Working in the travel industry, I have an opportunity and obligation to see the world. Though most of my travels last only a day or two at a time, I manage to swig an espresso (or three) and get on with the party. Follow me as I shamelessly devour the foods of the land, (over)indulge in the local beer and wine, and discover new cities with old friends.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Rome: Bar Mariani
Via dei Pettinari, 44
This traditional Italian bar is the backdrop of my business
card thanks to the rustic storefront sign perched off the wall contrasting
against the clear blue sky. It offers morning espresso, cappuccino and
cornetto, aperitivi, and pastries as well. It's untouched by the changing times, refusing to modernize with the trends. I appreciate the simplicity and authenticity of it all. The owner was happy to hear that I
admired her shop so much, and gave us an impromptu tour of the back of the bar.
It was a mini museum of sorts with old ovens, mixers, and a mortar and pestle
from years ago. In its previous life it was a full bakery. I enjoyed hearing
about the roots of this quaint bar, and knowing that it holds on to its history
in the back room makes me realize how special it is.