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.
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.
It’s very one-to-one in here – and the staff are great at talking you through both the menu and the wine list.
Off Piazza Mazzini in the northern reaches of Prati, the well-heeled residential and commercial area to the north of St Peter’s.
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.