Lotto 12 is a nice cozy little place in the heart of Garbatella, where you can go for drinks or for a nice yet overall inexpensive dinner.
It is right around the corner from the famous Palladium theater, one of the venues for the Roma Europa Festival and also the auditorium for Roma Tre, the third university in Rome.
The name of the place has nothing to do with the lotto game or lotteries in general. Rather, ‘lotto’ is the term to refer to a blocks (of buildings) within the Garbatella neighborhood. So, the hypothesis that Lotto 12 is situated in the 12th block of the neighborhood could be quite plausible!
From 18:00 – 18:30ish in the afternoon, Lotto 12 serves aperitivi. You can get wine or beer and some munchies to go with it. The default will probably be chips and olives but I typically ask for the sotto-oli and sotto-aceti: sundried tomatoes, pickled onions, cured artichokes, olives and loaves of Italian bread. You can also ask for the tagliere (cutting board) with salamis and cheese.
If you linger on, at around 20:00ish you will be able to have dinner. They offer a variety of pasta dishes (I am told that they make a mean Carbonara), several second courses and great desserts. To get a better idea of the food they offer and prices, you can check out their menu online.
Once you’ve gotten your fill, take a digestive stroll in the streets of this quite quaint and interesting neighborhood.