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The quiet terrace garden makes for a peaceful refuge from the city. Enjoy anything from a breakfast coffee to a late-night drink, by way of artisan desserts and aperitivi. The food menu features modern Italian cuisine with an inevitable penchant for Roman classics; more than enough to cater to the eclectic clientele of this Pigneto icon.
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Necci dal 1924
68 Via Fanfulla da Lodi
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The quiet terrace garden makes for a peaceful refuge from the city. Enjoy anything from a breakfast coffee to a late-night drink, by way of artisan desserts and aperitivi. The food menu features modern Italian cuisine with an inevitable penchant for Roman classics; more than enough to cater to the eclectic clientele of this Pigneto icon.
Boasting a large open interior space and a tranquil, outdoor garden perfect for the balmy summer months, Cucina Rosti is ideal for any demographic: intimate date for two, family lunch for ten. From Tuesday to Sunday, experience the Italian and international inspired breakfast, while in the evening be sure to sample the wood-oven ‘pizza alla romana’.
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Rosti al Pigneto
65 Via Bartolomeo d'Alviano
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Boasting a large open interior space and a tranquil, outdoor garden perfect for the balmy summer months, Cucina Rosti is ideal for any demographic: intimate date for two, family lunch for ten. From Tuesday to Sunday, experience the Italian and international inspired breakfast, while in the evening be sure to sample the wood-oven ‘pizza alla romana’.
The standard-bearer of Pigneto’s veggie and vegan scene, goes by the motto “made according to nature”. The colourful menu of this organic bistro boasts original salads, wraps, purées and soups, platters, hummus and desserts, while the tropical bar concocts an impressive variety of smoothies and juices. Saturday and Sunday brunch are served between 11.30am and 3.30pm, while aperitivo-time is livened up by Brazilian salgadinhos, which are savoury deep-fried snacks with varied fillings. Further Brazilian accent is to be found in the dessert section, which includes the rare-to-find energiser açaí na tigela.
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Vitaminas 24
40 Via Ascoli Piceno
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The standard-bearer of Pigneto’s veggie and vegan scene, goes by the motto “made according to nature”. The colourful menu of this organic bistro boasts original salads, wraps, purées and soups, platters, hummus and desserts, while the tropical bar concocts an impressive variety of smoothies and juices. Saturday and Sunday brunch are served between 11.30am and 3.30pm, while aperitivo-time is livened up by Brazilian salgadinhos, which are savoury deep-fried snacks with varied fillings. Further Brazilian accent is to be found in the dessert section, which includes the rare-to-find energiser açaí na tigela.
This is one of the best traditional roman bakery of the neighborhood.
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Ferrari Forno
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This is one of the best traditional roman bakery of the neighborhood.
Offers prime burgers sourced regionally, fish and chips, authentic Sicilian panelle and Danish cod served in a squid-ink bun. Bread and sauces are made on-site to match each recipe, while desserts and vegetarian options complete the menu. In the evening, find the door leading to Spirito, the in-house speakeasy equipped with roulette, a terrace and a quirky cocktail list. In summer the rooftop turns into a Hawaiian kiosk, where drinks and music get a tropical twist and aperitivo nibbles are provided by the underground Panineria.
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Premiata panineria
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Offers prime burgers sourced regionally, fish and chips, authentic Sicilian panelle and Danish cod served in a squid-ink bun. Bread and sauces are made on-site to match each recipe, while desserts and vegetarian options complete the menu. In the evening, find the door leading to Spirito, the in-house speakeasy equipped with roulette, a terrace and a quirky cocktail list. In summer the rooftop turns into a Hawaiian kiosk, where drinks and music get a tropical twist and aperitivo nibbles are provided by the underground Panineria.
Thanks to its low-yeast, slow-leavened recipe, this version of pizza by the slice is both light and crispy, perfect to be topped with all sorts of ingredients. The wide selection of cheeses, cured meats, fish, vegetables and sauces leads to heaps of inventive combinations. For an alternative, the menu also includes a club sandwich, soups, salads and tiramisu.
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Opulentia
44 Via Ascoli Piceno
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Thanks to its low-yeast, slow-leavened recipe, this version of pizza by the slice is both light and crispy, perfect to be topped with all sorts of ingredients. The wide selection of cheeses, cured meats, fish, vegetables and sauces leads to heaps of inventive combinations. For an alternative, the menu also includes a club sandwich, soups, salads and tiramisu.
