Sunday, 27 November 2016

Winter Aperitivo

In summertime, aperitivo hour is all about terraces and rooftop bars whereas open fires & candlelight are needed during the cooler months. Here are some of our favourite winter venues.
Roscioli Cafe
The moody inner room of this hipster cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a well crafted cocktail or glass of champagne alongside Normandy oysters & charcuterie platters. A sophisticated take on aperitivo 

A crackling fire, slouchy sofas & shabby chic decor - what is not to like? Accompany your aperitif with a 'tagliere km 0' platter, a selection of salami & cheeses from the surrounding Lazio countryside.
Our visit last year coincided with the Zampognari being in town. These bagpipe playing shepherds wear the traditional costume of sheepskin vests, leather breeches & a woollen cloak. The tradition of bagpipes go back to ancient Roman times and the appearance of Zampognari in the city represents the legend that shepherds entertained the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem.
Whatever the story, the Zampognari who played for us at Etabli were generously rewarded with large glasses of wine, downed quicky before moving on.

Enoteca Spiriti
Overlooking an illuminated Hadrian's Temple, this contemporary wine bar has an inner room with a ceiling made from curved wooden slats salvaged from wine barrels. Stylish snacks, served by friendly staff, accompany your cocktail or wine of choice.

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Il Goccetto
Don't be confused by the name above the door which says Vino Olio because once inside this cosy enoteca, housed in a palazzo dating back to 1527, wine is the star of the show. There are many wines by the glass available as well as your choice of wines by the bottle that line the walls (the price on the bottle is marked up slightly if you drink in rather than take away) You can order small plates to accompany your wine . There is always a great atmosphere here. One of our favourites.

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Hotel Locarno Lounge Bar
Bring out your inner 'Gatsby' in this clubby bar, decorated in Art Nouveau style. An open fire makes a welcome refuge on dark nights and although the cocktails are expensive they are accompanied by delicious finger food snacks.

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