Rome’s Prati district is certainly one of its lesser-known gems. Elegant and demure with tree-lined boulevards, grand residential buildings and thriving businesses, it’s a local neighborhood with cosmopolitan flair just next door to the Vatican. Just south of its main thoroughfare Via Cola di Rienzo lies Borgo Pio, a medieval hamlet with charming streets and plenty of shops selling religious mementos. With plenty of tourism and lots of locals, Prati and Borgo Pio are great locations to enjoy an evening meal and drinks; check out our favorite bars in the area.
One street away from Il Sorpasso and with the same ownership, Passaguai is another quaint chic-rustic gem that has excellent drinks and delicious daily specials. It is a smaller space with a more limited menu but a great option for a laidback atmosphere and less bustle than its popular neighbor. The kitchen is limited to entrées consisting of cold-cuts, salads and finger foods, so it’s better for lunch or aperitivo as opposed to dinner.