Rating: Standard, decent Adriatic style (Pescara) coffee in Rome
I ran into this place almost by mistake, the Caffè Punt’Accapo is unassuming, on a corner, and on a busy thorough fare. Yet inside it is surprisingly spacious, and in the evenings turns into a bar-lounge space. A thing lots of bars do here in Rome to make ends meet.I had a bit of a problem finding out what the name of the bar is, as its written in chalk on a chalkboard to the left of the entrance. Yet, what stands out as most distinguishing is its bright lit-up coffee advert that they display to the right of the door.
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Rating: Poor, low-end Roman espresso
The Gran Caffè Vascello is an interesting coffee house. It’s situated on a corner on the other side of Piazza Rosolino Pilo, it’s got some tables outside, plenty of shade, and lots of elderly folks enjoying the sun. Because of the plaza and the cross-streets, it’s in a great place to thrive as a business.
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Rating: Standard, very expensive low-end Roman espresso
The Caffè delle Arance on the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere is your standard Roman tourist spot. It’s frequented by everybody that wants a view to this important and historic plaza. So, yes, you have to pay a particular price for that. The espresso, at time of writing, was 3.5 euro. That’s a whole 3.5 times more than you’d pay at any old (and probably better) bar in town!
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Rating: Standard, decent brew of ‘illy’ coffee
The Caffè Donna Olimpia is a very frequented cafe. It’s got a clean, good looking interior, packed with different things to eat, drink (quite a variety of wines), and has a very Roman-Italian feel to it. The people working there are very nice. This is a place that you can comfortably go and have a coffee and hang out.
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Rating: Poor, exceptionally bad Roman coffee
Yes, you read it right Cafffè Camerino has three- one F, two F, three F’s- in its name.This is a great old-time marketing ploy to get you to remember the coffee there. I was drawn to it by all the positive reviews I’ve read… However, and again as with other cafes I’ll review here, it seems few folks are actually “tasting” the espresso served there. Or they might not have ever tasted a true artisan roasted espresso before! I was disappointed by what’s served here, especially given the potential of this place to excel at what they do!
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Rating: Standard, decent Traditional Roman coffee
The Bar Glorioso is a small, nice place situated a block away from the Viale Trastevere, and behind the Ministry of Instruction, thus it gets lots of traffic from some very nicely dressed bureaucrats. It’s worth stopping by just for this.
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Rating: Poor, horrible coffee served on disgustingly dirty cup
This is one of those other bars that I unfortunately met with disappointment. Caffè Trastevere is on the Viale Trastevere, on a very busy avenue and facing you as you head towards the Garibaldi bridge. There’s something traditional and charming about its interior which was always begging me to come in and rest for some coffee. I finally took the opportunity to try it, and was very disappointed. Let me explain why.
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Rating: Good, as close as I’ve gotten to Third Wave coffee in Italy!
Here’s a nice surprise, a very nice surprise if you happen to be south of Rome, quite south of Rome on your way to Cassino, or simply exploring small towns in the Lazio area. In the beautiful town of Isola del Liri (Fr) you’ll find Caffè Martino. I saw from the window that they had an Astoria machine, and the interior looked very inviting. Man what a great surprise!
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Rating: Poor, rancid dead coffee
The Bar Belvedere is located in the EUR complex, overlooking the ponds and right as you exit the EUR Palasport subway station of the B blue line. It is nice, clean, and offers sandwiches, pastries and coffee.
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Rating: Standard, good quality Traditional Roman espresso
Here’s an interesting place right at the foot of the Doria Pamphilj park, in the middle of the Monteverde area. The café is called Gran Caffè Ottavilla, or as the pictures show, Bar Ottavilla. It takes its name from the plaza it overlooks, a plaza that is more a parking lot than anything else.
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