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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Caffe Letterario: Chic Discomfort



Caffe Letterario has been around for a few years, but it's still irresistibly cool. It's on "lower" Ostiense, east side, a few blocks from the Pyramid, and it's "interratto" (subterranean), carved out of an auto repair shop or parking garage; you get down to the main room on a ramp, from which the photo at right was taken.
We love the look of the place--colorful, translucent surfaces, chic modernist furnishings off the set of a cheap sci-fi flic, inviting spaces ala "Cheers" for those groups of Roman young that somehow still enjoy nursing one cocktail for two hours.
There's a library of sorts, tables for reading, working, browsing the internet or, in back of the bar, participating in the occasional talk or seminar. Our only caveat: most of those plastic chairs are as uncomfortable as they look.

Bill

1 comment:

Smiley1081 said...

I must confess that it's one of the things I hate in Roma.

Everybody is always looking for a parking space, and the garages in all the buildings from the '50s, '60s and '70s have been transformed in shops, gyms, restaurants, bars, whatevers, and the people living in those building is forced to park in the street.

Dang palazzinari...