Enoteca Corsi

Address: Via del Gesù 87-88, Rome, 00186, Italy
Telephone: 06 679 0821

- Mid-range

4.5

At lunchtime, this traditional wine shop turns into a buzzing, good-value trattoria.

This centro storico institution dates back to the 1940s. Originally it was a hole in the wall place selling draught Tuscan wine to locals, but over the years it’s expanded to become a fully-fledged enoteca (wine bar and shop) which, at lunchtime between Monday and Saturday, morphs into a good-value Roman trattoria.

Food and drink
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
4.7
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Ambience
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Location
4.6
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Food and drink

Check the blackboard at the entrance for the day’s bill of fare, which generally revolves around Roman classics like pasta e fagioli (a thick soup of pasta and borlotti beans) or coda alla vaccinara (braised oxtail). Don’t miss the torta di ricotta (ricotta pie) dessert. The house wine is perfectly acceptable, but if that doesn’t hit the spot you can browse the shelves for a more serious vintage.

Ambience

Tables are laid out among the bottle-lined shelves in a warren of rooms; the atmosphere is welcoming and convivial. The clientele consists of local office workers, journalists, lawyers and priests (the main Jesuit church in Rome is just at the end of the road), plus a few well-informed tourists.

Service

Brisk but charming – and, unusually for such a no-frills place, a couple of the waitresses speak pretty good English.

Location

Via del Gesù is very central – halfway between the Pantheon and Via del Corso if you take the southern route along Via del Pie’ di Marmo.

Price advice

Count on spending between 20-24 euros a head for two courses, water, a glass of wine and coffee.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation

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