Shopping in Rome: the oldest and most renowned historical wine bars in the capital
Are you curious and passionate travelers, eager to discover Rome through its food and wine, experiencing local culture through typical products, regional recipes, flavors and ancient traditions that offers its territory and beyond? When you organized your overnight trips, how important was the possible presence of a food and wine offer among the various reasons for choosing the destination, through which to collect relevant and special experiences?
Then let yourself be attracted during your visit by the atmosphere that you can breathe as customers of some of the most famous and appreciated historical wine bars of the capital, tasting the wines and food that this beautiful city is able to offer to all visitors and knowing the current most interesting food and wine trends.
Trimani The Wine Bar - Via Cernaia, 37 / b
Trimani is by far the oldest wine shop in Rome, opened in 1876. In 1991, the wine sales business was joined by that intended for tasting and culinary proposals, becoming the first wine bar in Italy.
The restaurant is characterized by a particularly important wine list, with various references all of a high standard, dictated not by fashion but by the taste of research and discovery both nationally and internationally. The wines are accompanied by an offer of good and selected flavors at a correct price, which starts for example from the croutons with lard and arugula and fish appetizers, or from the omelette with artichokes, to get to the large carpaccio and selections of cold cuts on the cutting board or half sleeves with Roman broccoli and mozzarella. Everything is served by trained and qualified personnel, on American placemats, in a cozy, welcoming and bright environment.
Enoteca Cavour 313 - Via Cavour 313 – Monti
Located in the heart of the Monti district, between the Imperial Forums and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, this historic wine shop has been offering, for more than 80 years, only the best of wine production, with over 1,000 national and international labels that professionals of the world of wine will make you discover with great passion and competence. They will advise you on the bottles to buy or to taste by the glass or at the table, accompanied by delicious appetizers and tasty dishes, such as meatballs in white wine, spinach and pear salad with ricotta dip with herbs, Saulis culatello rolls with honey sauce and tarragon, braised in Barolo or pork fillet in a pistachio and leek crust, ravioli with vaccinara tail sauce, cannelloni with ricotta, chicory and anchovy. Also take advantage of the special initiative that the shop organizes every day, thanks to which you can choose between two proposals for the aperitif, both focused on the food and wine excellence of Lazio products. You will find it all halfway between Piazza Venezia and Termini.
Del Frate - Via degli Scipioni, 118/122
This historic Roman wine shop, opened in 1922 and located in the heart of the Prati district, close to the Vatican Museums and Via Cola di Rienzo, with its own Wine Bar open in the year 2000, focuses on a selection of wines from over 3,000 national and foreign labels, on careful and professional attention to detail and the skills of the expert staff, able to recommend the best bottles for every day and for all occasions, combining them with typical or refined dishes, in a family-run accommodation.
The shop that initially sported the classic sign of the past "Wines and Oils" is now able to bring Italian cuisine to the table, refined and elegant, made of simple but always top quality ingredients, allowing you to stop at the counter and enjoy a glass of excellent wine or to sit with a group of friends at the restaurant tables in a relaxing, warm and particularly welcoming environment. The location, also recommended to celebrate an important occasion, is characterized by the many shelves full of bottles of white and red wines, vintage wines, sparkling wines and champagne, grappa and spirits.
Noteworthy is the selection of meat and fish tartare, which have always characterized the menu of the Wine Bar, salami and cheeses, Italian and foreign almost impossible to find and other products that are difficult to find that will delight you together with dishes of Roman gastronomic tradition such as Cacio e Pepe, Gricia, Amatriciana, Carbonara, gnocchi stuffed with chicory, ravioli with porcini mushrooms, rolls of cod mousse, and other more original courses.
Divine Spirit - Via dei genovesi 31 a / b
The wine shop is a historic place located in the less crowded part of Trastevere in the historic center of Rome, particularly known to the Romans both for the vast offer of wines that the cellar houses (with about 5,000 / 7,000 bottles of labels from Italy, France, Spain, Chile, South Africa, Australia and more), both for the excellent cuisine that the customer will appreciate in the characteristic setting built even in the year 80 BC and in which some Roman finds were found during the renovation works.
Cul de Sac - Piazza di Pasquino 73
The restaurant is characteristic for its vintage marble counter and for the long and spacious tables like those of the taverns of the past, it is located in the historic square which houses one of the two "talking" statues of Rome, in the immediate vicinity of Piazza Navona and Piazza di Campo de 'Fiori. Already home to a traditional "Wines and Oils" in the early years of the last century, it was one of the very first Wine Bars in the capital and is a historic location that you cannot miss during your stay in the heart of Rome, offering you a wide range of selected wines of about 1,500 Italian and international labels, to accompany a delicious and particular cuisine in its simplicity, which ranges from appetizers and pâtés, from the first and second courses of the Roman tradition, to the many desserts to be enjoyed together with great sweet wines quality.
It should be noted, for the beginners of wine tastings, the fact that the extensive wine list, divided into the regions of origin, also provides some detailed information on the characteristics of the main wines (production area, grapes, organoleptic characteristics) that will help in the choice of excellences to taste in this cozy, small but very characteristic historic wine shop.
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