NINO BAR PASTICCERIA GELATERIA SICILIANA, VIA IV NOVEMBRE 89-93, 00043 CIAMPINO (ROMA)

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, yet distinctly different from Traditional Roman coffee

The Sicilian Cafe – Pastry shop Pasticceria Nino is placed in a very strategic locale at the foot of the Ciampino train station (South of Rome). Since a lot of travel to and from Rome happens from the Ciampino Airport, where Ryan Air and other low-cost airlines operate from, the Ciampino train station sees a lot traffic from international travelers. Yet it’s not so much tourists that I find here, but locals, and lots of them.​

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DA NONNA NANI BAR CAFFÈ, VIA G. CARINI 35, 00152 ROMA

Standard Rathing

Rating: Standard, a step above what Palombini brews

The coffee shop and bakery Da Nonna Nani Bar Caffè drew my attention because on its façade you can read that they brewPalombini Coffee. After my terribly disappointing experience at this famous bar and roaster, I had to stop in and see what they do with these horrendous beans.​​

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VOGLIA DI CAFFÈ BAR, VIA ABATE UGONE 27, 00152 ROME

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, excellent Roman styled coffe.

The Cafe and Bar Voglia di Caffè is a hidden gem in the Monteverde neighborhood of Rome. The fact that the cafe is literally hugging the Osteria Palmira, a place always teeming with people after 9pm, might show for its popularity. Voglia di Caffè is a very small bar that’s overlooking a police academy and a large state run math school. It’s always packed with cops, students, and locals. The guy who runs this place, Maurizio Tarantello, is a gem and so is his love of coffee. It actually shows in the product he delivers.​

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PALOMBINI CAFFÈ EUR, PIAZZALE K. ADENAUER 12, 00144 ROMA

Poor

Rating: Poor, nearly undrinkable espresso

The Bar cum Cafe slash-Restaurant and Cocktail bar Caffè Palombini is another time-venerated institution of Rome’s southern EUR district (EUR stands for Mussolini’s planned and very defunct Esposizione Universale Roma). There was a Ferrari and a slew of Porsche’s parked nearby when I arrived. Apparently it’s a place to be seen for some…. lots of good reviews online about its coffee. Lots of hoopla about going to have cocktails there in the evenings. Let’s debunk this fluff and see what’s happening for reals with its coffee.​

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BUD CAFE 8, VIA OVIDIO 12/14/16, 00192 ROMA

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, good quality Roman style cafe

Bud Cafe 8 is located literally just around the corner from Castroni cafe. This might reflect stupid business sense on the owner’s part, or it might show that there’s room and demand for better coffee than what Castroni’s putting up. I think it’s definitely a case of the latter! The bar has a California, surfer-ish style about it, with the Q ball logo trying to say something of what you’ll find inside…​

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CASTRONI CAFFÈ, VIA COLA DI RIENZO 196-198, 00192 ROME

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, decent Roman style coffee.

The coffee shop slash-emporium Caffe Castroni is a staple of the chic Prati neighborhood of Rome. This is their flagship store on Via Cola di Rienzo, supposedly around since 1932. You see lots of positive hoopla on the net about how great their coffee is… let’s see what they have.​

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GLI ARCHI BAR CAFFÈ, VIA FRATELLI BONNET 4, 00153 ROMA

Low-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, low-end Roman cafe

The Bar – Caffe Gli Archi Caffetteria is the first stop for most students of the American University of Rome and residents of the American Academy in Rome. It is also the corner stop for the Norwegians of the Norwegian Institute in Rome (Det Norske Istitutt i Roma) and some of the religious of the various seminaries and theological schools of the Gianicolense area. Lastly, situated in the shabby chic area of Monteverde, the bar gets frequented by rather upper class Italians. Let’s see what people looking for a coffee here encounter. This unassuming cafe is situated on a corner Continue reading “GLI ARCHI BAR CAFFÈ, VIA FRATELLI BONNET 4, 00153 ROMA”