I often walk to the centro storico, and since I live in Testaccio, this is a bit of a stroll.
Certainly nothing outrageous, but it’s more than a quick jaunt around the corner.
What starts out as a great idea for some exercise, turns to self doubt as I round Teatro Marcello and find myself in the crowds of the ghetto, Largo Argentina, Pantheon and finally Via del Corso.
As soon as I hit del Corso, I cannot imagine that I ever thought that I needed/wanted anything badly enough to deal with the crush of humanity that makes up Rome’s concentrated shopping area.
I want to get in and out and then spend an hour recouping somewhere quiet.
Which is where Enoteca comes in.
This is one of Jimmy’s favorite places. I think the food is passable. But when I need a break from the grind of the centro, or likely because I am way too early to meet someone and I need to kill some time, Enoteca is perfect place to pop in for a beer.
For me, the center is a series of perilous pit falls of restaurants. Located a one minute walk from the Spanish Steps, Enoteca is at the dead center of the hazard zone.
The decor is a tad affected, but the wait staff are young and friendly (and cute). It’s cool and dark in the summer, and cozy and warm in the winter. The perfect place for a drink, where you won’t be hurried or overcharged.
Your bill will come with huge English writing declaring that Service Is Not Included. And yes, I have complained about this… but it’s still a favorite place in a pinch. And if you are Jimmy, it’s a favorite. Period.
Via della Croce 76B
12pm- 12 am daily
+39 06 679 0896