Cul de Sac

Price guide: Mid-range

Piazza Pasquino 73, Roma, 00186

Price guide: Mid-range

Cul de Sac

By Lee Marshall, your Rome expert

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#20 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Rome
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Relaxation

Expert review of Cul de Sac

Just off Piazza Navona, Rome’s first serious wine bar is still one of its best.

My favourite thing about the Cul de Sac is the wine list. It’s a huge tome, and I usually get so absorbed reading it that I forget I’m actually supposed to order something. But that’s not the only point that this laid back centro storico wine bar (one of the first to open in Rome, in the 1970s) has in its favour. There are the outside tables in lively Piazza di Pasquino; the light and healthy food; the way it manages to combine its focus on wine with a laid-back ambience.

Food and drink: 

Wine is the main act: the by-the-bottle list numbers more than 1500 different wines and vintages, and there are always 10 or more reds, whites and bubblies available by the glass. Though it takes a supporting role, the food on offer is well prepared and also varied, ranging from Roman classics like involtini al sugo (bacon and beef rolls in tomato sauce) to pan-Italian and international dishes (onion soup, various quiches, Greek salad), to cheese and salami platters.

Ambience: 

Inside, it’s more pine-clad birreria than elegant wine bar – but the atmosphere is cultured and convivial. Outside, it's sheer Roman romance – if you’re lucky enough to nab one of the tables.

Service: 

Service is serious, though not all the waiters are reliable for wine recommendations.

Location: 

Piazza di Pasquino is just a few paces from the southern end of Piazza Navona.

Price advice: 

A light lunch or dinner here will cost from 12 euros to around 25 euros depending on how much you order. The mark-up on wine here is very reasonable: there are plenty of excellent bottles in the 14-20 euros range.

More information on Cul de Sac:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Wine bar
Food:
Italian, Snacks
Address:
Piazza Pasquino 73, Roma, 00186
Telephone:
06 6880 1094
Website:
http://www.enotecaculdesac.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily noon-4pm, 6pm-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco, Quick bites, Wine

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