There are a lot of places I have liked recently in Rome.
Mercato Centrale? Intriguing but not somewhere I really want to hang out.
Mazzo? Pretty good, but far.
But it has been a very long time since a new Rome restaurant really impressed me.
La Punta is better than good. The new Mexican restaurant and bar in Trastevere gave me serious pause – it is fantastic.
I basically swore off Mexican food in Rome when I moved here (because of this). But when we sat down at La Punta, and had the menu laid out in front of us at the bar, I raised my eyebrow.
This looks like the real deal.
Then, my margarita was perfect.
When they brought us guacamole and hot salsa it was actual non-frozen guac! And actually hot salsa!
The best part? The staff.
From bartenders to host, they are all incredibly welcoming and genuinely happy about showing off this beautiful concept they have managed to keep authentic and fun at the same time.
And I’m not just saying that because we got a free mezcal shot when finishing up.
Other bars have tried the mezcal theme, but La Punta is the only one that nails it.
Overall, La Punta is thoughtful – the concept starting bouncing around in 2014, and the Trastevere bar is now built on the staff’s multiple longterm stints in Mexico.
La Punta is a place I want to spend a lot more time, very soon.
Agaveria La Punta
Via Santa Cecilia 8
Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
For reservations (which I assume you will be needing soon): +3906 5816665 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday – Sunday 6:30 pm to 2 am.