A tapas bar come bistrot, owner and interior designer, Gioia, has created an intimate and stylish space reminiscent of 1890s Paris. Specialities includes unique pagnottelle: sourdough sandwiches filled with scrumptious fillings ranging from local ‘porchetta’ to bresaola della Valtellina to gorgonzola and anchovies from Cetara. A specialty also includes ‘the shoe’ which is an Arab pita filled with meatballs and tomato, divine!
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La Santeria Pizzicheria-Bistrot
213 Via del Pigneto
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A tapas bar come bistrot, owner and interior designer, Gioia, has created an intimate and stylish space reminiscent of 1890s Paris. Specialities includes unique pagnottelle: sourdough sandwiches filled with scrumptious fillings ranging from local ‘porchetta’ to bresaola della Valtellina to gorgonzola and anchovies from Cetara. A specialty also includes ‘the shoe’ which is an Arab pita filled with meatballs and tomato, divine!
Head to VA.DO AL PIGNETO, a chic and vintage locale that boasts 1930s Neapolitan chairs, Provençal mirrors and artisan tables that will immediately catch any artistic eye. The lighting and the cozy, effortless setting makes this experience even more cinematic. If you’re a foodie VA.DO AL PIGNETO’s creative spring menu is just what you need. Try the vado e tonno, red tuna in scalded leek leaves and soy sauce that just leaves you craving for more.
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Ristorante Va.Do.
56 Via Braccio da Montone
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Head to VA.DO AL PIGNETO, a chic and vintage locale that boasts 1930s Neapolitan chairs, Provençal mirrors and artisan tables that will immediately catch any artistic eye. The lighting and the cozy, effortless setting makes this experience even more cinematic. If you’re a foodie VA.DO AL PIGNETO’s creative spring menu is just what you need. Try the vado e tonno, red tuna in scalded leek leaves and soy sauce that just leaves you craving for more.
An Italian style bistro, yet inspired by some of the bars in NYC, ‘na Cosetta adds a cultural jazz, indie and swing element to the already thriving nightlife of the ‘quartiere’. To accompany your live music experience, why not capitalise on the venue’s enogastronomic menu, which truly showcases all Italian wining and dining has to offer. On saturdays ‘Na Cosetta takes you back to traditional Italian roots with their “Pranzo della Nonna”.
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'na cosetta
54/A Via Ettore Giovenale
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An Italian style bistro, yet inspired by some of the bars in NYC, ‘na Cosetta adds a cultural jazz, indie and swing element to the already thriving nightlife of the ‘quartiere’. To accompany your live music experience, why not capitalise on the venue’s enogastronomic menu, which truly showcases all Italian wining and dining has to offer. On saturdays ‘Na Cosetta takes you back to traditional Italian roots with their “Pranzo della Nonna”.
Outside the recently opened Metro C station, you can find La Bottiglieria. Commuters would enjoy from 7 am a home-made breakfast more varied than most places in the city centre. Brunch at nooon, then way through till midnight German beers on tap, multitudinous wines (including ‘biological’ ones) plus ports from Portugal. Inside the place is mellowed by vintage-looking sofas, active-looking bookshelves, and, yeah, a jukebox; Donna Summer, the Beegees or Elvis singing ‘O sole Mio’ all wait to be given a spin.
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Bottiglieria Pigneto
106/a Via del Pigneto
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Outside the recently opened Metro C station, you can find La Bottiglieria. Commuters would enjoy from 7 am a home-made breakfast more varied than most places in the city centre. Brunch at nooon, then way through till midnight German beers on tap, multitudinous wines (including ‘biological’ ones) plus ports from Portugal. Inside the place is mellowed by vintage-looking sofas, active-looking bookshelves, and, yeah, a jukebox; Donna Summer, the Beegees or Elvis singing ‘O sole Mio’ all wait to be given a spin.
With no flashy signs – or, in fact, almost any superfluous decoration – you’d be forgiven for passing La Gelateria del Pigneto without a second glance. Inside this unassuming shop, though, is one of Rome’s most interesting selections of gelato. Small in number but big on taste, the flavours change with the seasons and feature unusual ingredients such as violet, rose, jasmine and uva fragola – literally translating to ‘strawberry-grape’, this variety of grape has a sweet, summery taste.
