5 places with an excellent wine list in Rome
Mostò strikes a friendly note with its large community table, and only a few small tables off to the sides, making it easy to meet fellow imbibers. The wine list puts an emphasis on natural wines, local vintages, as well as French. Food options include sandwiches, cured meats and cheeses, and warm snacks like meatballs and eggplant rolls.
2) Vinum Est
A spacious enoteca/speciality food store off the Alberone street market, offering myriad bottles of wines and spirits, all strictly organised by their Italian region of provenance. The counter is well stocked with meats, cheeses, and other delicacies that the passionate owner will gladly tell you about as you sample his goods.
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By day, Bancovino is a gourmet food market. By night, it’s a winery. Located in the upscale Prati neighbourhood, it takes its name from the steel community counter that runs through the middle of the shop, providing both seating and prep space for all the food.
4) La Mescita Monteverde
Same place as the defunct Litro, similar concept, but different people behind this new bistro in the residential Monteverde neighbourhood, specialising in natural wines, i.e. made without adding or removing anything during winemaking, paired with cold dishes. Vintages are changed weekly.
A natural wine oasis in Rome’s hip Monti neighbourhood, just minutes from the Colosseum. Owner and sommelier Maurizio Di Franco (Italian American) calls on his vast network of producers to host vineyard-to-table tastings of some of the most interesting wines in Italy. You’ll be blown away by their medieval wine cellar. They also organise walking food and drink tours around the city.
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