This evergreen cafe and restaurant in the hip Pigneto neighborhood, is a favorite stomping ground for local bohemian film types and radical literati, and a great casual hangout at any time of day. Perfect for cappuccino mornings and laid-back newspaper reading; Necci dal 1924 is also an ideal place to grab a quick lunch, great meeting place for aperitivo conviviality, not to mention for tasty dinners.
For the last decade, Pigneto has been the “it” neighborhood for contemporary culture pundits. I like the relaxed vibe, the rainbow of cultures and ages that inhabit its tree-lined avenues, the trendy bars and edgy boutiques like R-01-IOS (check this article) that sit adjacent to the old corner mom-n-pop stores that sell brooms and buttons to local housewives. The nearby Via del Pigneto is the shabby-chic area’s car-free main thoroughfare, and original filming location of Pasolini’s Accattone and Rossellini’s Roma Città Aperta.
Necci dal 1924 also opens an evening second-hand vintage market on Sundays. Here you can find old vinyl LPs, revamped used clothing, repurposed objects made into crafty knick-knacks, cool furnishings, swapped books and trinkets; you can dine on great dishes and enjoy happy hour; simply relax, sipping chilled beers in the garden in summer, or swirl bold wine by the blazing fireplace in the colder months.
I come to Pigneto’s cafe institution Necci dal 1924 to sit by myself, kick off my shoes, hipster-watch and bring a book to go along with my sunset Spritz.