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Gelateria del Pigneto
11 Via Pesaro
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With no flashy signs – or, in fact, almost any superfluous decoration – you’d be forgiven for passing La Gelateria del Pigneto without a second glance. Inside this unassuming shop, though, is one of Rome’s most interesting selections of gelato. Small in number but big on taste, the flavours change with the seasons and feature unusual ingredients such as violet, rose, jasmine and uva fragola – literally translating to ‘strawberry-grape’, this variety of grape has a sweet, summery taste.
Go beyond carbonara and amatriciana and discover the different cuisines brought to Rome by its large immigrant population. There are a number of Ethiopian restaurants in the city but Mesob, tucked away on Via Prenestina, is widely considered the best. Opt for one of the sharing platters that feature slow-cooked meats, braised vegetables, and richly spiced lentils, all served atop traditional injera – use this spongy flatbread to scoop up the flavoursome food.
Mesob Restaurant
118 Via Prenestina
Go beyond carbonara and amatriciana and discover the different cuisines brought to Rome by its large immigrant population. There are a number of Ethiopian restaurants in the city but Mesob, tucked away on Via Prenestina, is widely considered the best. Opt for one of the sharing platters that feature slow-cooked meats, braised vegetables, and richly spiced lentils, all served atop traditional injera – use this spongy flatbread to scoop up the flavoursome food.
Pigneto Quarantuno, named for its number guarantees a good meal at a great price. It excels at Roman dishes while adding a subtle twist to the classics: Roman artichokes are stuffed with cod and potatoes and tagliolini noodles are served with turnip greens, anchovies and breadcrumbs. Hearty and satisfying without being heavy, Pigneto Quarantuno hits all of the right nails on the head and is a great go to for any occasion.
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Pigneto Quarantuno
41 Via del Pigneto
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Pigneto Quarantuno, named for its number guarantees a good meal at a great price. It excels at Roman dishes while adding a subtle twist to the classics: Roman artichokes are stuffed with cod and potatoes and tagliolini noodles are served with turnip greens, anchovies and breadcrumbs. Hearty and satisfying without being heavy, Pigneto Quarantuno hits all of the right nails on the head and is a great go to for any occasion.
Almost directly in front of Opulentia you’ll find no-frills Greek joint Kalapà which serves up scrumptious stuffed potatoes. For under €6 you can eat your fill of potatoes loaded with Mediterranean ingredients, including the Koriatiki. Kalapà also has a variety of gyros and souvlaki if you’re after other foods.
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Kalapà
17a/b Via Ascoli Piceno
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Almost directly in front of Opulentia you’ll find no-frills Greek joint Kalapà which serves up scrumptious stuffed potatoes. For under €6 you can eat your fill of potatoes loaded with Mediterranean ingredients, including the Koriatiki. Kalapà also has a variety of gyros and souvlaki if you’re after other foods.
Many of the city’s ethnic restaurants are actually cultural associations, which is the case for Waraku. Although sushi is one of the more proliferous non-Italian food items to be found in the city, Waraku is special because it focuses on other Japanese specialties: ramen, rice curries and dumplings.
Waraku
Many of the city’s ethnic restaurants are actually cultural associations, which is the case for Waraku. Although sushi is one of the more proliferous non-Italian food items to be found in the city, Waraku is special because it focuses on other Japanese specialties: ramen, rice curries and dumplings.
So What?! sticks closer to home and offers vegan alternative of Italian dishes: bolognese sauce made with seitan, pesto served with peanuts and all the ingredients in both are organic. It’s a playful restaurant and demonstrates the creativity of the chefs.
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So What?!?
56 Via Ettore Giovenale
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So What?! sticks closer to home and offers vegan alternative of Italian dishes: bolognese sauce made with seitan, pesto served with peanuts and all the ingredients in both are organic. It’s a playful restaurant and demonstrates the creativity of the chefs.
Drinks & Nightlife
A prerequisite to any decent cocktail is attention to detail and at Co.So., which stands for cocktail social, mixologists Massimo D’Addezio and Co. do not disappoint. In this matchbox-sized venue spirits are warmed by the thoughtful and creative concoctions delivered on the glitzy surface bar. Think classics such as the Tom Collins, alongside truly creative, and truly Roman mixes including the Carbonara sour with vodka, pepper, and egg.
