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Patrick Pistolesi Takes Over Caffè Propaganda Bar

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Under normal circumstances I would never write this: you should go to Caffè Propaganda. (Not for the food. Never for the food.) The place is appealing in a Keith McNally kinda way, I guess. But Propaganda is not in NYC’s Meatpacking District or Soho where a wannabe French bistro for the beautiful people makes sense. Here, in the shadow of Rome’s Colosseum, it’s totally ridiculous.

But you should definitely still go there and here’s why: Patrick Pistolesi, one of Rome’s best barmen, left Barnum last month to take over Caffè Propaganda’s cocktail program. This is big. For years, Patrick has been working and growing behind the bar at Barnum and has cultivated a loyal following of serious cocktail drinkers. A few years ago, there was almost no cocktail culture in Rome. Now, thanks to Patrick and others, you can drink really well here (albeit in a relatively small number of venues).

I’ll never enjoy the affected atmosphere at Propaganda. And I’ll probably never find its food remotely edible. But in a city where it’s not uncommon to be charged €10 or even €20 for a profoundly undrinkable cocktail, we have no choice but to follow the few bartenders with real skills. So as long as Patrick is mixing and pouring drinks at that swanky zinc bar, I’ll be there drinking my dinner.

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2017-02-17T15:15:50+00:00 March 28th, 2015|Categories: Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|4 Comments


  1. Leo Sigh March 29, 2015 at 7:12 am - Reply

    An interesting way of looking at things 🙂 Not sure I’d follow someone to a place where I don’t like the food just for the drinks though. But, good on ya for feeling that way and admitting it 🙂

    • Katie March 29, 2015 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      the good news is the place has a bar area, which is rare for a roman restaurant, so you dont actually have to eat. thank goodness.

  2. Francesco March 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    “I’ll be there drinking my dinner”.
    I love it!

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