This Pigneto cafe, which is a favorite of local bohemian film types and radical literati, is a great casual hangout at any time of day. Perfect for lazy cappuccino mornings and laid-back newspaper reading; Necci is also ideal for a quick lunch, and great for happy-hour conviviality and relaxed dinner.
For about 10 years now, 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 laid-back bars and edgy boutiques like R-01-IOS (Check the article) that sit adjacent to the old corner haberdashers that still sell zippers and buttons to local housewives. The nearby Via del Pigneto is an automobile-free main thoroughfare of the shabby chic quartiere, and original filming location of Pasolini’s Accattone and Rossellini’s Roma Città Aperta.
Necci dal 1924 also organizes an evening vintage market garage sale. Here you can find old vinyl LPs, revamped second hand clothing, crafty objects, cool furniture, books and trinkets; you can dine on great dishes and snacks, and simply relax, drinking chilled beers in the garden, or sip bold wine by the fireplace.
I come to Pigneto’s hook-up institution Necci dal 1924 to take advantage of the cooking lessons taught here by a group of fun-loving vegetarian hippies. But when I drop by just to hang out, and not attend any classes or tastings, I like to sit by myself, kick off my sandals and bring a book to go along with my sunset aperitivo.