At Enoteca Provincia Romana in central Rome, the roasted pork is from Ariccia, the crusty bread comes from Lariano, and every drop of wine is produced locally. This wine bar/food shop/restaurant showcases the bounty of Rome and its environs and is the product of collaboration between the local government (the Provincia di Roma) and a private company that has been contracted to operate food and wine service. The result is a rather successful one, though, considering how great the food, atmosphere and location (right next to Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia) are, I’m surprised the place isn’t packed from morning til night.
Enoteca Provincia Romana opens at 11am and visitors can stop by to purchase local food products, which are displayed near the entrance. From around 1-3:30pm, visitors can enjoy a lunch ranging from a sandwich or salad to a more substantial multi-course meal. The place closes for a brief time in the late afternoon and from 5:30-7:30pm, there is a casual aperitivo in which olive, crispy flatbread, and local wines and beers are served. Dinner is served from around 8-11pm.
The menu at lunch and dinner lists the names of the dishes, their ingredients and provenance. On a recent visit, I had porchetta di Ariccia on a bed of arugula and a spinach salad with fresh cheese and shredded cured pork. The chalkboard near the bar displays the wines available by the glass and there is a growing selection of beers from Birrificio Ostiense Artigianale, Atlas Coeltis, and Turbacci.
The Enoteca hosts events promoting local food and wine. A few weeks back there was a porchetta night and next week on December 21 at 6pm, there will be a sparkling wine and Christmas dessert pairing. You can stay up to date on these events on the venue’s website. Oh and speaking of the internets, the Enoteca has free WiFi for users registered with the Provincia di Roma).
Enoteca Provincia Romana
Largo Foro Traiano 82/84
Mon-Sat 11am-3:30pm & 5:30-11pm