Rome has a reputation for being an expensive city. It can be. But as we’re not the kind of people who have trust funds or money to burn, we do tend to seek out places that are not only quirky and unusual but also fairly affordable. And that’s where L’Antica Birreria Peroni comes in. Located literally around the corner from The Trevi Fountain & The Pantheon, but in a very quiet Roman back street, Via S. Marcello 19, it just oozes Italian authenticity.
In 1906 Peroni took over the building, whose history goes way back – the website explains that the building was originally the site of a catabulum or stable for horses and coaches of the Roman post service. It is like stepping back in time when you visit this restaurant – frescoed walls, wooden panelling, aproned waiting staff, and a wall, literally lined with brass Peroni pumps.
Service is fast paced, but efficient – and it has to be, as it always packed with locals. And that’s what is most brilliant about it – it is primarily a restaurant for locals. There’s no tourist menu here. In fact, there’s almost a German feel to the menu with much to please sausage lovers. But, there’s still plenty of hearty Italian dishes of the pasta variety – but be warned, portions are huge! Wine is pleasant rather than top-notch, but then again it’s not wine that Peroni is famous for. There is an incredible choice of beers – and the price is staggering, with the king of Peroni being just 6 euros.
Not many places, I’d guess, where you can est slap bang in the heart of Rome, in a restaurant clearly held in high esteem by locals, steeped in history – and pay less than 50 euros.
Next time you’re in Rome, do yourself a favour & check out this place – you’ll never look at Peroni in the same way again…