcome you to our Roman hearth. Please relax, slow down, have a glass of wine, and enjoy your food and your time here. This is a place for gathering, indulging, warming up, sharing a meal with your loved ones, and leaving your stress at the door. As we like to say, when in Rome, eat.