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Gli Sfizi di Casa Bleve, involtini, mozzarella, and steak tartare.

Casa Bleve is among the most finest places in Rome to drink wine, their elegant dining room a perfect pair with their spectacular cellar. But it is the down-to-earth atmosphere in spite of it all that makes me love this place.

The Bleve family has been in the wine business for decades. Their first shop was La Bottega del Vino in the Ghetto (more on that later) and they opened Casa Bleve on Via del Teatro Valle near the Pantheon a decade ago.

Since then, Casa Bleve has undergone several changes and renovations, the most recent of which was the abandonment of their legendary lunch buffet in favor of an a la carte menu. Indeed, this is the same menu that they began offering at dinner a couple of years ago.

The a la carte lunch and dinner menus feature some of the same items you remember from their cold lunch buffet, like their famous involtini—thin slices of meat, fish, vegetables, or fruit stuffed with various fillings. But there are hot dishes, as well, including a few pastas and a handful of second courses. I have posted a sample menu below.

Now back to La Bottega del Vino. This place was closed for a while and reopened a few years back. Since then, it has functioned as a typical enoteca, selling bottles of wine to take away and serving wine and food at tables in the shop among the displayed bottles.

Works are currently underway to transform La Bottega del Vino. The plan is to turn it into a more sales oriented destination with a focus on cheeses and salumi. There will no longer be table service, but patrons will be able to eat their purchases at a handful of tables in the shop. La Bottega del Vino is scheduled to reopen in its new incarnation in October.

In the meantime, I’ll get by on Casa Bleve’s a la carte menu. Here is a sample:

Gli Sfizi di Casa Bleve
Involtini (Roasted pepper stuffed with tuna, capers, and anchovies, Salmon stuffed with fresh goat cheese, Squash blossom stuffed with ricotta and pistachios, Turkey breast stuffed with truffeled ricotta, Pineapple stuffed with ricotta and cinnamon); Steak tartare; Buffalo mozzarella with Cantabrian anchovies.

Fin de Claire Oysters
€3 each or €25 a plate

Fish carpaccio

Fish tartare

Cod carpaccio with cherry tomatoes, taggiasche olives, and capers from Pantelleria

Smoked and marinated fish plate: Norwegian salmon, tuna bresaola, swordfish, anchovies

Salumi: Culatello cotto alla brace, Culatello di Zibello, Prosciuto Friulano di Sauris, Salumi misti, Cecina de Leon, Prosciutto Iberico
€18-30 a plate

Mozzarella di Bufala with baked cherry tomatoes and taggiasche olives
€20 small plate, €30 large plate

Formaggi Misti: Caprini Az. Ag. Boscasso, Bagoss, Provolone di bufala, Caciocavallo Podolico, Gorgonzola Classico Extra, Pecorino di Fossa, Ragusano Modicano
€20 plate, €30 big plate, €50 large tasting

Fresh squid ink fettucine with red shrimp and basil

Paccheri di Gragnano with seafood, arugula pesto, and toasted pine nuts

Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, basil, and Vacche Rosse parmesan

2016-01-07T03:38:13+00:00 August 31st, 2010|Categories: Food & Wine, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|8 Comments


  1. Tom August 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I can’t say enough about Casa Bleve…which is evident from many of my postings over on Chowhound. It is sad that they have discontinued the lunch buffet, but the menu posted above looks great. I’ve mentioned this before, but we went on December 24, 2009, for lunch since we were lining up at 7pm for midnight mass at St. Peter’s that night and would not be able to have dinner. We had one of the best meals of the trip: the food, the ambiance and the staff were all first class. My partner, 2 nieces and I still talk about this experience…and it’s 7 months later!

  2. Mamma Parla August 31, 2010 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Still one of my favorite places in Rome for all the reasons mentioned. Celebrated my Dad’s 80th there and it was nothing less than perfect! No trip to Rome is ever complete without a visit to Casa Bleve – they understand the importance of the complete wine/food/ambience/service experience!

  3. Sarah May August 31, 2010 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I am sad to read about La Bottega del Vino. They have always been super generous and more than helpful when we bring clients there. I will sad to see to table service go, there is a lovely young woman there with a long braid who is very knowledgeable, friendly, and a breath of fresh air after a long day trekking around Rome.

  4. Katie September 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    @Tom I know you loved the buffet, its departure is a tragic loss.

    @Mamma Parla that was a fun bday and they are always so good to us there.

    @Sarah May bummer isnt it? i quite liked leading tastings there.

  5. Crystal September 2, 2010 at 2:17 am - Reply

    When we were in Rome in March we searched all over for Casa Bleve and for some reason just kept missing it. We probably walked right by it multiple times too! When we finally did find it several days in, it was closed. Every other time we went by, closed (because we got there 20 min after lunch–that sort of thing). It became sort of a joke between us; that restaurant we could never find.

    So we missed the incredible buffet! We’re heading back this fall and will try for dinner at least!

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