It can be hard to find an inexpensive and reliable place to eat near the Spanish Steps – this is one of the most elegant areas of Rome and filled with designer stores everywhere you look. That’s why Cantina Belsiana is such a welcome find in the neighborhood: this laid-back wine bar and bistrot has a wide variety of simple, affordable and satisfying menu items and is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Stocking cheeses and charcuterie from the Lazio and Tuscany regions, all products come from small producers using traditional methods of farming and cultivation. There’s a faint aroma of tartufo greeting you when you enter and the key philosophy here is to serve homestyle snacks and entrées that you can enjoy at any hour of the day.
I like to stop by for a glass of wine and a bruschetta before dinner – they serve various types, like fresh tomato, olives, sautéed vegetables and more – but I often end up sticking around for one of their tempting homemade egg pastas. There are also a couple seats outside so you can enjoy people-watching when the weather is nice!