Pigneto Rome district guide
Once regarded as down–at-heel, the area of Pigneto in Rome has been reinvigorated with a new lease of life. Now one of the more eclectic and vibrant parts of the city, it provides a wealth of things to do away from the crowds. Discover our guide to the Pigneto neighbourhood here
For a chic lunch: Necci dal 1924
Necci dal 1924 is one of the most elegant outdoor spaces in Rome. Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film Accattone, which was shot in 1961, immortalised the vibrant Pigneto area and the café-restaurant also showcases the neighbourhood’s cool aesthetic. Visit for top coffee and pastries in the morning – the perfect way to start off a day of exploring Pigneto. Customers can also enjoy lunch or dinner and indulge in classic dishes such as paccheri pasta with octopus.
Necci dal 1924, Via Fanfulla da Lodi 68, 00176 Rome, +39 06 9760 1552
For luxury gifts: Delfina Delettrez
Delfina Delettrez is one of the most exciting jewellery boutiques in Rome and showcases a contemporary glam-rock style inspired by nature, with many items featuring beautifully adorned animal motifs, such as frogs and bats. Incorporating a wide variety of materials, from gold to leather and ceramics, a piece from this gorgeous, distinctive jewellery range would make the perfect souvenir from Rome.
Delfina Delettrez, Via del Governo Vecchio 67, 00186 Rome, +39 06 6813 4105
For a cosy glass of wine: Il Tiaso
Small yet perfectly formed, Il Tiaso is one of Rome’s cosiest wine bars. The softly lit, old-fashioned enoteca – local wine shop – is the perfect place to stop for a drink. Its walls are lined with beautiful mahogany bookshelves, filled with Italian wines, and with plates of cheese and vegetarian piadina flatbread also on offer, this is a truly wonderful place to spend an evening.
Il Tiaso, Via Ascoli Piceno 20, 00176 Rome, +39 333 284 5283
For homely Italian dining: Rosti
At Rosti all the ingredients used are carefully sourced from some of the city’s best suppliers to ensure the highest quality. The menu is traditional and delicious, with dishes ranging from top pasta and pizza options to meat and fish. Classic Roman pizzas are baked in the restaurant’s traditional wood oven, while at the weekends the eatery offers Grandma’s Lunch, where guests can indulge in a buffet featuring dishes such as home-made lasagne, ravioli and various meats. A wonderful place to take the whole family, Rosti is a must-visit.
Rosti, Via Bartolomeo d’Alviano 65, 00176 Rome, +39 06 275 2608
For modern Italian food: Pigneto Quarantuno
Stylish and intimate, Pigneto Quarantuno is a great place to sample both traditional and regional Italian dishes. The restaurant excels in pasta dishes and offers top flavours and incredibly fresh ingredients. The menu changes regularly and highlights include pasta with salt cod and bruschetta with courgette and goat’s cheese. The wine list is vast, with bottles sourced from different Italian regions.
Pigneto Quarantuno, Via del Pigneto 41-43, 00176 Rome, +39 06 7039 9483
For top-quality food: Primo al Pigneto
Found in most discerning guides to Rome, Primo al Pigneto really is one of the area’s best restaurants. The menu features lovingly prepared home-made dishes, including top pasta plates such as Roman broccoli veloute or tortellini in milk and Parmesan cheese cream, as well as veal braised cheek, duck breast and fresh fish of the day. The setting is as impressive as the food, with floor-to-ceiling wine racks and charming wooden tables set out on the street in the warmer months.
Primo al Pigneto, Via del Pigneto 46, 00176 Rome, +39 06 701 3827
For top cocktails: Cargo
Pigneto really comes into its own in the evening, with the area’s plethora of bars attracting a young and fashionable crowd. One of the more popular bars in the district is Cargo, located in the pedestrianised zone of Via del Pigneto. Cargo features a great outdoor bar area that’s perfect for people watching and its bartenders expertly deliver an assortment of top cocktails and drinks, from Moscow Mules to a selection of beers.
Cargo, Via del Pigneto 20, 01776 Rome, +39 06 7061 3099