Rome's first ever wine bar, the Cul de Sac was founded in 1968. Looking very traditional nowadays, it's cramped inside and out, with long pine benches and tables, and decidedly no-frills. But the location - just off piazza Navona, with a ringside view of the 'talking statue' of Pasquino - coupled with reasonable prices and an encyclopaedic wine list, ensures full occupancy all the time. Food is standard wine-bar fare, with mainly cold dishes. The generous Greek salad and the lentil soup stand out.