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Mazzer Grinder in Rome

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?
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.
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.

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.

 

Cerulli Caffe, Via Giosue Carducci 14, 00187 Roma

The Cerulli Caffè is in the Sallustiano Rione of Rome, a skip away from Termini station, and a skip away from a dozen other cafes, like all places of Rome. What sets this place apart from some of the other sandwich type places in this area is that it’s got a big seating and restaurant type area. Besides this, it was decked with a 1980s type mirror and wood paneling décor, that is reflective of Rome’s 1970s-80s bar boom period.

CARRA CAFFÈ, VIA 20 SETTEMBRE 24, 00187 ROMA

The Carra Caffè, or more commonly known by locals as the ‘Snack Bar Tabacchi’, or the ultra generic name for ‘café’ here in Rome, is right next door to a newer and preppier, and for some, cooler café. But whatever, it means that the younger, preppier, and wannabe yuppies of Rome go there, and the normal working folk go here. I walked in and I got very nice courteous service. It’s a mono-locale, with a shallow space inside. You walk in and you almost run into the counter. Here you have a counter with lots of food and two baristas kicking out the sandwiches and cafes.

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