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A Really Really Good Cappuccino


I am an espresso-to-wake-up kinda lady. I can’t really drink coffee much after noon for fear of being kept up until 6am, but if I don’t get my caffe’ stretto in the morning, I am literally incapable of functioning in society. So attached am I to my short espresso that I rarely change my order unless I am confronted with a really really good cappuccino. There are only a handful of places in rome that make me reconsider and one of them is the Illy Cafe’ on Via Urbana. To be honest, I am not entirely certain if this is the official name of the place. What I do know is that it works in perfect symbiosis with a favorite breakfast spot nearby, Panificio Monti. The bakery doesn’t have coffee but they do have pizza. The (maybe) Illy Cafe’ has lots of foncy coffee, but pastries that I could live without (not that they are bad, I just prefer a savory breakfast). In just 50 meters, I can cover all my morning nutritional needs and begin to enter the world of the living with just a single dose of caffeine.

2016-01-07T14:37:31+00:00 November 18th, 2009|Categories: Rome & Lazio|9 Comments


  1. Hande November 18, 2009 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Is that a little chocolate hold in suspension by the perfectly dense foam? I am sold!

  2. Sarah November 18, 2009 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    True, that is the best-looking cappuccino I have ever seen.

    • Katie November 18, 2009 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      @Hande yes and it is very magical, i assure you.

      @Sarah you will have to try this place, along with the nearby panificio when you are back in rome. when is that, exactly?

  3. shayma November 19, 2009 at 5:35 am - Reply

    i am sold, too. why didnt i go here when i lived there? oh, bec i was a cafe linari (testaccio) addict 😉

  4. Katie November 19, 2009 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    oooh where is cafe linari? im a zi’ elena girl, myself.

  5. shayma November 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    cafe linari is next to the Pam in testaccio, right across the street from the church, on via nicola zabaglia (near the Pza d.Santa Maria Liberatrice-) all the testaccio residents flock there on the weekends. i loved it. best cornetti and cappucci. when in the centro storico, my favourite was the coffee at bar frattina. but this is all very personal, right? am sure ppl have fought vehemently over this “best” cappuccio” issue! i know P and A love the bar in the monti pza. i like it too, but i feel they serve croissants, not cornetti.

  6. shayma November 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    katie- as a cafe linari fan, i forgot to add- on Sundays they do these crisp pizzette, fresh out of the brick oven. you have to fight the church-going masses, but it is so worth it. i hope you go there one day and put up a photo for us- as i am missing it too much.

  7. Katie November 21, 2009 at 4:18 am - Reply

    oh my. i want crisp pizzette. now.

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