Settembrini

Address: Via Settembrini 25, Rome, 00197, Italy
Telephone: 06 323 2617

- Mid-range

4.6

Style meets substance in this all day café, wine bar and restaurant north of the Vatican.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need a break from farmhouse chairs, checked tablecloths and flasks of rough and ready house wine. When I’m in this oddly unRoman mood, I’ll head for somewhere like Settembrini. The décor is stylish, the food both tasty and inventive, and as someone who can modestly (or immodestly) claim to know quite a bit about Italian wine, this is one of the few places in town where I’m always sure to make new discoveries.

Food and drink
4.8
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Food and drink
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Ambience
4.8
90%
Location
4.4
90%

Food and drink

The formula depends a lot on the time of day. Lunch, popular with local office workers and broadcasters from the neaby RAI (Italian state TV and radio) headquarters, is lighter and more buffet-based. From 6pm the wine bar kicks into action – and you can accompany your glass with a plate of gourmet nibbles like mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes (10 euros). After 8pm, chef Gigi Nastri pulls out all the stops, doing excellent creative pan-Italian dishes like potato gnocchi with baby octopus and roast red peppers, or suckling pig with vegetable sushi and tomato chutney. Wine is a real forte, with some dynamic small producers on the list.

Ambience

It’s designy but natural, with lots of wood and a huge black and white photo of a gnarled olive tree dominating one wall. There are outside tables too in the street, though traffic noise can be an issue here.

Service

It’s very one-to-one in here – and the staff are great at talking you through both the menu and the wine list.

Location

Off Piazza Mazzini in the northern reaches of Prati, the well-heeled residential and commercial area to the north of St Peter’s.

Price advice

Count on spending around 20 euros a head at lunch with a glass of wine, and at least 50 euros a head at dinner with a shared bottle.

Recommended for

  • Foodies
  • Relaxation
  • Romance

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