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Cocktails & Social CO.SO.
80 Via Braccio da Montone
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A prerequisite to any decent cocktail is attention to detail and at Co.So., which stands for cocktail social, mixologists Massimo D’Addezio and Co. do not disappoint. In this matchbox-sized venue spirits are warmed by the thoughtful and creative concoctions delivered on the glitzy surface bar. Think classics such as the Tom Collins, alongside truly creative, and truly Roman mixes including the Carbonara sour with vodka, pepper, and egg.
In the evening, from the Premiata Panineria, find the door leading to Spirito, the in-house speakeasy equipped with roulette, a terrace and a quirky cocktail list. In summer the rooftop turns into a Hawaiian kiosk, where drinks and music get a tropical twist and aperitivo nibbles are provided by the underground Panineria.
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Spirito
53 Via Fanfulla da Lodi
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In the evening, from the Premiata Panineria, find the door leading to Spirito, the in-house speakeasy equipped with roulette, a terrace and a quirky cocktail list. In summer the rooftop turns into a Hawaiian kiosk, where drinks and music get a tropical twist and aperitivo nibbles are provided by the underground Panineria.
Promotes underground culture by welcoming a rich mix of DJs and live bands. Punk, rock, funk, pop and electro acts regularly appear in the monthly programme, while occasional independent cinema events also take place. Formerly housed in a much bigger venue, Fanfulla’s current space offers an intimate atmosphere which hasn’t affected its commitment to Rome’s underground art scene. Open daily until 3am, a membership card is required to enter.
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Fanfulla 5/a
5/a Via Fanfulla da Lodi
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Promotes underground culture by welcoming a rich mix of DJs and live bands. Punk, rock, funk, pop and electro acts regularly appear in the monthly programme, while occasional independent cinema events also take place. Formerly housed in a much bigger venue, Fanfulla’s current space offers an intimate atmosphere which hasn’t affected its commitment to Rome’s underground art scene. Open daily until 3am, a membership card is required to enter.
When you walk into this funky cafè it feels like you’re hanging out in your friend’s livingroom. Its comfy couches, lounge chairs and tables give it a cool atmosphere. People are always lounging here at all hours of the day whether it be for cappuccino and cornetto in the morning or for a light lunch or for their aperitivo. The cafè also has an extensive collection of vinyl records where you can request and pick your own music to play.
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YEAH Pigneto
41/45 Via Giovanni de Agostini
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When you walk into this funky cafè it feels like you’re hanging out in your friend’s livingroom. Its comfy couches, lounge chairs and tables give it a cool atmosphere. People are always lounging here at all hours of the day whether it be for cappuccino and cornetto in the morning or for a light lunch or for their aperitivo. The cafè also has an extensive collection of vinyl records where you can request and pick your own music to play.
At The British Corner, you can transcend into old-world Britain in this ornate and timeless tea room. Opened a little over a year ago, The British Corner has quickly developed a loyal following thanks to its yummy cakes and pastries. Its extensive collection of teas and infusions, also please palettes. Thursday’s evening, ‘Speakndrink’, gives Italians the chance to practise a little English in an authentic setting.
The British Corner
112 Via del Pigneto
At The British Corner, you can transcend into old-world Britain in this ornate and timeless tea room. Opened a little over a year ago, The British Corner has quickly developed a loyal following thanks to its yummy cakes and pastries. Its extensive collection of teas and infusions, also please palettes. Thursday’s evening, ‘Speakndrink’, gives Italians the chance to practise a little English in an authentic setting.
Perhaps more reminiscent of an after hours Berlin bar, Mezzo offers a stellar collection of cocktails and vermouth. Miniature in size, but grandiose in effort, the bar dexterously blends its staple spirit, Vermouth, into a range of delectable cocktails certain to get the party started.
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Mezzo vermuteria al Pigneto
19 Via del Pigneto
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Perhaps more reminiscent of an after hours Berlin bar, Mezzo offers a stellar collection of cocktails and vermouth. Miniature in size, but grandiose in effort, the bar dexterously blends its staple spirit, Vermouth, into a range of delectable cocktails certain to get the party started.
If craft brews are the way to your heart, you’ll find yourself right at home at Birra+. This intimate beer bar has a dozen beers on tap ranging across styles and provenances, along with a wide variety of bottled beers that include rare ales and other hard-to-find labels. The illustrations and graphics pinned to the walls are the works of local artists.
