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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SE DICI BAR CAFFÈ, VIA OTTAVILLA 16, 00152 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffeeRating: Standard, decent Traditional North-Italian Coffee

Right of the Piazza Ottavilla, facing the three other bars is the Se Dici Bar, or as the sign states: 16 Bar (if you say sixteen in Italian, its almost the same sound as ‘it is said’ in Italian). I walk into the place and it’s packed inside. There’s a TV and chairs and people having their breakfasts. Its long narrow locale is always packed, students, older people, you have it- it’s there.

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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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PUNT’ACCAPO CAFFÈ, VIALE DEI QUATTRO VENTI 174, 00152 ROMA April 27, 2015

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, decent Adriatic style (Pescara) coffee in Rome

I ran into this place almost by mistake, the Caffè Punt’Accapo is unassuming, on a corner, and on a busy thorough fare. Yet inside it is surprisingly spacious, and in the evenings turns into a bar-lounge space. A thing lots of bars do here in Rome to make ends meet.I had a bit of a problem finding out what the name of the bar is, as its written in chalk on a chalkboard to the left of the entrance. Yet, what stands out as most distinguishing is its bright lit-up coffee advert that they display to the right of the door.

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DELLE ARANCE CAFFÈ, PIAZZA SANTA MARIA IN TRASTEVERE 2/2A, 00153 ROME

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, very expensive low-end Roman espresso

The Caffè delle Arance on the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere is your standard Roman tourist spot. It’s frequented by everybody that wants a view to this important and historic plaza. So, yes, you have to pay a particular price for that. The espresso, at time of writing, was 3.5 euro. That’s a whole 3.5 times more than you’d pay at any old (and probably better) bar in town!

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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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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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