The concept of aperitivo is an Italian staple. To take an aperitivo means to go for a pre-dinner drink, usually between the hours of 7-10. As most Italians eat dinner well after 9 pm, going for an aperitivo is the perfect after-work or school stop to unwind, socialize with friends, drink and sample tasty appetizers. One fantastic place to stop to experience the Roman aperitivo is Antico Caffè del Moro in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere. Antico Caffè del Moro is a small, hole-in-the-wall type of place, but what it offers is more than worth potentially getting lost in the winding narrow streets of Trastevere.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF TRASTEVERE
This is one of the most iconic and picturesque neighborhood of Rome, just across the river Tiber from which in fact it takes its name. Trastevere means actually “Across the Tiber”. Not far away from Rome City Center and quite close to Vatican City and St Peter’s basilica, this is just a perfect stop for Rome Tours designed to explore not just the ruins and marvels of the ancient city, or the art pieces displayed in the Vatican Museums, but also to experience the real Rome and the real way of living of the Romans. Truth is that in the past few years Trastevere has rightly become a must-do stop for many visitors of Rome, because of its beauty and suggestive corners and streets. It is now a destination of many Private tours of Rome because when you walk through the fascinating streets of Trastevere, even if you have been a hundred times, you breath a unique Italian atmosphere. Notwithstanding the tourists Trastevere has remained in fact one of the traditional neighborhoods in Rome. You can visit the beautiful Church of Santa Maria, have a great dinner in a local Osteria (we recommend for example La Fraschetta) or Pizzeria (try Dar Poeta), or simply a great Italian coffee or aperitif sitting outside in a beautiful Spring afternoon. If you ever happen to go then we recommend you also try the Antico Caffé del Moro.
If you arrive shortly after 7 pm, you will find most of the appetizer selection still fully stocked. As far as selection goes, Antico Caffè del Moro’s is fairly good; sushi, an assortment of fried foods, pizzette (small circular tomato-sauce covered pastries), and a wide array of various types of bruschette (toast with various toppings). Antico Caffè del Moro is rarely packed during the week, which makes it the best time to go for a more low-key experience. However the best thing about Antico Caffè del Moro is their drink menu. They have a extensive selection of exotic drinks; many perfect for the hot summer months, such as a selection of fruity mojitos. Try the ‘coco’ mojito (coconut), it is the absolutely perfect refreshing drink for evenings when the sun is setting yet the temperature remains hot and sticky.