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Birra +
105 Via del Pigneto
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If craft brews are the way to your heart, you’ll find yourself right at home at Birra+. This intimate beer bar has a dozen beers on tap ranging across styles and provenances, along with a wide variety of bottled beers that include rare ales and other hard-to-find labels. The illustrations and graphics pinned to the walls are the works of local artists.
This intimate music bar, situated beside the ancient Aurelian walls in buzzing San Lorenzo, has a great calendar of alt-rock and post-punk shows. Most of the artists are Italian, hailing from all over the peninsula, and the crowd is hip and intellectual. Le Mura packs a great atmosphere into a small space: the musicians are always in close proximity to the audience, the amply-stocked bar makes excellent craft cocktails, and there’s a hangout room in the back with a foosball table, books on display and plenty of seating for in between shows. The music bar also hosts All Together Now, a monthly open mic night that welcomes enthusiastic and talented performers onto its stage.
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Le Mura
24 Via di Porta Labicana
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This intimate music bar, situated beside the ancient Aurelian walls in buzzing San Lorenzo, has a great calendar of alt-rock and post-punk shows. Most of the artists are Italian, hailing from all over the peninsula, and the crowd is hip and intellectual. Le Mura packs a great atmosphere into a small space: the musicians are always in close proximity to the audience, the amply-stocked bar makes excellent craft cocktails, and there’s a hangout room in the back with a foosball table, books on display and plenty of seating for in between shows. The music bar also hosts All Together Now, a monthly open mic night that welcomes enthusiastic and talented performers onto its stage.
Monk Club is a unique concert hall and social club near Rome’s music-loving Pigneto neighborhood that offers plenty of activities across the board. It has a large indoor stage, as well as an ample outdoor garden area that hosts events, film screenings and music shows in the summer months. You’ll love Monk Club if you’re into indie rock, psychedelic and alternative music, though the calendar covers a variety of genres. Several of the artists that play here are international, though the majority of musicians are Italian. Monk also hosts the Rome Psych Fest, Think Green Eco Festival and the RomeEuropa Festival
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MONK - Circolo Arci
35 Via Giuseppe Mirri
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Monk Club is a unique concert hall and social club near Rome’s music-loving Pigneto neighborhood that offers plenty of activities across the board. It has a large indoor stage, as well as an ample outdoor garden area that hosts events, film screenings and music shows in the summer months. You’ll love Monk Club if you’re into indie rock, psychedelic and alternative music, though the calendar covers a variety of genres. Several of the artists that play here are international, though the majority of musicians are Italian. Monk also hosts the Rome Psych Fest, Think Green Eco Festival and the RomeEuropa Festival
Teatro Quirinetta is a historic cafe-theater from the 1920s that has hosts a select number of events and performances each year in its evocative space. Lying just steps from the Trevi Fountain, it’s extremely central while remaining low-key and local: from jazz and electro-pop concerts to DJ sets and vintage fairs, it’s a favorite venue with the indie crowd. International performers that will play on stage this fall include New Zealand indie-pop band Yumi Zouma, English rock band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, English singer and musician Peter Murphy and American alternative rock group Nada Surf.
Quirinetta
5 Via Marco Minghetti
Teatro Quirinetta is a historic cafe-theater from the 1920s that has hosts a select number of events and performances each year in its evocative space. Lying just steps from the Trevi Fountain, it’s extremely central while remaining low-key and local: from jazz and electro-pop concerts to DJ sets and vintage fairs, it’s a favorite venue with the indie crowd. International performers that will play on stage this fall include New Zealand indie-pop band Yumi Zouma, English rock band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, English singer and musician Peter Murphy and American alternative rock group Nada Surf.
Small yet perfectly formed, Il Tiaso is one of Rome’s cosiest wine bars. The softly lit, old-fashioned enoteca – local wine shop – is the perfect place to stop for a drink. Its walls are lined with beautiful mahogany bookshelves, filled with Italian wines, and with plates of cheese and vegetarian piadina flatbread also on offer, this is a truly wonderful place to spend an evening.
