MARTINO CAFFÈ, CORSO ROMA 24, ISOLA DEL LIRI 03036 (FR)

Very good Roman coffee

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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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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