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Centro Storico

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Retrobottega
Via della Stelletta, 4, Centro Storico
This cool, experimental little restaurant is casual from head to toe—you'll serve your own wine and even set your own place, with utensils and napkins from drawers on the underside of the bar—which is actually a big part of the appeal in a city where meals are usually a big to-do. The menu changes daily, serving Italian dishes with modern twists to foodies and Rome's younger set. There's a big table in the back where you can make a reservation and share a family-style meal, but if you're with a small party, it's first-come, first-serve. Sit at the bar, where you can look in on the big open kitchen.
Hotel De Ricci
Via della Barchetta, 14, Centro Storico
The recently opened Hotel de Ricci is the city’s most stylish new addition. Lorenzo Lisi (also the proprietor of the permanently packed seafood spot Pierluigi) hired the stylist and illustrator duo behind concept store Chez Dédé, to manage the hotel’s aesthetic. The furniture is mid-century style and the walls of each room have been hand painted with illustrations—the overall effect is modern, romantic, and fresh. Aside from the incredibly stylish interior, the Hotel de Ricci takes wine seriously, with a fully stocked wine cellar and a former sommelier turned Hotel Manager on staff. Aperativo is served nightly in the guests- and members-only Charade bar, or can be delivered to your room and enjoyed with a glass of the wine personally selected for each guest and waiting in their room on arrival.
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