Litro, a bright, welcoming wine and cocktail bar in Monteverde, was arguably the first in Rome to specialize in natural wines, which is to say organic and biodynamic wines vinified with minimum sulfur and no other additives. But where natural wine hotspots in other cities have sometimes taken a reactionary stance towards service norms, the team at Litro are warm and cheerful, clearly delighted to share the bar’s big list of obscure wines from throughout Italy, along with surprisingly evolved cocktail and mezcal selections.
This unselfconsciously maximalist approach is reflected in Litro’s opening hours, from breakfast to midnight every day save Sunday. Litro’s menu is slim, light, and inexpensive, consisting primarily of charcuterie, bruschetti, salads, cheeses, and panini, with many products sourced from Vincenzo Mancino’s DOL. But be warned: Litro’s ambiance is so buoyant and fun that a calm early aperitivo on the terrace can quickly become a three-hour bender of skin-macerated malvasia and mezcal with merely excellent snack food – like bruschette con burro e alici (toastes with butter and anchovy) – to sustain oneself.
We’ve included this among our Favorite Places in Rome.
Litro in pictures
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What people are saying
- I Cento (2018) includes them among their favorite 50 “Pop” or informal addresses in Rome.
- Eater (2017) by Katie Parla includes Litro among their list of 38 Essential Rome Restaurants and says “don’t miss the anchovy and butter on toast, perfect with a glass of funky sparkling white wine.”
- An American in Rome (2017) says the food menu “skews away from the expected meat and cheese plates, and offers fresh salads, sandwiches and even sashimi, that pair with the equally bright wines,” and calls it one of the best wine bars in Rome.
- The Monocle Guide to Rome (2017) calls this a “destination for natural wine devotees” and recommends their mezcal cocktails in addition to the natural and biodynamic wines.
- The New York Times (2015) includes Litro in its guide for 36 Hours in Rome, advising you to come after dinner to take advantage of their selection of rare mezcals. Try a cocktail like the Mezsconi, which modifies the classic Negroni by swapping out gin for the smoky spirit.”
- Katie Parla (2014) is a regular because of the of Litro’s dynamic list which “changes subtly from week to week so as to engage regulars and stimulate the staff.” She appreciates their penchant for sparkling wines aged on the lees.
- Puntarella Rossa (2013) predicts that Litro will become a refuge for natural wine lovers and those seeking a relaxing and sophisticated place that’s not overly trendy. They’re also excited by the selection of mezcals and vini chinati.
- Scatti di Gusto (2013) appreciates the 1940s era design with elements of an old converted workshop, but is really there for the changing selection of natural and biodynamic wines and the quality nibbles including focacce from Gabriele Bonci.
- Cibo di Strada praises the breakfast options (they’re open early at 7h30) and selection of gourmet panini.
- Punch recommends Litro for “hard to find bottles from Sicilian producers like Serragghia, and cured meats made by Vitaliano Bernabei.”