Caffè, ristorante e winebar, Etablì è un mix di tutto questo.
L’eclettico Etlablì è aperto tutto il giorno, ed è ormai un must nella capitale, lo sanno bene i proprietari, i fratelli Aureli, da anni protagonisti delle notti romane.
Gestito da due dei quattro fratelli, Massimo e Alessandro hanno creato un locale all’interno di un edificio del ‘600 con soffitti a volte, portali antichi in pietra e tufo, caratterizzato da mobili e arredi dei primi del ‘900 e da oggetti d’epoca in gran parte provenienti dal sud della Francia, tra cui spiccano i lampadari antichi in ferro battuto, i mobili in legno tutti “decapati” e di vari colori pastello, divani in pelle ed un caminetto nel lounge bar, oltre agli antichi tavoli da lavoro provenzali….gli établi, da cui il locale prende il nome, e che contribuiscono a dare al locale un’aria vintage ed estremamente chic.
Questa è la suggestiva cornice dell’Etablì ristorante e winebar, ubicato nel cuore del centro storico di Roma.

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Discovering Rome: the Rione Monti district

Posted: Tuesday 15 December 2009 by Giorgio

The Rione Monti district has always been a world apart from the other areas of Rome; even its dialect was slightly different from the one spoken in the city. In order to make room for the famous Via dei Fori, the Rione Monti district, which is rather small if compared to other areas of the eternal city, was dramatically altered during the fascist period. But despite this rather dramatic change, the district tucked between via Nazionale and via Cavour, has kept intact all its enchanting beauty and this is thanks to its lovely narrow side-streets and superb examples of architecture which never fail to take your breath away. One of the District’s chief attractions remains the beautiful piazza Santa Maria dei Monti which features two imposing churches that deserve all your attention. Not too far away from it there’s the infamous Palazzo Borgia from which one can enjoy an amazing view of San Pietro in vincoli or Saint Peter in chains (a basilica best remembered for being home to Michelangelo’s famous statue Moses).

The area also has an abundance of lovely cafés such as Er Baretto, Bottega del Caffè, Bottega del Cioccolato and Delizie di Calabria and good restaurants in which one can enjoy a hearty meal. But if you should be in the mood for oriental food, don’t worry, the Rione Monte district also features sushi bars (Daruma) and Japanese restaurants galore; one of these called Doozo often hosts interesting exhibitions and art-related events.

Rione Monti: how to get there

Underground: Linea B - “Cavour” stop
bus: C3, 75, 84 e 117

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:42

Waking along the Tiber…


Lunch: yes
Kitchen: mediterranean
Kitchen opening: h 20.00
Kitchen closure: h 23.30
After Dinnes: yes
Cocktail and aperitif bar: yes
Credit cards: all major cards accepted
Air conditioning: yes
Open: everyday
Smoking facilities: no
Restroom for disabled: no
Pets:not allowed
Private dining rooms: no
Outside seating: yes
Sunday brunch: yes

The style of MET is characterized by the essential in the furnishing of the spaces involved. The lines are linear and clean, avoiding excessive decoration, so that the atmosphere is open and airy – that which is in surplus has been carefully and intentionally avoided. The white tones of the decor offer a background to few other colours that alternate in the various areas, reaching a maximum of three: white, black and the dark brown of the tables. Few elements, specialized materials, executive rigour, pure geometry and a sense of order reinforce the minimalist philosophy of the design. The result is a distinctive and international atmosphere.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:36

Where to drink a glass of wine

The Best Wine Bars in Rome

I’m here in Rome, camping out between bike trips. While looking up wine bars, I happened across an entry in Hungry Girl, where she runs into Mario Batali and he tells her “I only eat at wine bars in Rome. That’s where the best food is.” So I decided to put my list of bars up against Mario’s. The research has been exhausting! In checking them out, I found some new favorites, found that some of my old faves had gone downhill, and verified that the tried-and-true great wine bars of Rome are NOT resting on their laurels! For this “best of” list assume fabulous wine selections and good food … wine bars with sh**y selections didn’t make the list. Each address below is linked to the google map.

Cul de Sac – This has always been my favorite. Why? Walls lined with bottles, outdoor seating, always crowded, perfect location, great array of cheeses and meats, darn good food, too. Along a cute sidestreet close to the Piazza Navona. Piazza di Pasquino, 73

Il Simposio di Constantini – Classy place connected to a very good restaurant. I was sitting at the bar, enjoying a glass of Pinot Nero and the free hors d’oeuvres, and I met a group of ex-pat journalists, which led to two more glasses of wine, which led to …

… a party a couple of nights later, which led to more new friends, which led  … you just gotta love Rome. Close to Castello Angelo.  Piazza Cavour, 16

Enoteca Ferrara –  I can’t totally like this, as it’s the favorite of my ex-hubby, but with 24 wines by the glass and a cruvinet, there is always something interesting to try. Free antipasto served all night. The seating in the front room is kind of cramped in a weird layout and doesn’t lend to a good “da solo” experience, so bring a friend. In a student-y area of Trastevere. Via del Moro, 1/a

Trimani – Great food and atmosphere, and open for both lunch and dinner. Call for reservations, so you don’t get stuck sitting upstairs in Siberia which has next-to-no atmosphere (but good for large parties). Close to the train station. Via Cernaia 37B


313 Cavour One of the largest selections in Rome, and an extensive menu, too. Unlike some Roman wine bars (can you say “Trimani”?), the service is very friendly. But always call beforehand because they are often closed for no apparent reason. (No posted hours). On a traffic-heavy street close to the Coliseum. Via Cavour 313

Roscioli –Incredible cheese and salami case out in the front. Not a lot of food options, but the pasta is truly the best I have ever had in Rome. Great music, great service. Jewish Quarter. Via dei Giubbonari, 21

Il Goccetto – Old, old old school. Lots of Italian wine biz guys hang out here. Some of them look like they’ve been around since the days of Mussolini! The walls are lined with bottles, so go to it and find something great. Little rickety wood tables … place looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in 20 years. But good prices, and what a selection! Via dei Banchi Vecchi 14

Runners Up 

These ones didn’t make the list. If you are only in Rome for a couple of days, these won’t give you the full Roman wine bar experience, but if you are hanging out for awhile, there are still reasons to try these out. 

Enoteca Piccolo – small selection, but other than Cul de Sac and Il Simposio, the only other one with outdoor seating.

‘Gusto– Huge, modern interior. ‘Gusto is a pizzeria, restaurant, grocer AND wine bar. Nothing about this place feels Roman to me.

Casa Bleve – In a 15th Century building off of Piazza Navonna.  Very elegant, but very expensive.

Palatium – Specializing in the not-that-great-but-interesting wines of the area (Lazio). This is an excellent place for lunch as it serves very authentic Roman cuisine. Always hopping with locals. By the Spanish Steps.

Hint: At many places you can reserve a table! It’s such a drag to enter a fun, crowded bar and find out there are no available tables. But a little-known secret is that many of these places will take reservations. Numerous times we got dirty looks from people who had been waiting a long time but because we called ahead, we got seated right away.

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