CAFFE PROPAGANDA – THE MODERN PARISIAN STYLE CAFÈ IN ROME

A group of like-minded foodie friends within the restaurant industry in Rome decided to team up and open something unique in their home city. Tradition and roots are what everyone takes into consideration when opening a restaurant in my city.  They decided to offer really high quality food delivered in a totally unique way.

They joined forces with a well-known Architect’s studio in the Holy City and in 2011, a few steps away from the Coliseum, they opened CAFFE PROPAGANDA!

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CP takes elements of old and new Paris, then brings them together in a brand new look, merging the style of an old-fashioned Parisian Bistro but with some modern twists.  You’ll find high ceilings, a beautiful zinc and durmast wood counter, the typical porcelain tails classic from the Metro of Paris, the white columns…and so on!

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It took them a while to name the place as it had to express what they were standing for: healthy and organic food coming from the surrounding area, to keep food miles as low as possible. The idea was to make a Propaganda in order to cement the principles.

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On the menu, there’s a bit of everything: salads and sandwiches for a quick meal,  a selection of teas and pastries for the afternoon, aperitivo and “stuzzichini” before dinner-time, a proper menu printed on an old style newspaper (incredible selection of cheese boards and organic wines) and a very unique list of cocktails/mocktails.

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All details are really taken into consideration!

What’s quirky? They only play music on Vinyl….How about that?!

CAFFE PROPAGANDA

+39 06 94534255

Via Claudia 15

00184

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OSTERIA MAVI – ROMANO E VEGANO!

Friendship…The most beautiful characteristic that distinguishes this restaurant from all the rest!

Two friends with a passion for Roman traditions as well as for creativity and good design.

Valerio and Cristiano have worked in Rome hospitality for many years.  They saved enough money to take over an old Osteria in the heart of Ostiense-Garbatella district, and re-styled the place with a hipster-y look and changed the name.

The name pick is one of the coolest “behind the scenes” thing to tell; in fact, a friend of theirs, passionate about music, wrote a song to his lover named Maria Vittoria AKA Mavi. They loved that song so much that they called the restaurant after it!

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Design and creativity then moved to the kitchen where the style is traditional with modern twists.  But the best thing about this place is the dishes – they taste great and look ACE!

Here are some of the dishes I recommend: Deep fried Polenta croquettes or Cod fishballs as starters, the classic “Amatriciana” and “Gricia” (tomato-less version of the Amatriciana) as pasta options or the grill of selected prime meats and fish.

The most popular dish is the “Farfalle pasta filled with prawn”: EVERYONE loves it!

The wine list counts about 100 different options, strictly Italian, but from all over the country.

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Up to this point, you would say: “yeah well, they’re just one of thousands of restaurants in Rome…what are they doing that is so different?”

Well, sorry to disappoint you, but the guys have thought about something really cool: ANY VEGAN MONDAY.

Every week, on Mondays, a Vegan night revolutionizes the menu as the chef, Marzia P. D’Ettore Piazzoli, creates different flavours from all over the world. This vegan night is soooo popular, that it gets booked out very fast! Definitely something new in such a conservative city as Rome!

Dessert? TIRAMISU!!! They have come up with their own version and it tastes A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

INFO:

OSTERIA MAVI

Via Fermi 71, Roma

www.osteriamavi.com

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LA ZANZARA – BZZZZZZ

Pungente, irriverente, pronta a stuzzicare….”

Charged, irreverent, always up for a bit of a debate…these are the adjectives selected by the customers of “La Zanzara”.

Rome discovers a new Italian style bistro in the heart of “Prati”, one of the most central and famous areas of the Holy City. Just five minutes’ walk from the Vatican and ten minutes from Piazza del Popolo, the location is perfect!

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Open all day: breakfast, aperitivo 1, lunch, coffees and teas, aperitivo 2, dinner, cocktails… Every single step is perfection!

Their menu is traditionally Roman. They use the best quality ingredients for the simplest recipes to makes the experience completely unique.

There is also an incredible selection of cheeses and cured meats that will allow you to discover – or in my case rediscover – the cornucopia of flavours and scents to be found in my home city.

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Many say that the grill is why they go to La Zanzara – which is true – but what struck me were the cicchetti – small snacks or side dishes, originally from Venice – ideal for sharing and with a glass of wine.

And to drink?  There’s as good a selection as the top bars around the area. The wine list contains wines from old Italian wineries as well as from young producers who know how to produce quality products. The bar is run by a barlady who has come up with some very innovative new recipes alongside the age-old classics. For the beer lovers there’s a lovely selection of artisanal Italian craft beers as well as the big players such as Birra Moretti.

The staff are young and lovely but they know what they’re doing.

Definitely one of my favorite places right now!!

– – – HCE

INFO:

La Zanzara

Via Crescenzio, 84

00193 – Roma – ITALIA

Open every day

http://www.lazanzararoma.com/

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