Dining in Rome, Italy (I)
Dining in Rome, Italy: Angolo DiVino – Hours will go by in a flash as you drink wine in this enoteca
In Italian, "Angolo diVino" is a play on words: it can mean "Corner of Wine" or "Divine Corner".
This tiny enoteca (wine bar and wine shop) between Piazza Farnese & Campo dé Fiori will make you feel like you've left the bustling metropolis of Rome, and have entered into a sleepy village. Opened in 1946, the same family still owns it. Good wine runs in their blood.
Angolo diVino is lined with wooden shelves that are stacked with wine bottles from floor to ceiling. Fans circle overhead as clusters of people sit, chat, and drink the fabulous wine that Massimo, the owner, has sourced from all over the country.
Massimo, a third-generation sommelier, has an incredible wine selection and he does not stock a single wine that he himself has not tasted and liked. He won’t sell a wine because it has a famous name, label or producer. He only stocks quality.
Angolo diVino is not just an enoteca. While the restaurant menu is short, every item is superb: the Danish filet, the marinated salmon, and the chocolate torte (paired with a sweet red wine like recioto, of course).
I often go here for a glass of wine (or a bottle or two!) with friends before dinner and Massimo will usually bring out a small plate of cheeses. He will help you choose a wine and I have never had a wine here that I didn't enjoy.
You also can buy a bottle to go or get some shipped back home.
Nearby, you can shop at DaDaDa and David Mayer, or visit Palazzo Spada.
Dining in Rome, Italy: Armando al Pantheon – Traditional Roman food with great prices
It's hard to find good traditional Roman food right in the center by all the touristy sites. Armando hits the mark, though. They've been around since 1961, so they know what they're doing: tasty Roman dishes in a casual environment without breaking the bank.
Daily specials rotate, and I especially love the spaghettini alla cernia (thin spaghetti with a simple sea bass sauce) on Tuesdays (12€). On Wednesday they serve ossobuco with peas and mushrooms (18€). If you're tired of eating carbonara, they even have dishes like duck with plums (19€).
Waiters are courteous, which is rare in Rome.
Be sure to book if you want to eat here: they don't have that many tables.
This place is easy to find: stand right in front of the Pantheon, facing the Pantheon, and make a right down that alley. You should see Armando's sign right away.