Pastificio San Lorenzo, Rome
Tel: 39 06 9727 3519
Concierge.com's insider take:
Since the 1970s, this former pasta factory in the student-y eastern district of San Lorenzo has been a point of reference for the city's contemporary and experimental artists. Now the upper-floor exhibition spaces have been complemented with a street-level wine bar/restaurant to cater to the cool and creative set. The decor is retro industrial, the vibe very laid-back, with one corner of the huge room dedicated to comfy armchairs and sofas for drink-in-hand lounging and the rest uncluttered with well-spaced tables. Up-and-coming chef Stefano Preli works the spectrum from traditional Roman to more creative experiments (roast suckling pig with hazelnut purée and spicy fruit, smoked duck breast with coconut milk and caramelized grapes), most of which are successful. From aperitivo hour (with bar snacks) through dinner, the clientele here is well-heeled and fashion-conscious; the ambience at lunchtime is more relaxed.—Lee Marshall
Open Tuesdays through Fridays 12:30 to 3 pm and 8 pm to 1:30 am, Saturdays 7 pm to 2 am, and Sundays 12:30 to 3 pm and 8 pm to 1:30 am.