There are so many new restaurants opening in Rome right now it is hard to keep track. If you are up for the challenge La Zanzara is great place to start.
I am a big fan of Baccano. Located just off the via del Corso, we often go there after a matinee for dirty gin martinis and rare hamburgers. La Zanzara is Baccano's sister space across the Tevere in Prati and very close to the Vatican. With the same Balthazar-esque esthetic, but most certainly not a carbon copy, the things they do share are all good. The service is snappy, the decor snazzy; all mirrors with pretty typography, and a long zinc bar and most of all, the food is good.
We ordered a silky pasta dish of Tagliolino with butter and Cantabrian anchovies and a hamburger. The hamburger was juicy and well cooked and as beach season will soon be here, thankfully served not with french fries, but with a sharp, crunchy cabbage salad and spicy, garlicky cicoria.
If you are looking for a small snack, try one of the small rosette sandwiches. The Studio Uno with whisper thin mortadella studded with fragrant truffle and a slick of Parmesan mayonnaise would be perfect with a class of cold Franciacorta.
This place is good for solo dining at the bar or for a big group before a Vatican Museums visit. They have just started offering breakfast. The cocktail menu looks very intriguing and there is an enormous outside space that looks festive and cheery for a warm spring evening.
Via Crescenzio, 84