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Trendy, legendary, and with a 1960s allure: here are the best wine bars and wine shops in the Capital, where you can drink (and often eat) very well.
The options are endless: Gaja Barbaresco or Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino? J. J. Prum Riesling or Pietracupa Fiano di Avellino? Franz Haas Moscato Rosa or Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria? And once more, do you prefer Franciacorta or Champagne?
In Rome, you can find all the answers to your oenological doubts (and therefore existential); wine bars in Rome offer an increasingly high quality, and many places promote a genuine wine culture.
Here are our choices for the best wine bars in Rome where you can buy the perfect bottle to give as a gift or for an important lunch with friends. And where, above all, you can sit at the bar counter for a drink or enjoy a dinner where food is just a co-star to wine and not vice versa.
Opened in the 1960s, this elegant wine bar near Piazza Navona and the Pantheon was one of the first to promote wine culture in Rome. The cellar holds many fine bottles, with special attention to the regions of Langhe and Tuscany, along with France (Champagne especially), and a great range of vintages. The cuisine is refined – try the burrata and shrimp ravioli – and before the final bill you can order a grappa shot, a single malt or Rhum agricole.
You can recognize Il Goccetto by the “vino e olio” sign hanging outside. This historic wine shop in the Regola district brings wine lovers in Rome together – whether producers, journalists, or simple enthusiasts. They flock to the lounge and (especially) the steps and the pavement out front. Daily recommendations are up the blackboard, and a selection of bottles from Piedmont to Sicily (and some interesting French wines) are displayed on the wooden shelves. Accompany your glass of wine with some delicious appetizers (like the cheese, salmon, or artichokes). However, if you are really hungry, the two Michelin star restaurant of Anthony Genovese, Il Pagliaccio, is just opposite it.
Literally behind Piazza Navona, opposite the famous “talking” statue of Pasquino. Just go inside to understand the name; it’s a long, narrow corridor, crammed with tables, where it is almost impossible to move around (fortunately, there is also an outdoor area on the square in the summer). All around and up above, hundreds of bottles from leading Italian regions decorate the walls, but are fortunately available by the glass, too. On the menu: cheese and cold cut platters, seasonal soups and delicious house pâté.
Offering an excellent wine list dedicated to both Italian and French labels – with Italy being represented by the regions of Langhe and Tuscany, and France by the regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. This famous deli with a kitchen near Campo de’ Fiori is also (among other things) a fully stocked wine bar where you can be certain to find the right bottle for yourself or as a gift and where to stop at the bar for an aperitif with Champagne and mortadella (or any other delicacy you wish). Also notable is the selection of fine spirits.
In the San Lorenzo University district, it is easier to find locales for students; as one might expect, it’s mostly beers and shots and less refined establishments. But the small wine bar, Il Sorì, is an exception to the rule. Its name, which refers to the most coveted Piedmont vineyards, reveals its passion for Barolo and Barbaresco. You can also find Taurasi from Campania, Mosella Riesling, Priorat reds and Blanc de Blancs Champagne. A bit hungry? Their cold gourmet dishes are quite sophisticated – from meat and fish carpaccio, to French cheeses, to foie gras and Cantabrian anchovies.
In the heart of Rione Monti, just a few steps from the Palazzo delle Esposizioni on Via Nazionale, there is a cozy wine bar where guests may sit alongside many wine tasters and enthusiasts in the Capital. If you love French bubbles you will be happy; here, you will find a complete selection of major wine makers and small Champagne vignerons. There are also great reds, from Piedmont to Sicily, and fine whites and sweet wines. On the menu: cod meatballs, fettuccine with lamb and roast shank.
Loved and frequented by wine enthusiasts of the Trieste-Salario district, this is a wine bar with service from friendly, skilled staff. You can find a selection of fine bottles at affordable prices – also by the glass – from major Italian wine regions. It offers a healthy menu every day, with cheese and cold cut platters, traditional Roman first courses and an unmissable Aubergine Parmigiana.
From Friuli down to Tuscany, Campania and Sardinia: all Italian regions are well represented in this this Prati district wine bar – one of the oldest in the Capital. More than three thousand labels are for sale or to drink at the tables. There is also a high-quality selection of spirits, liquors, craft beers as well as homemade pasta and extra virgin olive oil.
Not far from Termini railway station, you can stumble across what is probably Rome’s oldest wine shop: Trimani. They’ve got every kind of bottle in stock, like regional wines from Lazio, Piedmont and Marche, and Franciacorta, TrentoDoc, Champagne, Pantelleria Passito, Sherry, craft beers and grappa. Many rare vintages and limited editions are available as well as several gastronomic specialties from all over Italy. Within walking distance (at Via Cernaia, 37B), there is a wine bar with seasonal dishes and, of course, many fine wines from the vast wine list.