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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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