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Take a break from all the sightseeing and stop by Caffè Capitolino to enjoy a light bite and drink. The fare is standard and simple, but what makes this cafe special is its location that offers patrons panoramic views of the capital. Although it can't be easily spotted, this rooftop cafe is not that hard to find if you just take the street entrance to the Palazzo Caffarelli at Piazza del Campidoglio.
If all the endless sightseeing has left you famished then stop by this little cafe in Centro Storico for a simple yet satisfying meal. And you don't have to venture away from Roman Forum to get here, just walk down Via della Madonna dei Monti and spot the shaded patio with the most greenery. From pizzas and salami to traditionally prepared pastas, the menu has everything. And they also have a good choice of drinks that perfectly complement the Roman delicacies.
News Cafe' is a cozy cafe in downtown Rome, walking distance from the Termini train station. The menu offers a variety of beverages and snacks during the day, and it turns into a pizzeria during the evening hours. You can also find a stack of newspapers next to every other table. Since it is in the middle of the touristic attractions, you will find it to be pretty full during the day. All major credit cards are accepted, and it has a small terrace outside. - Maria Kochetkova
This modern little hole-in-the-wall shop, located on the Via del Nazareno is the perfect place to eat a quick panini when you find yourself leaving the Spanish Steps and traipsing your way to the Trevi Fountain. Here, the ragazzi are always kind and patient, and with all the ingredients to choose from, they are used to people ruminating a while. You will find all your ingredients typical from any salumeria, favorites like salami, prosciutto, mortadella and all different types of cheese. The place itself is quite small within and there are not many seats to eat on, however, while in Rome, with all the sites and monuments that abound nearby, you are bound to find a place to sit, other tourists notwithstanding.
One of the most appreciated places in the neighborhood of Monti, Caffè Bohèmien can be visited for fun times as well as for quiet moments or reading your favorite book. The small menu consists of contemporary pastas, soups and other dishes for quick bits. They also offer a small cocktail, wines and whiskey collection to enjoy in the company of the grand piano that can be played by anyone. Their space can also be used by photographers, painters and artists for exhibiting their work for the arty patrons. So whether a casual hangout or an entertaining evening dinner, this place is sure a must visit! Reservations on the weekends is a must. Check out the website or call ahead for more information.
Ristocampo is a small café in the district of Trastevere. It has a small veranda as it is on a walking street, and their menu offers a variety of snacks and drinks (including cocktails). It is also usually full on weekends and it is popular among locals. All major credit cards accepted, so rest assured you will have a great time. For more information on events and reservations, call ahead.
Very famous among locals, Birreria Trilussa is packed almost all nights of the week. The place is quaint and the visitors usually stand next to the bar with their drinks. The old brewery is quite famous and is much appreciated. Spread over four rooms, and consisting of about 300 seats totally, they offer outdoor seating as well. The menu offers a variety of drinks and some snacks, salads and sandwiches. The menu also consists of a wide range of delicious items from 60 types of pastas and 50 kinds of pizzas. It's a great place to have a drink and mingle. You may want to celebrate small private events and gatherings as well. Call ahead for more information.
On the cusp of Piazza della Repubblica you will find this Sicilian gem, an idiosyncratic bakery whose clientele is spread far outside the Eternal City. A mid-century ambiance, to-die-for Sicilian treats and a dose of piano symphonies - all rolled in one venue in the heart of the romantic city. Go for the cassata, cannoli, cornetto, gelato, arancini or just a warm cuppa on a lazy afternoon. And they will gladly wrap the goodies in cute little boxes for you to take home. Definitely a must visit between all the sightseeing.
This is one of Rome's best-stocked wine bars. Also a wine shop, the interior is elegant and the courteous, professional service makes it a pleasant spot to unwind. There is a huge assortment of wines and a fine choice of food, including assortments of cheese served best with wine, soups and snacks. The venue is always abuzz with activity with a lot of events taking place like wine tastings and food courses. Always ready with something to snack on, Trimani Il Wine Bar is a welcome respite for locals and travelers alike.
Andreotti is a little shop with big things to offer! For those of you with a sweet tooth get ready for a treat. The desserts here are some of the best you will find in the city and have are not too expensive either. Besides desserts, Andreotti also serves delicious pizzas and sandwiches, and is great for a quick bite. Open through the week, you can drop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Momart Cafe is a classy and hip cafe that attracts the posh crowd. The ambiance is dim lit, elegant and lively. The huge variety of the buffet menu will leave you contemplating on what to choose. For hanging out here in the evenings, they also offer delicious quick bites and a special happy hour menu. They offer a very extensive collection of cocktails, wines and spirits that you can accompany with your drinks. Organize some of your most special occasions and they will customize the buffet menu for you. For reservations and more information, call ahead.