Rimessa Roscioli is the most recent delicious addition to the four Roscioli food venues in Rome. In my interview with Alessandro Pepe, one of the Rimessa Roscioli owners, he says you can enjoy a Roscioli food venue any time of day: the café, the bakery, the salumeria and Rimessa Roscioli.
Renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura says that the Roscioli family IS Rome.
The Roscioli Family
The Roscioli family has worked in food, wine and hospitality for four generations. When Marco Roscioli moved to Rome from the Marche region, the bakery on Via dei Chiavari was the first to open up. The original bakery, now Antico Forno Roscioli, originally dates back to the 1800s. Next the Rosciolis opened a grocery on Via dei Giubbonari, now known as the Ristorante Salumeria Roscioli.
Next to open - just a few steps away - was the café and then finally Rimessa Roscioli. Brothers Alessandro and Pierluigi continue to be actively involved in the Roscioli enterprise, each with their own area of expertise.
Rimessa Roscioli is a light and airy modern venue where you can taste just about every amazing wine imaginable and enjoy it along with a delicious meal. Alesssandro Pepe’s focus is on the wine side whereas the restaurant menu is guided by Alessandro Roscioli, one of the two Roscioli brothers. You can find Rimessa Roscioli on Instagram here.
The impact of Covid and lockdown on Rimessa Roscioli
Lockdown had a heavy impact on Rimessa Roscioli but throughout the entire lockdown period they were still able to pay all their employees and to even hire two new people. Rimessa Roscioli turned the experience into something positive and used the lockdown period to focus on their strong suit, wine. Rimessa Roscioli made hundreds of wine and winery videos that are now part of their fabulous video library. In addition, a lot of focus went into the Roscioli Wine Club, a bespoke wine club that caters to wine clients worldwide, both beginner wine drinkers and wine aficionados.
Alesssandra Pepe and the rest of the group at Rimessa Roscioli focus on offering clients the best food and wine experience possible. Alessandro wants clients to taste and experience the wines in their 400+ cellar (and constantly expanding) which he can do thanks to the Coravin wine system.
The Coravin is a wonderful wine tool that uses a needle-like technique to extract wine from a bottle without removing the cork. This tool isn’t inexpensive but it’s worth every penny if you consider all the wine that often gets wasted when you open, but don’t finish, a bottle of wine. You might say that you always finish a bottle of wine when you open it, but for someone like me it’s a fabulous tool. I like to have a glass of wine in the evening with dinner but I don’t necessarily want the same wine every evening. And I usually only want just one glass so a Coravin is an indispensable wine tool for me! You can buy one here.
Guided wine tastings
Rimessa Roscioli offers guided wine tastings every day from their wine-tasting and pairing menu. If you want to have a private bespoke wine-tasting no problem. Reach out to Rimessa Roscioli and they are happy to set up whatever kind of wine-tasting you’re interested in.
You can choose from Rimessa Roscioli‘s wine and food tasting dinner, or their light lunch, tasting and cooking demo, or their “Taste the Legends”, a great way to taste the legendary wines of Italy and France: perfect for wine enthusiasts and wine collectors.
If you’d like to get out and about and experience the Roman countryside Rimessa Roscioli also offers a one day private wine tour.
Rimessa Roscioli also offers a wonderful olive oil tasting.
The food at Rimessa Roscioli
Rimessa Roscioli doesn’t aspire to offer a Michelin star kind of experience. They prepare genuine delicious food, made mostly with local ingredients. Recipes are constantly evolving and changing and reflect the rich culinary talent and intuition of the chefs. The recipes are simple with a delicious harmony of ingredients. One of my favorite dishes is polpette with a delicate orange sauce. I watched these polpette in the making and managed to transcribe this delicious recipe.
My favorite table is right near the kitchen so sometimes I can video the chefs plating and preparing dishes, like the preparation and plating of this wonderful pork belly dish:
Alessandro Roscioli says his favorite pasta dish is pasta with butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese – classic, simple and eternally delicious.
Wine & wine paraphernalia, and specialized foods you can purchase at Rimessa Roscioli
At Rimessa Roscioli you can purchase many of the wonderful wines and foods you taste like great olive oils, jarred foods and specialty vinegars.
The Roscioli Wine Club
Would you like to know more about the Roscioli Wine Club? Read (and listen) here.
The best way to delve into some of the fabulous wines from unusual Italian grapes and smaller artisanal wineries is through the Roscioli Wine Club.
There are a few formats you can choose from.
Wine Club 1 - organic, limited availability wines; a great way to discover new grapes
Wine Club 2 - limited production artisanal wines that are full-bodied and age-worthy
Wine Club, Collectors Club 1 - for wine collectors; wines from slightly older vintages; great to stock up your cellar with some names that have made a big impression in the world of wine.
For a deep dive into some of Italy’s delicious wines, read (and listen): Piedmont Wines and 3 outstanding lesser known reds and the Valtenesi & Lake Garda Wines.
When you are next in Italy Flavor of Italy offers a few great day trips including a visit to Brunello wineries in Montalcino, and a mozzarella producer & a winery visit day trip.
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