"Caffe Greco" oil painting by Valerio Cugia
Yes, after all these years I finally discovered Rome's very best cappuccino! And to think I lived close by for 7 years but was unaware of the existence of this tiny caffe that serves coffee, only coffee, and makes the absolutely best cappuccino in the city.
Forget about Tazza d'Oro and San Eustachio, the haughty barmen and overpriced table service.
|price list at Sciascia (click to enlarge and read)
Back in the 70s there was no internet, Facebook or apps that spread the word or made comparisons about value for money. Every Roman street corner had a bar or cafe and residents did not explore the city searching for the perfect caffe , rather when they felt a longing for a mid morning caffe, they just popped in to the closest bar.
It seems that Roman lawyers and judges were in the know all along, but weren't telling anyone, for more than 2,000 satisfied customers, mostly lawyers working at the nearby legal offices and courts, make their daily coffee break at the historic Sciascia Caffe 1919 in the Prati neighborhood.
It is a Roman institution, but because it is not in the touristy center of Rome, nor does it serve food or have sidewalk tables, it is rarely mentioned on lists of “musts” for visitors.
One could pass by without noticing the entrance at Via Fabio Massimo 80a.
Only the sign in the window declaring it a negozio storico (historic shop) gives away its status.
The refined interior still has some of the original velvet chairs and a vintage leather sofa, wooden ceilings and tiny tables that make a statement of elegance from bygone days.
Rome’s best cappuccino is served in delicate Richard Ginori porcelain cups with silver spoons.
|with Valeria at Cuochepercaso
The barista at Sciascia1919 is friendly and proud of his coffee making skills. He is backed up by Giulia who speaks some English. There is no service charge, you order and pick up your drink from the bancone and then if there is space, relax at one of the tiny tables. There is free wifi and a clean toliette.
Sciascia is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. because that is when the clientele is in the area and because the law offices and courts take holidays in August, they are also closed most of that month.