5 Things to Eat and Drink in Rome and Florence
Via Flavia 98, Roma, Italy
+39 06 4202 0924
It's hard to find a seat at this fast-paced pizzeria because literally there are none. Customers crowd against a glass display of freshly assembled pizzas, raw and ready to be fired up in the oven. Here the staff are friendly but fast and their efficient assembly line of prep, bake, box, and serve in roughly five minutes flat, delivers pizzas that taste anything but rushed. Though the local lunch crowd seems to favor the classic caprese with whole leaves of basil, vine ripe tomatoes, and little balls of buffalo mozzarella, we found ourselves eating more slices of the Greek-style pizza with spinach, goat cheese, olives, raisins, and pine nuts.
Sant'Eustachio Il Caffè
Piazza di Sant'Eustachio, 82
+39 06 6880 2048
Sant'Eustachio Il Caffè has been catering to cultured coffee-lovers since 1938. Located just around the corner from the Pantheon, this historic coffee shop offers limited seating out front and standing room only inside. Although in our opinion, standing at the coffee bar, sipping your cappuccino is really the prime position for soaking in the surroundings: the feverish energy of the baristas and their caffeinated clientele, the coffee roasting relics hanging from the wall, and the original tile mosaic of the stag on the entrance floor.
Of course, there is one downside to this drip-coffee destination. After Sant'Eustachio, every cappuccino henceforth will seem like crap in a cup.