Enoteca Il Tiaso
25 Via Ascoli Piceno
Small yet perfectly formed, Il Tiaso is one of Rome’s cosiest wine bars. The softly lit, old-fashioned enoteca – local wine shop – is the perfect place to stop for a drink. Its walls are lined with beautiful mahogany bookshelves, filled with Italian wines, and with plates of cheese and vegetarian piadina flatbread also on offer, this is a truly wonderful place to spend an evening.
Rosi can get very grumpy if you try to use her bathroom while having bought the beer somewhere else…she has an excellent sense of smell to identify the provenance of beers, but then she melts and begins to speak. Bar Rosi is a place quite typical and cheap…always full of people crowding the red plastic tables on the street…
Rosi Bar
371 Via Prenestina
Rosi can get very grumpy if you try to use her bathroom while having bought the beer somewhere else…she has an excellent sense of smell to identify the provenance of beers, but then she melts and begins to speak. Bar Rosi is a place quite typical and cheap…always full of people crowding the red plastic tables on the street…
Arts & Culture
Nero Gallery
9 Via Castruccio Castracane
With venues in both Rome and Milan, Wunderkammern is characterised by three core values: art research, professionalism, and art market. It exhibits a genre of work with a strong influence in Relational Art and Public Art. The gallery and its represented artists explore themes related to the marvelous, the paradox, the connection between the inside and the outside, the conventional and the unaccepted, and the private and the public space.
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Wunderkammern Roma
124 Via Gabrio Serbelloni
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With venues in both Rome and Milan, Wunderkammern is characterised by three core values: art research, professionalism, and art market. It exhibits a genre of work with a strong influence in Relational Art and Public Art. The gallery and its represented artists explore themes related to the marvelous, the paradox, the connection between the inside and the outside, the conventional and the unaccepted, and the private and the public space.
Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica is more than just a feat of contemporary architecture; it is a progressive, multifunctional music venue that also hosts some of the best events in the city. Designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, the complex has three large ‘floating’ music halls that host everything from contemporary musicians such as Andrew Bird and Imany to the Santa Cecilia Italian symphony orchestra – not to mention a whole array of exhibitions, ballet and theater productions. It also hosts the annual Roma Film Festival each October.
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Auditorium Parco della Musica
30 Via Pietro de Coubertin
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Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica is more than just a feat of contemporary architecture; it is a progressive, multifunctional music venue that also hosts some of the best events in the city. Designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, the complex has three large ‘floating’ music halls that host everything from contemporary musicians such as Andrew Bird and Imany to the Santa Cecilia Italian symphony orchestra – not to mention a whole array of exhibitions, ballet and theater productions. It also hosts the annual Roma Film Festival each October.
Marta Bandini and Electra Bottazzi opened Parione9 to create a space to promote and share their passion for art and culture with the public. This gallery strives to stimulate the curiosity and creativity of the people while expanding the boundaries of art to new artistic languages. P9 loves exchanging ideas for projects between artists and the audience as well. This is a gallery that’s worth a visit if you are in the area.
Parione9 gallery
9 Via di Parione
Marta Bandini and Electra Bottazzi opened Parione9 to create a space to promote and share their passion for art and culture with the public. This gallery strives to stimulate the curiosity and creativity of the people while expanding the boundaries of art to new artistic languages. P9 loves exchanging ideas for projects between artists and the audience as well. This is a gallery that’s worth a visit if you are in the area.
Since opening Umberto Mantineo has filled it with an eclectic range of pieces: 1970s Gio Ponti chairs, contemporary geometric pouffes and Sicilian-made ceramics he has designed. Like its young owner (an architect by profession) the airy shop is relaxed yet elegant. And it is at the northern end of what is quickly becoming Rome’s most desirable offbeat shopping strip.
Umberto Mantineo Roma s.r.l.
103 Via dei Banchi Vecchi
Since opening Umberto Mantineo has filled it with an eclectic range of pieces: 1970s Gio Ponti chairs, contemporary geometric pouffes and Sicilian-made ceramics he has designed. Like its young owner (an architect by profession) the airy shop is relaxed yet elegant. And it is at the northern end of what is quickly becoming Rome’s most desirable offbeat shopping strip.
This gallery is one fourth of the Pastificio “group” that includes a restaurant, artist studio space and event space all in the up-and-coming hipster haven, San Lorenzo. Founded in 2004 in a former pasta factory, the Pastificio Foundation focuses on education, making art accessible and “promoting and disseminating contemporary art.
