Friday, July 24, 2015
Caffè Perù: Time for an Aperitivo
è Perù is one of our favorite spots (Bill's especially) for an early evening aperitivo, and not least because of its location near one of Rome's busiest tourist attractions: the complex that includes Campo de Fiori and Palazzo Farnese. In that area, it can be hard to find a place that feels Roman.
Don't be put off by the signs in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese on the front of the building; Italians eat and drink here. It's a real bar. The aperitivo--food with a drink--is reasonably priced, and the white wine selection is very good (though some premium wines add a euro or two onto the cost of the aperitivo).
There are two rooms--the main room on the left, with the bar, food, and the cassa, where you order and pay, in advance.
And another, to the right as you go in, quieter and more homey and comfortable, though more divorced from the action. Depending on the weather, both rooms are open to the light, air, and activity of the small piazza. Much of the drinking--and talking--takes place outside.
Don't miss the bathroom, which is one of the city's funkiest.
Caffè Perù is easy to find. Facing the Palazzo Farnese, exit the piazza up and to the right. The café is a half block up the street, on your right.
PS from Dianne, the accent inserter. This is an accent-challenging post; hope we got them in correctly.