Rome’s Best Cappuccino

July 18, 2014 / Food & Wine
Rome, Lazio

More than 2,000 satisfied Romans, the majority lawyers working at the nearby legal offices and courts, make a daily stop at the historic Sciascia Caffe 1919 in the Prati neighborhood.

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It is a Roman institution, but because it is not in the busy and tourist travelled center of Rome, nor does it serve food or have sidewalk tables, it is rarely mentioned on lists of “musts” for visitors, and one could pass by without even noticing the entrance. Only the sign in the window declaring it a negozio storico (historic shop) gives away its status.

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The refined interior still has some of the original furnishings: velvet chairs, 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.

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Location: Via Fabio Massimo, 80a, in between metro stops Lepanto and Ottaviano, a short walk from the Vatican Museums. No service charge. Free wifi. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Closed most of August.


Mary Jane Cryan

by Mary Jane Cryan

Mary Jane is a historian, cruise lecturer, author and publisher of books on Italian history and central Italy has been residing in Italy for half a century.

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8 Responses to “Rome’s Best Cappuccino”

  1. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    Maybe based on your personal knowledge, I will go and see, but as we all know ,Lawyers are really sharks,sharks eat shark food,so i will not trust their taste….

    • mary jane

      Giuseppe, there are also lots of military men from the nearby caserma and its across from the well known cooking school, Cuochepercaso. Not just lawyers.

  2. Gian Banchero

    Thank ya very much Mary Jane for allowing me to enjoy my morning coffee in such great surroundings!

  3. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    Thank you MJ ,just a bit of ‘Tongue in cheek”….

  4. This is lovely! When I lived in Rome I was in the Prati area so will be certain to look for this cafe when I next visit. Oddly and surprisingly one of the best cappuccinos I ever had was sitting outdoors in the cafe at the back of the Villa Giulia; it was one of those moments never to be forgotten in one’s lifetime. Thank you again for the memories.

  5. Marilyn Kuschel

    Thanks, Mary Jane. this will be top of the list for our next visit!

  6. mary jane

    Cristina, I also lived in Prati, not far from here, but never discovered this place, other bars (Castroni,for example) were closer.

  7. How wonderful to drink one’s cappuccino out of a lovely cup! Thank you Mary Jane for a great secret. Looking forward to trying it out.


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