This is a summary of the upcoming TA Rome forum "wine bar" meet. We now have 6-8 participants but can accommodate more if there is interest. If you will be visiting Rome the 27th of October and would like to attend, please indicate your interest in this thread (or PM me directly) so I can get an accurate headcount for the meet. The particulars are:
When: 27 October (Saturday), 7:30 PM to ?
Where (primary): lI Goccetto, Via dei Banchi Vecchi 14, tel. 066864268. 12.00-15.00, 18.00-02.00.
We have also identified alternate bars in the event the primary has insifficient space for our group; both of these are within a few blocks of Il Goccetto:
La Fiaschetta, Via dei Cappellari 64, tel. 3386421218. 12.00-15.00, 18.00-02.00.
L’Angolo Divino, Via dei Balestrai 12-14, tel. 066864413. 12.00-15.00, 17.00-02.00.
Bar Descriptions: (credits to wantedinrome.com and parlafood.com)
"(Just a few blocks away is) Il Goccetto, a lively, reasonably priced enoteca that is always packed with locals who just as often enjoy a glass perched on their scooters outside as they do at the bar. There is an excellent by-the-glass selection, the cheeses are fabulous, and Sergio, the owner, will even take the guesswork out of the pairing for you; if you order a formaggio misto, he will select cheeses that complement the wine you have chosen. Though many think it begins and ends with mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano, Italy has as diverse a selection of cheeses as France. Il Goccetto’s tomino with black truffle and goat cheese wrapped in vine leaves will open you up to the range of possibilities. In addition, there are also a number of delicious appetizer-sized dishes. The salmon roll-up with robiola cheese and fresh herbs is a perfect partner with a number of whites and a fabulous start to any meal."
Just a few blocks from Campo de’ Fiori, La Fiaschetta is an alternative to the sometimes rowdy (Drunken Ship) or obnoxious (Sloppy Sam’s) scene that typifies Campo, particularly on weekend nights. At La Fiaschetta, locals meet for a bottle of wine or beer over a cheese or salami plate and enjoy the relative calm that the pub/wine bar has to offer. The owner Giuliano is a diehard surfer (the surfshop on Corso Vittorio Emanuele is his other endeavor), so expect to see surfing videos playing on a loop in the bar’s 2 rooms.
The wine list features a selection of well-chosen bottles from all over Italy while the beer selection offers includes domestic microbrews and international options. There is a nightly happy hour that starts at 7.
L’Angolo Divino is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy Campo de’ Fiori and relax with a glass of wine. The owner is a certified sommelier and will gladly aid you in your selection. You’ll likely be grateful for the help as there are some 700 bottles to choose from. There is also a full kitchen offering pasta or meat in addition to smaller dishes. Some specialities include goose breast, steak with truffle oil and a delicious assortment of cheeses served with chestnut honey. Stunning tables showcasing various wine crate labels and soft candlelight add to the ambiance.
If there is strong interest in one of the two alternates, we can discuss that in this thread-the objective is to find a place that works for all the attendees. Having never been to Rome ourselves, all three will be new experiences for me and Mrs W!
Thanks to Nancycinti and winegal for helping with the list of wine bar "candidates".
Hope to see you there!