The warren-like interior of Enoteca Ferrara is a perfect place to while away an evening. The restaurant offers a rich menu of seasonal specialities and traditional dishes such as Roman-style lamb with artichokes, and spelt couscous with gurnard fish. The wine bar area is a cosy enclave within the restaurant and here you can order by the glass from an extensive list of more than 1,600 varieties. Thankfully a sommelier is on hand to guide you through the choices.
Enoteca Ferrara, Piazza Trilussa 41, 00153 Rome, +39 06 5833 3920
Trimani il Wine Bar
Trimani is one of Rome’s oldest wine shops. It started business in 1821 and now occupies an entire block near Termini station. Its wine bar here opened in 1991 and is enormously popular: wine lovers from across the world make a pilgrimage to its bar to try some of the 6,000 varieties of wine. The appealing food menu offers inventive small plates priced around €8, making this is one of the best-value restaurants in the city.
Trimani il Wine Bar, Via Cernaia 37B, 00185 Rome, +39 06 446 9630
Cul de Sac
This cosy little wine bar near Piazza Navona has a wonderfully old-fashioned interior and presents an impressively wide selection of wines. The list is split into different regions of origin, with dozens of by-the-glass options. The food menu offers simple dishes full of flavour and devised to accompany the wines, such as onion soup, cheeses, homemade pâtés and lasagne. With its unpretentious atmosphere and delicious food and drink, Cul de Sac is a must-visit while you are in Rome.
Cul de Sac, Piazza di Pasquino 73, 00186 Rome, +39 06 6880 1094
This traditional wine shop and bar is a true find. A favourite with locals, it has a modest interior with warm lighting and walls lined with shelves of bottles; it is a no-frills place yet full of charm. Despite its small size it stocks an extensive choice of wines, particularly from smaller Italian vineyards. There’s a wide range of wines by the glass and a menu of small plates of delicious, rustic food.
Il Goccetto, Via dei Banchi Vecchi 14, 00186 Rome, +39 06 686 4268
Mimì e Cocò
Mimì e Cocò is a charmingly intimate restaurant and wine bar housed in part of a 16-century bishop’s palace and set on a cobbled street in the heart of Rome. The location is wonderfully peaceful; this is a place where you can escape the crowds of the city centre. The very welcoming owners offer an impressive wine list and a simple, café-style menu with a focus on local products.
Mimì e Cocò, Via del Governo Vecchio 72, 00186 Rome, +39 06 6821 0845