Bar Canova is located at Piazza del Popolo, in the city center, and it is the renowned bar that you can see in many movies that have people traveling to Rome. The place is both a bar where you can buy cigars and cigarettes as well as a restaurant where you can enjoy the food while sipping coffee or wine. The restaurant also has an inside patio, where during the summer it is allowed to smoke but not in the winter because the patio is covered, and therefore like most places in the city it is not allowed to smoke. Of course you still see plenty of people sitting on the outside tables facing the twin churches and the fountain and obelisk at Piazza del Popolo.
If you decide to have dinner there, the restaurant offers a wide menu (of course you can also decide to just sit, sip your cappuccino and enjoy the view), as the prices for dinner can be quite high, but you do get to enjoy music from a live piano bar, but moderate if you have a lunch.
You can start with different appetizers such as a Scottish smoked salmon with buttered toast and chives for 15, 00 Euros, or a mix of Italian salami served with a warm rosemary bun for 10, 00 Euros.
For a pasta or rice entrée, you can order typical Roman dishes such as the Spaghetti alla Carbonara, which is a sauce with bacon, eggs, pepper and both parmesan and pecorino cheeses, and the Rigatoni all’Amatriciana, which is a tomato sauce with bacon, onion and pecorino cheese for 9, 00 Euros. Or try the Risotto Canova, which has provola cheese, Champagne and truffle for 12,00 Euros or a basic seafood risotto for 14,00 Euros.
If you decide to go with meat and fish, you can try the filet steak with Porcini mushrooms for 22, 00 Euros or the cotoletta alla Milanese, which is veal escalope in breadcrumbs for 15, 00 Euros. Or go with the fish such as the grilled swordfish with a sarmoriglio sauce for 23, 00 Euros.
For dessert you can choose a plate of mixed typical cheeses, a single portion is 8, 00 Euros or go for the sweeter stuff, you can pick a dessert from their trolley, which are typical sweets for 6, 00 Euros or maybe enjoy a fresh fruit salad with ice-cream or strawberries with whipped cream or ice-cream for 7, 00 Euros.