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Rome, Italy: Caffe Argentina

01 June 2010


Ah Rome, one of the most beautiful and charming places in the world surely. It's a pity we only had four days here because I am very sure we tasted just the tip of the iceberg of the good food in Rome. There were so many restaurants, cafes and pizzerias that we were just so spoilt for choice, and not to mention probably missing the many other hidden gems like those in the vicinity of Santa Maria Travestere. Still, I think we got a number of pretty good places as well, so stay tuned and keep reading this series from Italy :)


Caffe Argentina is situated close to the public bus-stop along the Via dei Cestari main road and was the location of our first meal in Rome. We didn't really bother to look around to be honest, we rushed into the first restaurant we saw because boy were we hungry after that long train ride from Naples. Its simple interior is inviting and cosy enough, but service can be terribly slow at times and waiters refuse to go out of their designated areas (or tables) to serve you. I finished a whole can of Coke (it costs €8 a can here, mind you!) while just waiting for my food to arrive.

Funghi Pizza


The wait was well, quite worthwhile, only quite. The wood-fired pizza was good but I wished it wasn't too crisp thin. Two things got my thumbs up, one, the mushrooms that taste juicier than they look, and two, the deliciously smooth cheese. Satisfying enough.

Paillard di Pollo ai Funghi


This is really chicken breast sautéd with mushroom sauce, but the travel buddy was disappointed that the slightly tough chicken meat could not complement the delectable mushroom sauce better. It seems that I've been getting the better dishes so far!

Tiramisu


The tiramisu here is of a more mousse-type variant with negligible signs of saviordi. Still, it was wiped clean because of its sweetness and alluring smoothness.

Service
As mentioned, slow. Waiters will only tend to their assigned tables, so if your waiter is busy while another one is whistling at a corner, too bad.

Price
€10 for the funghi pizza
€11 for the paillard di pollo ai funghi
€6 for the tiramisu
€8 for a can of coke (!!)
€2 for a bottle of mineral water

Place
Along Via dei Cestari, near the public bus-stop.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.

8 Foodie Comments:

ice said...

The coke is very expensive! But pizza looks & smells awesome.

June 1, 2010 at 11:03 PM
Xinli said...

O.o 8 euros for a coke?! that is like more than 10 Singapore dollars!

June 2, 2010 at 8:39 AM
*Harris said...

Yeah, expensive coke, good pizza haha!

June 2, 2010 at 9:04 PM
HungryTrotters said...

Wow, that coke is pretty expensive. Hmm, I'd rather go thirsty or get another pizza.hahaha (joke)

June 5, 2010 at 5:13 PM
Anonymous said...

How do I find them on facebook?

April 18, 2012 at 9:34 AM
Justyna said...

Best tiramisu!!!!

April 23, 2012 at 7:24 AM
Anonymous said...

How do I find them on facebook?

July 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM
Anonymous said...

We had high hopes from italian food (pasta, pizaa..) served in Italy. We already had a bad experience in Venice(in terms of italian food), so we were eyeing Rome with great expectations.

The service provided by this restaurant was slow, unfriendly and completely business-minded behaviour.

I wasn’t served even one order correctly.Instead of normal water (which I ordered), they served me sparkling water - no issues. I ordered for Pizza Fungi, the served me Margarita. When I told them about it, saying fine, I'll have it as I already took a bite, they were more concerned about the pizza they started cooking (which might get wasted) rather than customer satisfaction and if this wasn't enough they had the courage to ask if everything was fine. They ruined our Christmas eve.

I'll suggest people not to visit this cafe to discourage such money-minded attitude.

June 6, 2013 at 12:47 AM

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