When I go for a drink at La Fraschetta, I know I stand out – Sandro doesn’t get many customers who aren’t Italian men in their fifties, or older. It’s a neighbourhood hang-out for lots of the locals, including some interesting creative types, who come here for the company and the absurdly cheap wine. Just a couple of euros for a glass of local wine, filled to the brim; indulge in a sandwich or selection of cheese and cold cuts and you’ll still get change from a €10 note.
La Fraschetta is old-school Roman hospitality at its finest – a warm, friendly environment, and a décor that doesn’t seem to have changed much in the last few decades. I always feel at home here, sipping a glass of red wine and eavesdropping on conversations.
Keep in mind that it’s pretty much a one-man business, so opening hours can be irregular. Last time I went, Sandro told me that the bar would be closed at the weekend because he had to help his brother with the wine harvest in nearby Velletri. Also, beware of the early closing – La Fraschetta is a spot for lunch or aperitivo, not late-night drinking.