LE PETIT BAR, MAURIZIO AND FRANCESCA, PIAZZA PORTA PORTESE SNC, 00153 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, not bad, better coffee than at other supposedly finer establishments

So in the mornings when you’re crossing the Ponte Sublicio from Trastevere towards the Testaccio / Aventine Hill area onto Via Marmorata, you come across this little coffee bar stand. Its name appears to be Le Petit Bar Maurizio and Francesca. Its always got somebody taking coffee so I said, let’s see what it’s serving. In the afternoons it’s usually closed, so this is an AM deal.

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CASABLANCA CAFE, VIA GIUSEPPE DEZZA 2, 00153 ROMA

Low-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, a low-end interpretation of Palombini

I passed by this cafe quite a few times before going in. I like the name, Casablanca Cafe. Almost as if you’re promised something somewhat ‘exotic’ in Rome. Or almost nostalgic of some other time and place…Well… the interior was very nice, charming, but not what the name evokes. It was quaint, clean, and again, proper.

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MOKOLIMPIA TORREFAZIONE, VIA DELLA DONNA OLIMPIA 34, 00152 ROMA

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, exceptionally good traditional Roman coffee

On the way south of the Villa Pamphilj, still in the heart of Monteverde, you’ll find one of those hidden gems that you always read about, but are always skeptical if these places actually exist or not. At the start of the Via Della Donna Olimpia you’ll find the roaster and coffee bar Mokolimpia.​

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RED MOUSE CAFÉ, VIA ANICIO GALLO 158, 00174 ROMA

Poor

Rating: Poor, low-end, very bitter Roman coffee

From the outside, Red Mouse Cafe promised something fun. Maybe alternative and maybe digging coffee for it’s own sake. The barista there, who looked to be the owner, was super nice, super cool guy. The coffee however, was not its main focus, even though all the people in there were definitely having just coffee. Their website advertises the place as ‘Red Mouse Baguetteria’… so something has changed in recent times.

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THEATRE CAFÉ, VIA 4 NOVEMBRE 157/A, 00187 ROMA

Poor

Rating: Poor, exceptionally horrible coffee

The Theatre Café is close to the heart of all of Rome’s most interesting ancient attractions, and sees tons of traffic from people wanting to rest and enjoy the Roman afternoon and evening. Its interior resembles more an Irish pub than anything else, but its locale is cool and in a prime spot. Lots of car traffic in the front, but that’s downtown for you.

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QUATTRO VENTI CAFFÈ BAR, VIALE DEI QUATTRO VENTI 24, 00152 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, expressly conservative Roman espresso

The coffee shop Bar Quattro Venti Caffè was an interesting coffee experience. This place is always super packed in the mornings, and usually by locals. But given that it’s on a thoroughfare for American students going to The American University of Rome, it also sees its dose of student clientele.

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WHITE BAR, VIA FEDERICO OZANAM 86, 00152 ROMA

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, excellent version of the Traditional Roman espresso

The White Bar and Cafe is located on the same street as the Torrazione Trio in the Monteverde area (Quartiere XII Gianicolense) of Rome. Its look is very sleek, very clean, very cool. If you look them up, they have an aperitivo menu, and there’s a side terrace that looks like a cool place to hang after hours. However, your first impression on walking in is that the coffee is important to the place and they show a professional attitude towards what they present. Looks promising!​

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SCIACCATRÀ BAR, VIALE TITO LABIENO 14, 00174 ROMA

Low-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, low-end Roman coffee

The Bar and Cafe Sciaccatrà is located at the exit of the Subaugusta Line A Metro station (Municipio VII), and close to the Cinecittà film and TV studios, this place sees a lot of traffic from all types of people. All the chairs on the outside show that it’s got a lot of space for people to enjoy an afternoon coffee or beer. Given the name of the locale, it’s saying something of being Neapolitan… ​

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