There are a lot of wine bars (enoteche) in Rome that are worth visiting. Enoteca Giansanti, one of the oldest, is my favorite. At the moment it’s the fifth generation who runs the Enoteca, Federica – a really charming and witty woman. The staff is gentle and smiley and the ambience classy yet informal – I love it!
I have a certificate as a Sommelier and the point of attraction for me is -of course- the choice of wines. The caveau downstairs is really fascinating; in this area there used to be a distillery at the end of the nineteenth century. Now they have a lot of bottles from anywhere you can(not) imagine – most of them Italian, obviously, and catalogued by region.
But it’s not just the wine – you will find the best quality of any liquor or distillate from all over the world at reasonable prices here. You can buy to take away or to drink at the tables. Talking about the tables, Giansanti is also a restaurant, and I appreciate their food: they look for complexity and elegance in any dish.
It’s a lively spot in general – every week they organize events such as wine tastings and concerts. GJN: Giansanti Jam Night on Saturdays has become one of the best ways to have fun at night in the neighborhood of Ostiense. Check the calendar on their website.