Sipping coffee at Sciascia, One of Rome’s Most Historical Cafés
Art is art, food is art, wine is art and in Italy coffee is also an art. From the first espresso machine patented in Torino in 1884 to the creation of the Moka Pot in 1933, this is the country that has brought us the ristretto, macchiato, cappuccino, doppio and even the coretto for those who love a bit of liquor in their coffee. Step into any bar in Italy during the morning hours or after lunch and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Italian culture as people line up at the counter quickly finishing off small coffees, maybe a sweet pastry, as espresso machines hum, spoons clink and milk whooshes into frothy foam.
Like all Italian metropolises, Rome is home to a café on almost every corner, but if you’ve come for a visit to the Eternal City a spot not to be missed is Sciascia, one of the city’s oldest and most loved coffee houses, which will be celebrating its 100th birthday this November 7th, marking a century since its founder Adolfo Sciascia first opened his café in Via Fabio Massimo, setting up a location loved through the years by Romans themselves for whom the the place is synonymous with some of the best coffee in the city.
Now, after decades dedicated to brewing their top notch roasts, Sciascia has opened up a second location on Via Sabotino, in the heart of Prati, the upscale nouveau art district located along the West Bank of the Tiber River. Just like the original cafe in Via Fabio Massimo, Sciascia Caffè 1919 - Mazzini offers true coffee lovers some of the best café in the capital. With inside space for up to 50 people plus tables outside, the newest locale has the same retro style as the original Sciascia. The classy space is divided into two areas where locals and tourists can enjoy coffee and bites all day long and a shopping area where it’s possible to buy some of Sciascia’s best roasts to bring home.
Come to either Sciascia for their coffee but don’t stop there, both cafés also offer breakfast, snack and lunch menus with choices of sweet brioches, pastries, panini, pastas, meats and sides. And, if you happen to stop in during the morning hours, don’t leave without tasting at least one of the decadent Sicilian sweets created by the Palermo-born chef Giovanni Giostra. Now it’s just up to you whether you want to sit back with your cafe at a table or do as the Romans do and stand elbow to elbow at the bar listening to the melody of the language and drinking your espresso just like a local.