MONTI: recommended RESTAURANTS, CAFES, and SHOPS

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In the quarter you will find many restaurants. Of course you will find all the Italian ones that your heart desires, from cozy family run "trattorie" and "pizzerie" to fine "ristoranti", with all the regional variants. You can also find other cuisines (French, Chinese, Japanese, Indian etc.). And there are also many "gelaterie" (ice cream cafes), bars, pastry shops, wineries for connoisseurs, "torrefazione" (special bars where you can drink or even buy the coffee specifically ground and toasted by the house). You really have the embarrassment of richness. And if you feel like cooking at home, not only you will find normal supermarket (in Via del Boschetto towards Via Nazionale, to the right: "Margherita"), fruit shops, but also cozy, old-fashioned grocery stores in Via dei Serpenti.
We recommend the restaurant "I ragazzi di Via Panisperna" (also called "Le tavernelle"), in Via Panisperna n. 48 (tel./fax 064740724 - 4744008). It is attended by actors, movie directors, people of the quarter and intellectuals all alike. Chef Nicola will pamper you if you mention that you are Roman Homes customers. Specialties include: irresistible Mediterranean horsd'oeuvre ("antipasti"), state-of-the-art pastas, fish dishes, grilled cheese with Sardinian honey, an award winning dessert called "Dolce Vita" after Fellini's masterpiece, and a liqueur made of mirth. This restaurant is not expensive, and on top offers a 10% discount to Roman Homes customers. You will need to have the rental contract with you, or our business card (we will give them to you upon your arrival, and not after the bill was written).  Outside: comfortable tables

Outside: comfortable tables to dine "al fresco"

Inside: a great atmosphere.

Inside: a great atmosphere. At times it seems a museum, with all those dedicated photos of the stars.

If instead you're thinking of having pizza, we recommend "Chicco di Grano" (Wheat Grain), in Via degli Zingari 5-6- 7-8, corner with Via del Boschetto 115-114 (tel. 0647825033). They prepare nearly 30 different types of Pizza with wooden fire oven, according to the Neapolitan tradition, not the Roman. We recommend Neapolitan pizza as opposed to the Roman (it is quite hard to find the former in Rome, and you will generally have to surrender...when in Rome...). In the Neapolitan pizza the dough is let aside to raise, the pizza is thicker and more dressed. "Chicco di Grano" also prepares 40 different types of Bruschetta, a Roman specialty of grilled bread dipped in olive oil and garlic (with many variants). Also this restaurant offers a 10% discount to Roman Homes customers. Again, you will need to have the rental contract with you, or our business card.

If you are thinking of "Gelato" (ice cream), we recommend "Il Gelatone" (The Big Ice Cream), in Via dei Serpenti 28 (tel. 064820187). The ice cream is not only big, it is just G-R-E-A-T, one of the best in town! Chef Paolo prepares about 100 variants of fresh and home made Gelato, including all sorts of fruit ice cream, more classical flavours, and new ones he creates (for ex. "Crema Antica" - Ancient Cream). He also prepares ice cream with soy milk (without cow milk), and also without sugar for those who are on diet. Also this great place offers a 10% discount to Roman Homes customers, you will need the rental contract with you, or our card. "Gelatone" is a big temptation open nearly all the time (between 8 am and midnight).

Interior: a cool, air conditioned saloon

Interior: a cool, air conditioned hall

The long bench with nearly 100 flavours

The long bench with nearly 100 flavours

 

Other shops offering a 10% discount to Roman Homes customers are (please show your rental contract or our card):

- "Adriano", Barber shop, Via Panisperna 46 (tel. 064817901). An old fashioned barber shop, still with the spiral outside, and great atmosphere inside. Adriano is a talented barber, but above all he is the sweetest man on earth, you will have the impression of being served by your best friend. His customers love him, and forgive him for being a "Lazio" and not "Roma" fan (the two teams rival for Rome's supremacy in football-soccer, with Roma being more popular in Rome and Lazio in its region). A full hair cut will cost you 20,000 ITL (app. 9 US$), of course less the 10% discount.

Photo (right): Adriano with the "Lazio" shirt on his shoulders

Adriano with the "Lazio" shirt on his shoulders

 

- "Internet Cafè". Via Cavour, 213 (tel. 0647823051). Metro line B, Cavour stop, also buses 27 and 117. E-mail, AOL Netmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail. As low as 2,500 Ital. Lira (app. 1.2 US$) for 15 minutes. Also scanner/printer, fax, international phone service. A ten hour card will cost you 60,000 Ital. Lira (app. 28 US$). Of course prices will be reduced 10% for RH customers.

- "Maria Teresa's Artshop". Via del Boschetto 1B (corner with Via Panisperna) - tel/fax 064744679. This shop has a wide collection of 19th and 20th century antiques. The lamps are particularly varied and interesting. The shop also has an ample supply of various 20th century gifts and curious objects. Maria Teresa is a very amiable and pleasant person.

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