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Necci dal 1924

Necci has been around for a very long time, but its present incarnation only dates back a few years. In 2007, the bar came under new ownership and its decor and philosophy were revamped by owner Massimo Innocenti and Chef Benjamin Hirst. Now this once run-down spot dripping with nostalgia is a trendy bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The front counter also doubles as a gastronomia where daily specials, freshly baked bread, pastries, olive oil, and pasta are sold for take-away.

I went to Necci yesterday for Easter lunch and enjoyed the food. The antipasto pasquale was a delightful mix of fave, pecorino, torta salata, lardo, and coppiette. The pasta course, tonnarelli con agnello e vignarola was creative, and the roasted lamb with artichokes and potatoes was delectable. I found the pastiera a little dry, but then again I am used to eating this Neapolitan grain cake in Naples, where it just tastes better.

The place was absolutely slammed and they certainly could have used an extra server or two on the floor. It is so illogical to me to that restaurant owners/managers in Italy subject their employees to such chaos by not providing adequate backup on busy days. Well, at least the servers were nice when we could get their attention. This is not a given in Pigneto. (Im talking about you, Primo and Pigneto Quarantuno!)

Necci dal 1924
Via Fanfulla da Lodi 68, Roma

2016-09-19T08:14:42+00:00 April 5th, 2010|Categories: Food & Wine, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |12 Comments


  1. Larry April 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Nice post on Necci (which we always enjoy). We coincidentally had Easter lunch at Primo, eating there for the first time after living in Rome for a year. The food was wonderful (including smoked artichoke with burrata, roast lamb, and a great warm chocolate cake with chestnut foam). And, the service was friendly and impeccable. That was quite a contrast to the previous day when we were at Roscioli (where we’d been a couple times before). It was a very non-cucina Romana weekend, as it turns out. The food at Roscioli was pretty lackluster (despite the high quality ingredients), and the service even more so. I doubt we’ll be back, though we will continue to make several trips a week to the Roscioli bakery (Pietro, which is in our neighborhood).

    • Katie April 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Primo’s food is great. I had the best galletto of my life there. I have yet to have a good experience with the service so I am happy to hear you had a good experience. I havent been there in a while (precisely because of the nasty service), but maybe ill give it another try. On the subject of Roscioli, you hit it on the head. The bakery is amazing (I go every day for a slice of pizza bianca) but the restaurant is seriously overrated. All four servers I had on four separate occasions were aloof, uninformed, and terse. The carbonara is not the best in Rome. Their burrata is, however, so I keep going back…

  2. Jessica April 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Yeah Necci! Food was delicious. Another nice thing is that they’re open 7 days a week and have continuous hours. Plus the place is v family friendly and a huge patio. Too bad the weather prevented us from enjoying that yesterday!

  3. Larry April 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Couldn’t agree more all around. The pizza bianca is amazing (Marco is better in our view, even though we’re generally partial to Pietro, where the suppli are wonderful). We will definitely try the burrata. It is definitely not even close to the best carbonara in Rome. We’d probably give that prize to da Danilo. Pommidoro in San Lorenzo is uneven, but on a good night the carbonara is quite good.

  4. Nonna April 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    That looks sooo good-glad you and Jess enjoyed it-maybe I’ll get to try Necci when I come back

  5. Denny April 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Happy eastern! I made this recipe yesterday. I invite my family to eat. The taste was wonderful!


  6. Miss Expatria April 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    I thought they redid the decor because there was a fire?

  7. Jessica April 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Miss Expatria – The fire happened last spring, but the bar was already under the ownership of Hirst and Innocenti at that point, so the decor is exactly the same as they had it before the fire (except the wallpaper, which they couldn’t find again).

  8. Miss Expatria April 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Aha! Thanks Jessica. I thought the fire was longer ago. My how time flies!

  9. Katie May 6, 2010 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I would like to rescind my previous statement. Primo’s food was good. I had another very disappointing experience with the service there this week. And the food was nothing special, either. Here’s the review: http://www.parlafood.com/primo-al-pigneto-romes-worst-service/

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