Il Vinaietto, a wine shop and bar halfway between Largo Argentina and Campo de Fiori, has only been around for about 25 years but from the looks of it you would guess it was much older. Originally a mini-mart, it reinvented itself as a wine shop when the first supermarket opened in the neighborhood. Il Vinaietto, like Bar Caffé Perù, is one of those authentic, local places that I’m so happy to find amidst the tourism of the historic center of Rome. It has a cute storefront with a roughly etched sign over the doorway, checkered black and white floors and colorful local patrons.
You can stop by Il Vinaietto for an affordable glass of wine (€ 3 – € 4) or select a bottle from one of the shelves along the walls and pay a small uncorking fee to enjoy the wine inside the store. The selection of wines by the bottle is vast and includes many small producers from various regions in Italy. There are a few tables inside the shop, as well as a handful of stools, turning the space into a charmingly makeshift wine bar with a lot of character. The space is small so people often end up drinking outside on the street as well. Your options for snacks are limited to potato chips and hard-boiled eggs so go to the nearby Forno Roscioli and pick up some of their famed pizza bianca to pair with your wine.