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'Gusto, Rome

9 Piazza Augusto Imperatore
Spanish Steps
Tel: 39 06 322 6273's insider take:

Mod, Conran-inspired 'Gusto—with its restaurant, pizzeria, and kitchenware shop—caused a sensation when it opened in 1998, but it's looking rather frayed around the edges these days. The wine bar, with its entrance out back in Via della Frezza, remains a lively place for an after-dinner drink. (However, the Web site's claim to offer 1,500 different labels is marred by the fact that the depleted cellars are probably out of your first three or so choices.) There's live jazz or soul some evenings, and you can soak up the wine with plates of cold cuts or cheese. 'Gusto's occupation of Piazza Augusto Imperatore continues with Tatì al 28, a bar, coffee shop, and bistro specializing in fish and vegetarian dishes.

Open daily 12:30 to 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm to midnight.

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