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Cul de Sac: Cul de Sac
This little wine bar, close to Piazza Navona, is one of the oldest in Rome. The selection of wines is huge, but they also serve meats, cheeses, salads and pastas. The inside can be a little cramped, but the outside fills up early. The staff is nice and efficient. Credit cards are accepted.
Favorite Dish: I'm in love with their cheeses!
CUL DE SAC: TASTE OF SICILY IN ROME
Cul de Sac is a wine bar, salami and cheese location with as they put it "Specialita Gastronomiche Artigianali", I just call it the italian dishes I was looking for. Outdoor seating in a crowded area, where every table enjoys the conversation of the other table, you even start up conversations with the other tables. Hey, when in Rome, do as the Romans. Crowds walk by, coming from Piazza Navona, and that adds to the excitement of the area. Not quiet, but fun noisey. Many fine wines on the wine list and many at reasonable prices. Alert and fast acting waitstaff helps to have a truly comforting meal.
Favorite Dish: To die for, the "Involtini", done alla romana, which is almost as good as the sicilian style alla rustica. What is Involtini? Well, as my grandma would say "Braciole" that she made for special occasions, which when in Sicily, my grandma's place of birth, the restaurants called it by "Involtini".
A wonderful dish of thin sliced veal that is about 4 inches long by 2 inches wide, rolled around a mixture of whatever, be it cheese, cuts of salami, vegetables and brushed in olive oil, then dipped in a breadcrumb mix of parsley, garlic, grated pecorino cheese, pepper, and salt. Placing about four of these roll-ups on a wooden stick skewer and then frying them in a pan with olive oil. Mama Mia! It is one of my favorite dishes to make and to Mangi (eat). So, Cul de Sac came through with a great tasting "Involtini alla Romana". Ciao.
Cul de Sac: Worth the Wait
This is an enoteca, or wine bar, near Piazza Navona. If you go before 8 or so, you won't have to wait, but you will probably eat with other tourists. If you wait to eat at 9 or so, the place will be packed with Italians. It is a wine bar, with the most extensive selection of wines pretty much anywhere, but they also serve delicious food! The staff is very helpful with selecting wines, if you don't know much about them like me. The menu is seasonal, so it always changes, but there are always local favorites, and a great selection of meats and cheeses to build your own tasting plate. The onion soup is amazing, as is all of their soup; also try the pate. The place is small, but also has outside seating in nice weather. The prices are reasonable, with a glass of wine costing anywhere from 3-8 euro. The waitstaff tend to be hot young Italian guys, so there's that, too! And after dinner, it is lovely to take a stroll in nearby Piazza Navona.
Favorite Dish: Their soups are my favorite--always made with fresh ingredients that are in season.
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