Finding a decent place to sit down for a good glass and a bite near the Spanish Steps is rough. Fortunately, Palatium Enoteca Regionale, a government-sponsored wine bar, serves excellent wines and dishes from Lazio at reasonable prices. Although a significant wine and food producer, the region of which Rome is the capital seems to get a bum rap when it comes to quality or diversity. Undeserved. Try some of the lesser known wines, served with some complimentary nibbles as an aperitif or snack on a plate of local cheeses and salumi. Full meals are also served; the menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons.
The dark decor is slick and decidedly no-frills, be warned that the staff seems to fit that profile accordingly. Some of the ingredients used in the food, as well as much of the wine, are for sale.
Ambiance: Minimal, modern.
Recommended dishes: Cheeses, salumi, seasonal cuisine.
Open: Mon-Sat 11:00-24:00; kitchen open 12:00-16:00 & 19:30-23:00. Closed August 12-17. Open only for dinner August 5-11 and August 18-25 .
How to get there: Take the Metro A to Spagna.
Credit cards: Yes.
Address: Via Frattina 94
Telephone: +39 0669202132
Website: No website.