Friday, April 29, 2011
Everyone has their favorite bar in Rome. It’s usually close to where you live, or where you work. You stop there at least once a day, as much for a the coffee as for the chance to chat and catch up with the regulars.
In Rome you usually have quite a big choice of neighborhood bar, and choosing one is not always easy. In Monti, where I live, I have to admit that I am a bit of a strumpet when it comes to bars. I am not faithful to just one barista. Sorry, but I have different needs depending on the time of day.
In the morning you’ll see me at Licata, because I like their cornetti. After lunch Domenico and I usually stop at the Pope’s Cafe on Via dei Serpenti because we like their espresso.
But on the weekends, or in the afternoon, when I have a bit more time to linger over a cappuccino I head straight to Er Barreto. Not only are the cappuccinos delicious, they are beautiful. Marco, who is Egyptian, owns the bar and is passionate about presenting each little cup as if it were a work of art. Using foam as his canvas he paints little masterpieces in cinnamon, chocolate and milk.
And it’s not as if you have to ask for a special coffee to get the special treatment. Every coffee that has a bit of foamed milk floating on top is fair game for hearts, leaves, swirls and curls.
Marco and his brother usually practice their craft with their back to the crowds. But a few weeks ago I snuck in behind the counter and caught them on video.
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