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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Rating: 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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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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Rating: Poor, boiling hot burnt espresso
Here’s another flashy place at the EUR complex. The Conca d’Oro Bar and Cafe is a place where you go if you have too much extra change in your pocket and want something classy to spend it on. Let’s see what they offer.
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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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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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Rating: Poor, rancid dead coffee
The Bar Belvedere is located in the EUR complex, overlooking the ponds and right as you exit the EUR Palasport subway station of the B blue line. It is nice, clean, and offers sandwiches, pastries and coffee.
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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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