This evergreen cafe and restaurant in the cool Pigneto district is a favorite stomping ground for local bohemian film types and hipsters, and a great casual hangout at any time of day. Perfect for cappuccino mornings and laid-back newspaper reading; Necci dal 1924 is also a fun place to grab a quick lunch, popular 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 enjoy Pigneto’s relaxed vibe, its 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 next to old mom-n-pop stores that sell brooms and buttons to local housewives. The nearby Via del Pigneto is the area’s traffic-free main thoroughfare, and the original filming location of Pasolini’s Accattone and Rossellini’s Roma Città Aperta.
Necci dal 1924 also hosts a Sunday evening vintage market where you can find old vinyl LPs, revamped second hand clothing, repurposed objects made into crafty knick-knacks, cool furnishings, swapped books and trinkets. During these nights and on regular evenings patrons can dine on well-executed dishes and enjoy happy hour in the garden; simply relax sipping chilled beers in the garden in summer, or swirl chalices of 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.