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Restaurant • Fine Dining


Restaurant Essenza

Situated in the Italian beach town Terracina, you will find this excellent restaurant Essenza just a stone’s throw from the sea. Here, owner and chef Simone Nardoni re-invents traditional dishes, while remaining respectfully anchored in the region.


Terracina (LT), Italy
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Simone Nardoni

Simone Nardoni
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The young talented chef Simone Nardoni was born in 1987 and is now patron-chef of restaurant Essenza. His willingness to learn new techniques and gain experiences as a cook took him to northern Italy and abroad. But his desire was ultimately to bring this wealth of knowledge home to Pontinia, where he realized his dream: a personal concept of gastronomy at restaurant Essenza. 

Contemporary Italian cuisine

1 Michelin star

Local seafood

Restaurant Essenza

A large portion of the menu features local fish, while a selection of meats, including the small selection aging in the display case, is hand-selected from different locations in the area. When you taste chef Simone’s delicious culinary creations, you will understand why his restaurant is rated the number one fine-dining spot in Terracina and has been awarded a coveted Michelin star.

Essenza’s cuisine

The kitchen at Essenza serves contemporary Italian cuisine, which combines traditional flavours of the past with modern techniques. The menu changes frequently, according to the seasons and the ingredients available in the region. Favourites on the menu include the delicious lobster with marrow and carrots, and the tender whole pigeon. Each dish is perfectly paired with an excellent glass of wine from the extensive wine list, including Italian labels and international ones.

Terracina surroundings

Restaurant Essenza is situated in the coastal town of Terracina, in the province of Latina, Italy. It’s a popular destination for its seemingly endless beautiful beaches, but also has a variety of historical and architectural buildings.  When you enter the town center through one of the old gates, you will find yourself walking along beautiful architecture in the Corso Anita Garibaldi, between Renaissance houses and eighteenth-century buildings. Interesting sights include the Terracina Cathedral and the historic Temple of Jupiter Anxur.



Essenza Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 38 4019 Terracina (LT) Italy


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Opening times

Monday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 22:30
Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 22:30
Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 22:30
Friday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 22:30
Saturday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 22:30
Sunday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 22:30

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