This cafe and restaurant in the 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 ideal for a quick lunch, and great for aperitivo conviviality, not to mention 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 quartiere’s automobile-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. Here you can find old vinyl LPs, revamped used clothing, repurposed objects made into crafty knick knacks, cool furniture, books and trinkets; you can dine on great dishes and enjoy happy hour, and 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 sandals and bring a book to go along with my sunset spritz.