Cruscioff's is an oddity: styled after Irish pubs, decorated with historic German prints, named after a Soviet ruler, it serves delicious regional italian specialities and beers from all across Europe (including seasonal, small batch and organic). My friends and I love it.
A small dining room, secluded from the main bar area, is the best spot for a happy night out with friends or a cosy dinner, particularly if you're not football- or karaoke- mad.
Try the bruschetta with Lardo di Colonnata: it is rich, creamy and meltingly delicious.
Lots of old standards you'll find in casual restaurants, like fritto misto,olive ascolane, etc., but here they are well-prepared and particularly tasty. Good, properly aged steaks.
The laid-back, wonderfully friendly staff make you feel at home. It's a family-operated place and they seem to care a great deal about their business and their customers.
Sant'Oreste is certainly worth a day trip from Rome (50 km North-West of Rome, along Via Tiberina - or take the A1 motorway for ease). The landscape of the Sabina and the Tiber Valley varies from rolling hills covered in olive groves, to nature reserves -populated with wild boar, porcupines and pheasant- to tiny medieval villages perched on Appennine mountainsides.
If culture, nature and historic architecture aren't enough of a draw, there's the Soratte Outlet Mall at the foot of the mountain.
Then off to Cruscioff's for a good dinner. Although the views from the outdoor tables in summer are beautiful and sweeping, there is something to be said for the cosiness and warmth of the place in winter.
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