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Fondazione Pastificio Cerere
1 Via degli Ausoni
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This gallery is one fourth of the Pastificio “group” that includes a restaurant, artist studio space and event space all in the up-and-coming hipster haven, San Lorenzo. Founded in 2004 in a former pasta factory, the Pastificio Foundation focuses on education, making art accessible and “promoting and disseminating contemporary art.
Z20 Sara Zanin Gallery is spacious and bright with airy white rooms that act as a blank page. The galleria seeks to elevate surrealist modern and post-modern artists who go beyond traditional mediums to captivate the viewer. Over the years Z20 has established itself by participating in major Italian exhibitions and collaborating with national museums.
z2o
57 Via delle Zattere
Z20 Sara Zanin Gallery is spacious and bright with airy white rooms that act as a blank page. The galleria seeks to elevate surrealist modern and post-modern artists who go beyond traditional mediums to captivate the viewer. Over the years Z20 has established itself by participating in major Italian exhibitions and collaborating with national museums.
The Varsi Gallery is the new kid on the block. In the last two years, it has focused on artists who use their cities’ sidewalks, walls, or metro stations as the canvases for their pieces. The gallery draws attention to up-and-coming urban artists from around the world who celebrate and critique the modern metropolis. The gallery also has a bookshop “dedicated to underground culture” that features the artists displayed.
Galleria Varsi
38 Via di Grotta Pinta
The Varsi Gallery is the new kid on the block. In the last two years, it has focused on artists who use their cities’ sidewalks, walls, or metro stations as the canvases for their pieces. The gallery draws attention to up-and-coming urban artists from around the world who celebrate and critique the modern metropolis. The gallery also has a bookshop “dedicated to underground culture” that features the artists displayed.
Named after the leading lady in The Wizard of Oz and the marvel that joins art, music, theatre and entertainment, Dorothy Circus Gallery was founded in 2007 by director Alexandra Mazzanti. Exploring the “boundaries between New York and Wonderland,” Dorothy Circus hosts shows that are intrinsic to the idea of art as an immersive experience. Contemporary artists such as Jonathan Viner, Ron English, Alex Gross, Joe Sorren, James Jean, and Travis Louie have been brought to the spotlight in the Dorothy Circus Gallery.
Dorothy Circus Gallery
76 Via dei Pettinari
Named after the leading lady in The Wizard of Oz and the marvel that joins art, music, theatre and entertainment, Dorothy Circus Gallery was founded in 2007 by director Alexandra Mazzanti. Exploring the “boundaries between New York and Wonderland,” Dorothy Circus hosts shows that are intrinsic to the idea of art as an immersive experience. Contemporary artists such as Jonathan Viner, Ron English, Alex Gross, Joe Sorren, James Jean, and Travis Louie have been brought to the spotlight in the Dorothy Circus Gallery.
This is one of Larry Gagosian’s 15 eponymous galleries. The others are in equally fabulous cities including New York, London, Paris, Athens and Hong Kong. He opened Rome’s gallery in 1979 and it features an enormous exhibition hall designed by the late Roman architect Firouz Galdo. The Gagosian Gallery specializes on showing modern and contemporary art and has even featured work from legendary artists such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Claude Monet and many more.
Gagosian Gallery
16 Via Francesco Crispi
This is one of Larry Gagosian’s 15 eponymous galleries. The others are in equally fabulous cities including New York, London, Paris, Athens and Hong Kong. He opened Rome’s gallery in 1979 and it features an enormous exhibition hall designed by the late Roman architect Firouz Galdo. The Gagosian Gallery specializes on showing modern and contemporary art and has even featured work from legendary artists such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Claude Monet and many more.
It’s not all crumbling ruins and ancient history in Rome. Locals and visitors alike have flocked to MAXXI to marvel at the building itself – designed by Zaha Hadid – and to appreciate the architecture, modern art and creativity in general. The premise is made up of two parts: MAXXI Arte and MAXXI Architettura. You will find art in the form of theatre, dance, music, fashion, graphics, film and advertising all under the roof of this catchy gallery. The MAXXI Architettura is a museum, archive, library and mediatheque that focus on promoting all forms of architecture. MAXXI’s exhibits also serve a didactic purpose, and explore history and politics through the modern art and fashion.
