This evergreen cafe and restaurant in the cool 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 a great place to grab a quick lunch, and a 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 like 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 car-free main thoroughfare, and the original filming location of Pasolini’s Accattone and Rossellini’s Roma Città Aperta.
Necci dal 1924 also hosts an evening vintage market on Sundays. Here 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 or 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 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 prosecco.