Yesterday, a friend asked me for some suggestions of places to drink wine in Rome. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Casa Bleve Via del Teatro Valle 49 (Pantheon). They have a fabulous lunch buffet for around 25 euros and now they serve dinner, too: cheeses, salumi, smoked fish and a few hot dishes. Their treccia di bufala (braided buffalo mozzarella) is ridiculous. Ask to see their cellar which is built around a wall from the Baths of Agrippa (c 19 BCE). UPDATE: Casa Bleve now serves lunch and dinner a la carte. More here.

Al Vino Al Vino Via dei Serpenti 16 (Monti). This is my local joint. I love their Quintarelli Primofiore with formaggi misti and caponata (sweet and sour eggplant made by owner Giacomo’s mamma). Great place to go to see how many lunatic drunks live in my neighborhood. Giacomo’s mom sends him to work with food she makes (eggplant parm is damn good) and he usually also has some torte rustiche on hand.

Il Goccetto Via dei Banchi Vecchi 14 (Centro Storico). Maybe my favorite place to drink wine in Rome. Great wines by the glass list, good atmosphere, delicious cheese selection. What more could you ask for?