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Terre e Domus / Enoteca Provincia Romana Reopens in Central Rome

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When Enoteca Provincia Romana opened four years ago just off Piazza Venezia, local guides rejoiced. Finally, there was a place near the Roman Forum where one could go for a decent meal, plus it offered a view of Trajan’s Column and the Altare della Patria to boot. The food was good, but not flawless, and the place rarely respected its published opening hours. In that way, it was like a lot of dining venues in Rome. But what made it unique was its strict use of local products. Since Enoteca Provincia Romana was sponsored by the Provincia di Roma (county of Rome), the private company that ran the kitchen was obliged to use hyper-local goods. Even the bottled water was sourced from a nearby spring.

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Then, earlier this year, Enoteca Provincia Romana suddenly closed. Its floor-to-ceiling windows revealed a sparsely furnished, inactive interior. It was a sad six months for Roman locavores. But EPR is back in business and its manager is chef Marco Pasquali of the spectacularly delicious Osteria Iotto in Campagnano di Roma. Arianna Salvi, the former sous chef at Iotto is running the kitchen.

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Service starts daily at 7:30am when pastries and coffee are served. Starters, pastas, mains and vegetable side dishes are served non-stop from around noon until 10:00pm or so, offering a rare opportunity to eat outside the standard Roman dining hours. In this new incarnation of Enoteca Provincia Romana, the ingredients are still all local and produce comes from a farm at Rebibbia prison in Rome. The menu is shorter than it used to be (a few starters, 4-5 pastas and mains, 3 sides) and focuses on traditional dishes (like amatriciana, gricia, and cod with pine nuts and raisins) and seasonal, vegetable-driven dishes (like paccheri with broccolletti and calamarata with pumpkin).

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The place is too young for a proper review–it opened in early November–but the menu and management are promising. Taste for yourself and report back!

Enoteca Provincia Romana
Foro Traiano 82
Tel: +39 06 6994 0273
Open: Mon-Sat 7:30am-11:00pm

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7 Comments

  1. Robert November 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Does anybody know why it actually closed?

  2. Sue November 26, 2014 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Can’t wait to try it when I get there

  3. Maria January 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    I’m visiting Rome next week and love the sound of this, has anybody been since the revamp? Do you recommend for dinner?

    • Katie January 29, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

      I have eaten there twice at lunch, both times the food was nice and the service a bit wonky, but there are very young kids working there, as part of a young working initiative, so they were just learning the ropes.

  4. Dylan February 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Just came back from dinner, which was great. Service is indeed a little slow but the pasta was delicious. Also really enjoyed a secondo of braised lamb spine with artichokes in a lemon sauce. Desserts and wine were nothing special, but fine. House seemed fairly full so I guess it is still popular! Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Ruth Miller October 23, 2016 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Can I make a reservation for 6 people on Monday night at 7:30?

    • Jessica October 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Ruth! Best to call directly and they’ll take your reservation.

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