Fafiuché is an old term used in the Piedmont region to indicate light-hearted, somewhat extravagant types. The two owners of the popular Monti hangout, Andrea and his wife Maria – he’s from Turin, and she’s native of Bari – decided to call their restaurant Fafiuché, because they love to joke and never really take life too seriously. They confess the real reason however is superstition! The name Fafiuché has apparently always brought them good luck.
“Free your tastebuds,” is the funky bar’s motto, and both the couple and the venue live up to this tasty standard. The variety of foods served along with drinks, wines and cocktails is astounding. Andrea and Maria like to be playful also when it comes to their business’ definition, “Fafiuché is a store where you can taste whatever you want, and a cafe where you can buy the products you have just eaten.”
The chalkboard menu outside features dishes like Apulian riso, patate e cozze (a seafood and rice casserole); or fave e cicoria - a vegetarian mix of sauteed greens and creamy broad bean purée; but also showcases Piedmont classics like brasato al barolo, quintessential beef stewed in bold Barolo wine.
I come here, in the heart of the ancient Roman suburra, for Fafiuché’s aperitivo buffet spread served between 18:00 – 21:00, and for the innovative après-dinner drinks: the times of day during which patrons stop here to enjoy snacks and regional specialties of both northern and southern culinary traditions; choose between 500-plus wine labels, and between 70 Italian microbrewery beers.