Ai Tre Scalini: A Historic Wine Bar in the Monti District


“Dying’s one thing, thirst is another!” reads a phrase on one of the walls of Ai Tre Scalini. So what’s better than diving right into the atmosphere of the Monti district, just next door to the Colosseum, and mingling with the customers crowding into this characteristic wine bar?

La Bottiglieria has been attracting followers of Bacchus since 1895, as the sign at the entrance reveals, and it is a must-see spot on the Roman aperitif circuit. Locals know that it’s a classic destination for evenings that start and end in Monti. Once an infamous quarter, Monti has recently become a point of reference in the new Roman cultural scene. Stylish shops, restaurants, and bars have opened and become the “in” places.

Ai Tre Scalini is a historic venue in the district, but no less popular. It is the ideal setting for tasting a good glass of wine with friends in an informal, relaxed, and international atmosphere. Tourists, who are drawn in by the charm of the narrow streets of the antique Suburra, mix happily with the local customers in the wine bar located in Via Panisperna.

Despite the fact that it is frequently packed with people, Ai Tre Scalini maintains a casual vibe, and you can often see the proprietors, Adriano and Barbara, greeting their regular customers at the counter. But, don’t be put off by the crowds. Especially in the warm summer months, it is a pleasure to sip a glass of chilled white wine and nibble the unbeatable tarallini crackers just outside the door. Alternatively, pop in for lunch and try a glass of wine. You can choose from an exclusively Italian wine list. There’s also a fantastic menu that varies daily, so even regulars are spoiled with choices. You should check out some classic boards with cold cuts and cheese, buffalo mozzarella, and ricotta with honey, all of which from the Lazio region, and, of course, you should try the parmigiana with eggplant and salsiccia al tartufo (sausage with truffles). Every Saturday, you can sample two different gastronomic combinations along with a bottle of wine that perfectly accompanies a plate from the same region, which is always a great idea!

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