As in the description, this is the simple café I go to for an easy coffee when working, a glass of wine with friends, or just to have a little break when I’m around the city.
Via Celsa is pedestrian only, so the street is occupied with tables and there is competition for space between Circolo and the bar across the street – a rivalry that has been going on for years.
Circolo’s tables are plain compared with the fancy furniture of the rival, but I prefer substance over style: I am a faithful client of Circolo degli Artisti because I can feel that here everything is about the guest!
Thanks to the silent war between the cafes the prices are very reasonable, so I can stop here for a fresh sandwich, small pastries, or sit down for an aperitif – and always be surprised by how much food I get. If I am in the area for breakfast I can treat myself to a very cheap coffee and pastries for € 1.20 – a result of the price war between the cafes – for the joy of our wallets.
From my sunny spot I watch the fancy tables of the opponent bar – it seems nice, but between the smile of the elegant waiters of the “enemies”, I do not see the heartwarming passion of the young guys who run Circolo: they will cheer when you come back, put a chocolate next to your coffee, turn up the music for a good mood.
Circolo degli Artisti | Coffee & tea, Snacks | Coffee & pasties € 1.20
via Celsa 3
Mon – Thu 06:30 – 22:30, Fri – Sat 24 hours, Sun 10:00 – 18:00