Apparently no one is going to Santo, yet.
For the first 30 minutes of our visit, we were the only people in the recently opened cocktail bar and bistrot.
Set back off the busiest piazza in Trastevere, you must wind along Via della Paglia before you finally arrive at the new glass doors that lead into the bar.
The space is flawless, which is distracting. The have the right mix of tiles against concrete, the right modern light fixtures, and the right decor.
It all feels a little too right, if you ask me.
The drinks are fantastic.
Mine was a JJ E J: London dry gin with ginger, orange juice, and pineapple, topped with a splash of port.
Not staying for dinner, we were offered a small bite of tuna and ginger that was a take on the Ferraro Rocher.
The menu leans this way – modern and cylindrical with a heavy dose of burgers for balance.
It was the decor I couldn’t get over. Along with Madre in Monti, it signals a new trend in Rome.
Subway tiles are last year. Hanging plants, ceramic and cement have arrived.
I can already tell it will be a cool kid destination any day now. It is a place that deserves to have a buzz about it, so having come so early into its opening, we beat the crowds that Santo needs to really come into its own.
We will be back for the drinks, which ring in at the now Rome standard of €10.
Via della Paglia, 40
Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
+39 06 5837 7020