Last night I went to an aperitivo at Etabli’, a wine bar and restaurant located not far from Piazza Navona. It was the opening of a new initiative they’re doing every Wednesday, when they will display works of art by different artists, have aperitivo, and have a dj play some music. I’ve got to say the place was pretty packed with a fun and young crowd, all packed into the front two rooms, which is the bar area. The whole place is decorated in a French country style, which is pretty unusual for Rome and there’s even a fireplace! I’ve got to say I’ve had a mixed relationship with this place. I first went for drinks right when it opened a few years ago and it was great. Warm, inviting, with a good aperitivo spread. Based on that experience I’d always recommended it. Then I went around Christmas to have drinks with people and was informed there was no more aperitivo (even though they were still charge €7 or €8 for a glass of wine!) and we were shunted off into a tiny side room because we hadn’t reserved for dinner. I guess they were trying to make it more exclusive? Whatever it was, it left a bad taste in my mouth, which I was sad about. However, I’ve got to say that last night was great and reminded me of why I liked it in the first place. So let’s hope that’s the direction they keep doing in. I know a couple people in town who are friendly with the owners and assure me it was a fluke.
As for the art on display last night, there was a selection of fourteen or so photographs by Dario Lucarini, many of which depicted his trips to Porto, Portugal. They were really nice, with great composition and color. I spoke to Martina, who is organizing the evenings there and I should be having photographs up sometime in the spring. In the meantime, if you are a painting, sculptor, photographer in Rome who wants to get some exposure, look them up and tell them you would be interested in participating.
Here are some shots from the evening that depict the atmosphere inside the bar…enjoy!