PAPA’S CAFFÈ, VIA DELL’ORSO 75-76, 00186 ROMA

Standard Rathing

 

Rating: Mid to upper range Roman Coffee

In the little labyrinthic streets north of Piazza Navona, you’ll find Papa’s Caffè. A corner locale that seems sleepy and unassuming. When I walked in it was dead quiet, a couple of dudes on the outside chilling, and when I approached the bar some guy chatting up the barista. He left, and another took his turn after a few minutes. Also chatting her up… They were speaking in Romanian, and couldn’t figure out what they were up about. The barista was a woman in her late 40s with a real presence and attitude that I can’t quite describe. Let us say, she seemed like she could have been orchestrating from behind the bar quite a lot more things than espresso and sandwiches. Either way, she was super polite and took care when making the espresso.

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FRATELLI GRISCI BAR CAFFÈ, VIA GIACINTO CARINI 34/36/38, 00152 ROMA

Poor

Review: Poor, very bitter scalding coffee

There seems to be some coordination among the cafes surrounding the American Academy in Rome and the American University of Rome. They all tend to serve lower-end poor versions of Roman coffee. Let’s see what the Bar Caffè Fratelli Grisci does to its brew.The place is quite nice inside, very traditional Roman cafe bar. Always dressed up in seasonal things (Easter, Christmas, etc), and people working there are nice enough.

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