The term Mediterranean cuisine is something we often take for granted, yet is something a bit more elusive than just olive oil and eating together. A compound of influences make up the style of the food- Greek, French , Spanish and of course, Italian. The newly re launched Antico Bistrot Bistrot is the place you can find the best parts of mediterranean fare with the emphasis on Italian in San Giovanni discrict.
With a succinct and refined menu, owner/head chef/mastermind of the new business Signore Vincenzo has created a little bistrot that would not be out of place overlooking the sea. The multi tasking one man show left behind his restaurant, Al Gambrel in Cannes, to conquer the inner south of Rome. Antico Bistrot contains not just the expected Italian pastas, but a mix of the mediterranean by way of the veg and fish. The influence of the French cuisine mixes in causally with the Italian flavour, creating a harmonious and light taste marriage.
Signore Vincenzo cites his favourite dish as being the ‘paccheri ai gamberi’, giant tubes of macaroni beneath prawns and cherry tomatoes. Another favourite is the ‘parmigiana di melanzane di casa’, a classic mediterranean aubergine starter. All the fish and seafood is fresh- absolutely not frozen, and all pastas are made fresh in house. So too the bread and desserts. The menu is uncomplicated and straight forward, as is the wine list. Signore Vincenzo, a self proclaimed sommelier, encourages patrons to seek advice in matching wine to food- he is especially proud of finding a drop of red that can compliment… fish!
The bistro is open for aperitivo from 6 (aperitivo until 8), a glass of wine or prosecco with house made bites including meats and pizzetta is available for 8 euro. Reservations for dinner are recommended, and the ambience of the restaurant is suited nicely to a refined couples dinner.
The soft lighting, tasteful interior accents is combined with a very serious focus on quality produce, making Antico Bistrot a grown up find in San Giovanni. The Mediterranean is not as far away as one might think, in fact it can be found in down town Rome!
Piazza Tarquinia 4 (San Giovanni)
open from 6pm
+39 06 64764104 (for reservations)