ROME: Alessandro Miocchi and Giuseppe Lo Iudice of Retrobottega in Rome are not new to innovations. When they opened their restaurant in Rome, it was innovative not just for the food but also the way they approached the restaurant business. No reservations and two large communal tables were all part of the offering.
And they have been slowly expanding their offering in the Pantheon neighbourhood opening Retrovino and Retropasta before COVID-19.
Now, to combat the closure of restaurants in the evenings, Alessandro Miocchi and Giuseppe Lo Iudice are turning their wine shop Retrovino into Retrocaffè. The idea is to open a cafeteria that serves coffee from 8am to 6pm in the evening serving 100 per cent arabica coffee from different parts of the world.
They will be serving the coffee either in the form of an espresso to various types of filtered coffees. “And because we love traditions, we will also serve moka coffee,” they announced.
Retrocaffè is open seven days a week and while the weather permits, customers can also be served outside. There is a selection of breakfast offerings and they also have a lunch menu.
Alessandro and Giuseppe opened Retrobottega as a partnership a few years ago after working in some of Italy’s top kitchens including Enrico Crippa’s Piazza Duomo and Il Pagliacio in Rome.
Their restaurant has been lauded for its modern cuisine in the heart of Rome. Close to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, food is served on two large communal tables. The restaurant is not only special for its food but it is also possible to eat at any time when the restaurant is open from noon till late in the evening making it a unique place.