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081 CAFÈ, VIA MERULANA 83, 00185 ROMA

Walking away or towards San Giovanni on the Via Merulana, this ancient route of Rome, you’ll have to grapple with the crazy traffic that chokes this avenue. And then you’ll have to pay attention to find this place. It’s called 081 Cafè and makes reference to Naples. It’s literally a hole in the wall, just a door and nothing else. But what might catch your attention, is the little stool outside and then, a big piece of wood with a La Pavoni little home lever machine at the entrance.

 

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D’ANGELO CAFFÈ BISTROT, VIA VENTI SETTEMBRE 25, 00185 ROMA

This is a really nice locale. It’s on a busy corner, hugged by another 4-5 cafes within a 10 feet radius, and yet it shines very nicely. It’s got lots of light. The interior is modern, with a French-American bistrot feeling, that is, lots of light colored wood, blight blues, chrome, and nothing heavy nor gaudy. The staff is nice and well, it works. It’s a nice change from the ‘old school’ heavy-set cafes nearby, and it was packed with government folk. One who wouldn’t quit hitting on the barista.

 

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MASCI CAFFÈ, VIA MARIO MENGHINI 58, 00179 ROMA
The locale is in the south of Rome, south oft he San Giovanni area. It’s quite new looking and very polished and clean. The Masci Caffè looks like a mix of sleek cocktail lounge and café that is definitely a style here in Rome. There’s nothing really much like a ‘hipster’ joint here (except for a few third wave places), since the shabby chic crap so in vogue in other countries is well… the norm here. People are tired of old crap in stores so ‘new’ is a bonus! Go figure no?

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PAPPAGALLO CAFFÈ, VIA TORINO 123, 00184 ROMA
The Il Pappagallo Bar Caffè is just like one of those endless places here in Rome that offer a quick snack-like food dish with a cup of coffee to top it off. It’s a monolocale, a thin long establishment, and it’s got wood paneling and lots of mirror things on the walls to make the places less claustrophobic. The effect is just like any other bar or café here in Rome.

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ELSA COFFEE, VIA GIOSUÈ CARDUCCI 26-30, 00187 ROMA

It is interesting how many cafes there are here in in Rome. Literally on every corner. That’s the thing here, I walked out of one café, and had a few minutes to spare before having to rush where I was going, and I had only had one coffee, so I could stomach another one. I walk out of the Cerulli Caffè in the Sallustiano neighborhood and literally less than 30 feet away I see this other place, the Elsa Coffee café. It looks new, it looks modern, it looks international, and it looks inviting.

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GRAN CAFFÈ SALANDRA, VIA ANTONIO SALANDRA 36-38, 00187 ROMA

Still in the Sallustiano neighborhood of Rome, and a bit more than a street away from the Ministry of Economy and Finance you have the Gran Caffè Salandra. It’s an old school place. Lots of chocolates, pastries, and an air of 65 and over type of joint for those who want a touch of not over the top snobbery, but simply dignified clean and some what old-fashioned setting. Either way, it’s staff of all women really had the place rocking. Most cafes here in Rome are run buy angry baristas, all guys depressed with life and angry at their profession. When women tend to run bars, they’re happy, and simply having a good time. How’s that for being sexist? Well… I’m not making this crud up!

 

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COLOMBA BAR CAFFÈ, VIA FLAVIA 54, 00187 ROMA

Just behind the Ministry of Economy and Finance, you’ll find the Colomba Caffè. It’s pretty much identical to a few other cafes on this street. For a minute I thought I had already come in here, and then realized, after looking up the place in this very blog, that it indeed wasn’t the same. So I continued on with my taste test of their coffee. You walk in and the first thing you encounter is the espresso machine. It’s the center of the locale and the point of reference. I thought this was a good thing, but let’s read on.

 

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CAFFÈ ET CAFFÈ, PIAZZA SANT’EUSTACHIO 50, 00186 ROMA

Well, if you’re a tourist to Rome and inevitably going to have to pass through the right of initiation with quenching your curiosity and going to Caffè Sant’Eustachio, there’s good news in store for you. I had, like many folk, gone to this legendary café. But always left a little disappointed. After doing my review of this place I realized that I don’t like it at all, and it’s too much hype. But why be happy now? We’ll just across the street from it, there’s a rickety looking place that is quite non descript, except that it looks like any standard mid 2000s hodpodge Roman café and it’s called Caffè e Caffè.

 

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