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“Vegetarian Delights” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Enoteca Ferrara

Enoteca Ferrara
Via del Moro, 1 | piazza Trilussa, 41, 00100 Rome, Italy
065803769
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Ranked #2,073 of 8,759 Restaurants in Rome
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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“Vegetarian Delights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We stumbled across this restaurant one night wandering through Trastevere - use the side entrance in Via del Moro to avoid the wine bar. We're a vegetarian couple and were resigned to mediocre food during our long weekend in Rome. But Ferrara had a separate vegetarian menu! And all 4 choices were superb. They're well-known for their impressive wine list and sommelier but they're also happy to serve decent wine by the glass - including Prosecco. We went back a second night and were not disappointed. Highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“More then a restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Please bear in mind that I'm Italian and I consider myself a demanding customer when it comes to restaurants, specially Italian ones.
Regarding Enoteca Ferrara, I can only tell you that we went there for lunch on our arrival date in Trastevere and we went back 5 times...We're not the type to stick to a single place but Ferrara was spectacular for lunch, outstanding for diner and perfect for night cap. The restaurant has 3 sections amongst which the perfect wine bar at the end. It's the kind of place you want to spend your owl life there, nothing less. Too bad it's on the other side of the ocean for us.
From their pasta dishes to their cold cuts, meat and fish, everything pleased us and the prices were also quite soft for such a high quality spot. The service was on the same level.
We loved it can you tell...

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“amazing classic italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The tavern part of this restaurant is simply amazing. The food is delicious and quite cheap. There is another part of the restaurant which serves gastronomic food. We went to the tavern and the quality of the cuisine is extraordinary! The ingredients are of excellent quality, which makes the dishes amazingly good! Plus, you have the best advice for the wine. We merely said what we were having and the wine lady suggested an amazing frascati superiore, for only 24 euro a bottle.

I would recommend the ravioli spinach and ricotta as well as the parmigiana. You won't be disappointed!

The portions are smaller than usual, so I recommend to take a stater and a meal or a meal and a dessert.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The food was okay, service as well. Average but nothing spectacular. The pastas did not taste very much and the wine we were recommended was expensive and not worthy of the price.

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“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Located in a breath taking area of Rome, Ferrara is welcoming from the beginning to the end. We went there for dinner on a very busy saturday night. Despite the number of people to serve, the service was impeccable. Food great, endless wine list and an excellent atmosphere. Well done

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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