CAFFETTERIA GENOVA, VIA GENOVA 11, 00184 ROMA

 

Rating: Standard, upper range Illy coffee

 

This is one of those places that one passes by about 100 times and always puts a mental note saying ‘go in there next time’. The Caffetteria Genova is right off the Via Nazionale, and always buzzing with people. However, what kept me at bay was the big Illy Caffè sign on it’s façade. In my mind, it would be just another one of the hundreds of cafes serving this industrial stuff… was I wrong! Walking in, at about 10 to 8pm, the place was about to close and the barista had all the mornings fixings ready to go. It was the first time I saw this but he had an armada of saucers and spoons ready on the counter. Look below for the picture. Inside the dimmed light changed form blue to red to green to other psychedelic colors, it was nice. The low murmur of the TV and the sounds coming from a guy with a ultra petite dog added to the surreal experience. The barista was a nice guy, super calm, and was cleaning and putting everything in order. When I excused myself for getting a coffee a this hour he was obliging and saying that it’s totally fine.

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