December 4, 2002
Bierreria makes a good change from all the typical chequered-tablecloth restaurants in the area. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting- especially on a cold autumn evening- with long wooden tables, warm egg-yolk yellow walls and art nouveau murals of cherubs drinking from barrels of beer. You’ll be sure of leaving with a full belly and a nice relaxing evening, without being in the slightest out of pocket
The simple food is surprisingly varied, and ranges from simple Roman classics like carbonara (eggs and bacon) and arabiatta (spicy tomato) to hard core northern Italian food that sticks to your ribs and looks more German than Italian. The sausages and sauerkraut make a refreshingly nice change from all that tomato and pasta. That said though the homemade gnocchi in tomato sauce– little potato dumplings- are positively the best I’ve ever tasted. They dissolve yummily in your mouth.
Another nice thing about Birreria is the staff are quite refreshing- quite cheeky if you give them the chance, the little rascals. And once they’ve gotten to recognise you they go out of their way to make you welcome.
Pints and pitchers of Peroni, a great domestic double malt, are on tap and are pretty cheap for Rome. There’s even a good house wine and some nice classics in the cellar.
As things go this isn’t the place I’d recommend for newlyweds in search of Romance. It can get rowdy and crowded, especially on weekends and national holidays. But if you’re a group of friends looking for a chilled out place to eat, with something decidedly different, it’s certainly the place for you. And the best thing is that this place is just a hop, skip, and stagger from Trevi Fountain.
From journal Rome beyond the Ruins