This Pigneto cafe and restaurant, which is a favorite stomping ground for local bohemian film types and radical literati, is 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 happy-hour conviviality and relaxed dinner.
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 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 opens an evening second hand vintage market. Here you can find old vinyl LPs, revamped used clothing, repurposed material made into crafty objects, cool furniture, books and trinkets; you can dine on great dishes and enjoy aperitivo drinks, and simply relax, sipping chilled beers in the garden, or swirl bold wine by the blazing fireplace.
I come to Pigneto’s hookup institution Necci dal 1924 to sit by myself, kick off my sandals and bring a book to go along with my sunset spritz.