In the multi-ethnic area of Tor Pignattara, now becoming increasingly popular because of some important street artworks recently “appearing” on its buildings, there is a place usually nicely crowded, where the staff are great, very friendly and helpful, in an absolutely warm and familiar atmosphere.
In this kind of small village, a sort of extension of the lively neighborhood of Pigneto, there is Spiga D’Oro, a great spot to start or end your day. To take a break during a walk in Rome (maybe while searching for one of those impressive Graffiti artworks around there!): I consider this a must go place when I’m nearby and, to be honest, sometimes I go there on purpose… just to watch the old ladies playing cards at the tables.
Spiga D’Oro is a bakery (fantastic bread, always fragrant, and fantastically plain, light “focaccia”), a pastry shop (lemon cake ROCKS, but they also serve handmade, fresh and often different cakes, thanks to their confectioner’s creativity and mastery!), a pizzeria (all kinds of well seasoned pizzas), a restaurant (you can “compose” your own favorite meal here, with their tasty rotisserie-style food, which you can eat until late either at indoor or outdoor tables) and a bar (good coffee and delicious croissants before you start your morning tours!).
You can easily reach Tor Pignattara with a 5 minute walk from Pigneto district, and either from Termini station, using the small yellow/white local train Rome-Giardinetti or the bus number 105, or from Tiburtina station, with the bus number 409.