Set in the column-lined courtyard of the 16th-century Palazzo Medici Lante della Rovere, not far from the Pantheon, this is one of Rome’s oldest enoteche (wine store). This 16th-century courtyard-turned-dining-room, with an Art Deco-style glass ceiling, is the latest offering of the Bleve family, who are local fixtures on the wine-and-dine scene in Rome. The selection of (mostly Italian and French) vinos, both by the bottle and by the glass, pairs superbly with involtini (stuffed rolls of ham) or cheeses and salumi from nearly every region of the Italian peninsula.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
On the top floor of a traditional villa from Lebanon’s French Mandate period, this restaurant on the city’s seafront corniche has glorious views of the water from its Pop Art–decorated dining room. Many of the regulars are friends of co-owner and local fashion icon Johnny Farah’s (who runs the If boutique). The menu is an East-West roster of dishes made with local seafood and organic vegetables from Farah’s farm.
We loved: Buttery roasted lobster.
Insider tip: Go for Sunday brunch.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.