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Cantina Lucifero, Rome


A few weeks back I was walking down Via del Pellegrino and I noticed a small storefront with a simple interior filled with wooden tables and wine displayed on the walls. The place was strangely reminiscent of Lucifero on Via dei Cappelari, a favorite place of mine for a steak or fondue. I went inside to grab a business card and guarda caso, the place was called Cantina Lucifero. It is the newish venture of Lucifero’s owners, more of a wine bar than a proper restaurant with lots of cheeses and salumi for starters, a few daily pasta specials, and an assortment of cold meat second courses.

I returned to Cantina Lucifero for dinner last weekend. We started with tomino al forno covered with strips of prosciutto. There is nothing like creamy melted cheese covered with pork to get your body ready for more melted cheese. Next was fondue with white truffles from Alba. We dipped bread cubes and roasted potatoes into the thick bubbling cheese mixture. Although we were warned that we were ordering too much food, we were defiant and asked for steak tartare. The meat was the same high quality stuff you find at Lucifero, lucious, melt-in-your-mouth raw steak. It was the fitting end to a decadent meal.

2016-01-07T14:37:30+00:00 December 5th, 2009|Categories: Meat, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|7 Comments


  1. shayma December 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    is lucifero an old establishment? pity i never tried it.

  2. Ellen December 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    i am pretty sure that i just walked by this place the other day and wondered what it was! is it just down the street from the turkish restaurant and the little glass/ceramic shop? i might need to give it a try!

  3. petulia December 5, 2009 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    You’ll just have to come back to Rome soon!!

  4. Tom December 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Yet another place to add to my list! The tartare looks amazing and the tomino al forno you describe sounds wonderful. Thanks once again Katie!

    • Katie December 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      @shayma @petulia agreed! you need to set aside a month or two just to eat with us in rome.

      @Tom the tomino was ridiculous. We almost didn’t get it. That would have been a major tragedy.

      @Ellen yes that is the place. enjoy it!

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