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Enoteca Ferrara

Via del Moro, 1 | piazza Trilussa, 41, 00100 Rome, Italy
065803769
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Ranked #1,880 of 8,465 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $80
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Enoteca Ferrara is the most surprising enoteca in Rome - and possibly the best. It's a gastronomic archipelago of rooms: bar, wine bar, restaurant and more modestly priced osteria with a partly covered terrace. The cuisine serves a menu of Roman ‘cucina povera’ that is not as much ‘peasant food’ anymore as it is traditional, inventive and delicious.In the heart of Trastevere near Ponte Sisto, between Vicolo del Moro and Piazza Trilussa, since 1988, the restaurant Enoteca Ferrara is considered the temple of wines with a large choice of Italian wines (1600 labels). The two sisters, Mary and Lina Paolillo, the first chef and architect and the other sommelier, opened this restaurant in 1988 near the Arch of San Callisto in Trastevere. The restaurant, which in 1996 moved to Via del Moro, is wonderful: situated in a fifteenth-century monastery of St. Euphemia, still has a beamed ceiling. Tables made of painted majolica, wooden beams and exposed stone walls and antique furniture, make the ambiance very charming, elegant and warm. Enoteca Ferrara currently count three areas in 500 square meters for a total of 120 covers: the Gourmet restaurant "Enoteca Ferrara," "ferrarino" which is the trattoria, and "La Mescita" the wine bar. The wine cellar is visible from the restaurant through an ancient forged grating. From the opening Enoteca Ferrara distinguished itself through the cuisine besides the impeccable service. From Piazza Trilussa you enter in the wine bar La Mescita to taste a very good glass of wine accompanied by a variety of fresh and delicious foods, couscous, pasta, garlic bread and cheese, vegetables; then you get down two steps in the private room with a few tables and relax. From there you enter into the charming restaurant Enoteca Ferrara, opened only for dinner, with a kind attention to every details, an ideal place to dine, relax and drink good wine! You continue in the next room, where is the Ferrarino, open for lunch and dinner for a more casual and less pretentious meal. A very nice outdoor area is for dine and for smokers, too. The Ferrarino's cuisine is based on the traditional Italian peasant: soups, polenta, stews, roman dishes, meats, cheeses and seasonal vegetables accompanied by a wine list of 400 labels. The menu which change every week is a triumph of various regions, from Veneto to Sicily. The Enoteca Ferrara's cuisine is more sophisticated, creative and refined with a Slow Food approach that exalts the quality of the raw ingredients. The dishes, expertly creative by the chef Mary, are the result of a continuous research of traditional Italian recipes.The wine list is so much amazing that in 2003 Enoteca Ferrara won the Oscar awarded for best wine shop in Italy. The wine list contains 1,600 labels, and is organized in two bound books: one for reds and one for whites, with an entire page dedicated to descriptions of every wine, complete with an impressive visual-- an actual label taken from each bottle.In addition you can find a selection of tea, coffee and spirits, from the West and the East, including some unfoundable as Puerto Rico AA, Santo Domingo Pacadulce, Indian Nugget, Chickmagalur and Santos Montecarmelo purodolce.
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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

What a wonderful discovery! Upon arriving in Rome, we asked our concierge for a dinner suggestion and discovered this culinary delight. The wait staff was so friendly and helpful and the wine list might more accurately be called an encyclopedia – in two volumes, no less! From the pillow-like gnocchi to the duck breast with black truffle and Belgian endive,... More

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This winebar has a wide selection of quality wine on glass. We had a great Barbera accompagnied by by aperitivo buffee which is free of charge. Great food!

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Good tasteful italian quizine, sincere personnel, little tourists and great choice of wines. More than 3000 wines are available here. Being expirienced high restaurants client I may highly recommend this place.

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Torino
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39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I liked this place a lot. It could be cheaper and the staff could be faster, but the place is really nice and the food is very good! The wine menu is amazing - it is like a bible, even it makes difficult to chose. I would definitely go back!

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Mississauga, Canada.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Once you get by the unusual entrance (the wine bar) you find yourself in a delightful restaurant, casual dinning at the read and more sophisticated dinning in front, built in a historic building bare beams and columns, we had a delightful young lady to look after us for our dinner, very friendly and professional,the Enoteca was recommended by the Concierge.... More

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Interesting wine bar and restaurant in Trastevere, close to Ponte Sisto. You enter either through the bar entrance, or the restaurant entrance around the corner, depending on your main interest. Actually, these are so far apart that you may be forgiven for thinking they're separate places :) In the wine bar section they serve tapas / finger food (used to... More

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Rome is full of winebars. But if you really fancy wines, this is a place where they understand and know about wines. You pay 8-10€ and can choose a glass of Italian wine with something different to eat - like tapas. We are in the wine business and can recommend this nice place in the heart of Trastevere

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Let's start with the staff. Allan, Mikaela, and Julia were all professional and also friendly. They did a great job not only with the service but understanding when and when not to approach the table. Food was fantastic. We where 3 couples and all the dishes we ordered were awesome. Mary did a great job with the wine pairings. If... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great busy location, close to other places. Staff were very friendly and up for a nice chat about the wines. Aperitif was lovely but the wine was fabulous! Tried at least 8 varieties. A great place to spend a few hours.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were delighted to try out this restaurant which a friend recommended. Just perfect for both of us, as my partner is vegetarian and there was a menu just for veggies, and I am happy to eat anything, but like a bit of imagination and high quality , so we were not disappointed. Best of all was the wine list,... More

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