Casual and chic with small wooden tables, a menu chalked up on blackboards, and down-to-earth fixtures, Settembrini is a magnet for Rome’s discerning crowd of food lovers. Lunch is served as quick and light fare, whereas dinner offers a five-course degustation with well-paired wines. Don’t miss the creative, delicate mullet with sea urchins and lettuce, or the ingenious cheese and pepper squid. Main courses may also feature more progressive takes on traditional dishes, such as Japanese-style pounded beef with tuna and rue mayonnaise. Choose a bottle from a constantly changing, seasonal wine list sourced from local purveyors. Simple but delectable desserts cap off a wonderful, relaxed meal. Settembrini is also a welcoming cafe during the day, and popular nightlife spot for cocktails and wine, where its outdoor terrace tends to be packed during the late afternoon and evenings. Monday-Saturday, 12:30pm-4pm, 8pm-11:30pm. Closed 2 weeks in August.