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MAXXI
4A Via Guido Reni
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It’s not all crumbling ruins and ancient history in Rome. Locals and visitors alike have flocked to MAXXI to marvel at the building itself – designed by Zaha Hadid – and to appreciate the architecture, modern art and creativity in general. The premise is made up of two parts: MAXXI Arte and MAXXI Architettura. You will find art in the form of theatre, dance, music, fashion, graphics, film and advertising all under the roof of this catchy gallery. The MAXXI Architettura is a museum, archive, library and mediatheque that focus on promoting all forms of architecture. MAXXI’s exhibits also serve a didactic purpose, and explore history and politics through the modern art and fashion.
This invigorating museum has two locations that expose you to the wild world of modern art. With acclaimed international artists, a café, restaurant, terrace, bookshop and art installations, both galleries are fast becoming creative public meeting places. The Spazio Area has wifi, international art magazines, newspapers and holds events and workshops with poets, artists and philosophers. The MACRO in the Spazio area used to be a Peroni beer factory, while MACRO Testaccio is a former slaughterhouse with pavilions built as far back as 1888.
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Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome
138 Via Nizza
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This invigorating museum has two locations that expose you to the wild world of modern art. With acclaimed international artists, a café, restaurant, terrace, bookshop and art installations, both galleries are fast becoming creative public meeting places. The Spazio Area has wifi, international art magazines, newspapers and holds events and workshops with poets, artists and philosophers. The MACRO in the Spazio area used to be a Peroni beer factory, while MACRO Testaccio is a former slaughterhouse with pavilions built as far back as 1888.
Essentials
tipu lavanderia
40 Via del Pigneto
Entertainment & Activities
Gourmet cinephiles will appreciate authentic Kino. A ticket plus membership of the basement cinema can be supplemented by pre-or-post-film meal and drinks in the snug bistrot/ ex-Grauco cinema library. As an advance on popcorn, sometimes menus come themed – eg. ‘slow food’ to go with ‘slow’ films. Short seasons devoted to international directors are in the original language, rare in Italy where dubbing, often to the detriment of quality, is the norm.
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Il Kino
34 Via Perugia
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Gourmet cinephiles will appreciate authentic Kino. A ticket plus membership of the basement cinema can be supplemented by pre-or-post-film meal and drinks in the snug bistrot/ ex-Grauco cinema library. As an advance on popcorn, sometimes menus come themed – eg. ‘slow food’ to go with ‘slow’ films. Short seasons devoted to international directors are in the original language, rare in Italy where dubbing, often to the detriment of quality, is the norm.
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Nuovo Cinema Aquila
66/74 Via l'Aquila
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A bookshop with a focus on the female (and feminism), Tuba organizes many events dedicated to women, book launches and themed aperitivo evenings. Other than the books, the teas, beers and wines are all moderately priced and you can enjoy them either inside the cafe or at the tables outside. There’s also an impressive collection of sex toys on display which are available to buy.
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Libreria Tuba
39/a Via del Pigneto
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A bookshop with a focus on the female (and feminism), Tuba organizes many events dedicated to women, book launches and themed aperitivo evenings. Other than the books, the teas, beers and wines are all moderately priced and you can enjoy them either inside the cafe or at the tables outside. There’s also an impressive collection of sex toys on display which are available to buy.
Getting Around
Tram 14 o 5
Prenestina/Officine Atac
Tram 14 o 5
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Zio Bici
2/B Via Adriano Balbi
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Metro C
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Pigneto
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Metro C
Tram 14 or 5 from Termini Station.
Prenestina/Caballini
Tram 14 or 5 from Termini Station.
Shopping
Founded after the Second World War as a new base for the black market, Porta Portese, at the back of the Trastevere district, is the most famous Sunday market in Italy. The vast and diverse array of objects that’s for sale is astounding. From priceless antiques to household detergents and secondhand clothing, if you can imagine it, you’ll probably find it!
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Mercato di Porta Portese
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Founded after the Second World War as a new base for the black market, Porta Portese, at the back of the Trastevere district, is the most famous Sunday market in Italy. The vast and diverse array of objects that’s for sale is astounding. From priceless antiques to household detergents and secondhand clothing, if you can imagine it, you’ll probably find it!
A little market owned by a local family. Here you will find fresh cheese and grounded coffee as well.
Bar Sciubba Roma
27 Via del Pigneto
A little market owned by a local family. Here you will find fresh cheese and grounded coffee as well.