We’ll all be at the Maker Faire in Rome from October 3-6, 2013. The faire is open to the public on the 5th and 6th, offering a great opportunity to catch up on the latest in the world of European Makers and to visit the capital city.

For those of us inside the Faire, we’re going to be tired and hungry by the end of the day, so I’ve prioritized my research on the topic of where to eat in Rome near the Faire, in the EUR zone, or close by along the Metro B (Blue) line.

For visitors to the Faire, if you’ve never been to Rome you’ll probably want to see some of the “classic” tourist attractions, but for return visitors or if you want to make the most of a short visit, we’ve spotted some of the coolest temporary art exhibits, nightclubs and hangouts for you.

Where to eat

We asked this essential question to lots of people but few were able to answer. The EUR area has a lot of offices in it, and so there are plenty of good lunch options, but the Roman foodies I asked were unable, or unwilling, to name specific spots. Don’t worry, you won’t starve: we did get a few answers!

Katie Parla - ParlaFood

We asked Rome's top food blogger Katie Parla for help – she is also author of the mobile restaurant app Katie Parla’s Rome, which we recommend to help get around without starving (though you will never starve in Rome!).

Thai picnic in the EUR park: near the lake in the large EUR park, on the first Sunday of the month (so perfect for the Maker Faire), there’s a Thai Picnic. It’s a cheap ethnic food option and rather fun too.

Ristorante il Fungo (Piazza Pakistan 1A / EUR): I haven’t been there myself but have heard that the restaurant on the top of the landmark “Fungo” water tower is alright (if overpriced) and has a new chef. (NDR: the tasting menu costs €50)

“Il Gelato” di Claudio Torcè (Viale dell’Aeronautica 105): 70 flavours of gelato including carrot, gorgonzola, ginger and vinegar mean you could call this a meal.

Gianandrea Facchini – CEO Buzzdetector

He called Rome “home” for five years, and changed apartments regularly in order to get to know its different areas better! Here’s what he has in mind for our meals on the B-line of the metro, after a long day in the Faire.

Eataly (Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492): Right next to Ostiense train station or metro Piramide, the Eataly chain has a good range of restaurants inside, and can accomodate a lot of people.

Acino Brillo (Piazza Eurosia, 2): in a charming piazza in the old area of Garbatella (an almost suburban area with beautiful architecture), right next to a row of 1920s walk-ups, this restaurant offers creative cooking with a revisitation of traditional Roman food. They carry 300 labels of wine and beer.

Il Ristore degli Angeli (Via Luigi Orlando, 2): Again in Garbatella, they offer quality food with solid roots right in front of the teatro/cinema Palladium. An extravagant décor that is perhaps not to everyone's taste.

Dar Moschino (Piazza Benedetto Brin, 5): in a panoramic piazza from which you can see the entire Ostiense area and its new university; come here for hearty, traditional Roman food.

Sweet tooth

Laura de Benedetto recommends Fonderia (Via Fontanellato 5 (Eur Montagnola), a hipster bakery with an international feel in the EUR area that has brilliant graphics and sweetly beautiful treats like this layered cake.

http://www.fonderiadolci.it/portfolio/

From the Yelp Roma community

I asked the community of Roman Yelpers where to eat in the area - you can see their answers on the forum.

Looking around, I found a pizzeria called Tatà (Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 11) that many claim to have the best pizza in Rome, authentically Neapolitan - I'll be adding that to my personal list.

Where to hang out

20MQ

20MQ (www.20mq.com) is a hole-in-the-wall design store (it's actually one of the "stalls" in the Testaccio market); many of its quirky housewares (like vinyl-record-turned tray) are one-of-a-kind, produced by the shop itself,” says Amanda Ruggieri of Revealed Rome.

The store has recently expanded beyond its 20 square meters to accommodate a café, which is one of the favourite spots of Yelp Rome community manager Valeria, whose review says: “To the left of the entrance there's all those design objects in cardboard and other materials that you'd probably buy even if they are totally useless - cardboard wallets, lamps, flower pots... A cardboard billiard table dominantes the space. A few stairs up and you're in a relaxation area with beanbag chairs. Free wifi and nice young people who work there.” Valeria ought to check out all the cool cardboard products on MakeTank - she'd have a hard time resisting!

What to see

Many of the summer’s major exhibits in Rome seem to close around September 20 and other museums have yet to reopen after the summer holidays, leaving a gap right around the Maker Faire while museums create their new displays. We’ve found a three interesting temporary exhibits of modern and contemporary art that look worth checking out, and as they are small shows, are compatible with a long day at the Faire (some are even open late into the night).

Galleria Vezzoli, MAXXI

  • National Geographic, 125 Years in the World and 15 in Italy (September 27, 2013 to March 2, 2014) at Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Via Nazionale, 194). Open daily 10am until 8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 10:30pm. See their website.
  • 50x60 Giant Polariods (Until October 31, 2013) at Real Academia de España en Roma
  • (Piazza San Pietro in Montorio, 3). Open 10am to 8pm, admission is free. From 1992 to 1994, a group of Spanish photographers at the Andalusian photography center experimented with large format polaroids. See the website.
  • MAXXI: Galleria Vezzoli (until November 24, 2013) at Maxxi (via Guido Reni, 4A, metro stop Flaminio). Open 11am to 7pm most days, but open until 10pm on Saturdays! A very strange museum display that combines 19th-century inspirations with the contemporary architecture of Zaha Hadid, using numerous flat screens as well as embroidery and other media. Artist Francesco Vezzoli’s works are an intermingling of references and quotations with fragments of art house cinema, Hollywood films and television productions, and the history of art, of fashion and of politics. Read about it on the official site.

Nightlife in Rome

Micca Club - Photo alessandro ghinfanti

We asked the stylish and active Amanda Ruggieri of revealedrome.com where creative types go after dark; she sends these two tips.

Go to Micca Club, located near Porta Maggiore. This hipsterish spot is (literally) an underground space that has a different, themed event every night—like a "Charleston night," complete with Charleston dance lessons and 1920s-themed cocktails (NDR watch out for the Burlesque…). Depending on the night, expect everything from live jazz to burlesque performances to market stalls selling vintage and handmade goods. Plus, Micca has some of the best mixology cocktails and aperitivo spreads in town.

Another option: Circolo degli Artisti, in Rome's happening Pigneto district. A nightlife staple for young, hip Romans, Circolo hosts a different gig (usually alternative music, either live or DJed) every night, has plenty of space to congregate or dance both indoors and outdoors, and often hosts artistic performances, exhibits and vintage fairs, too.

What will YOU do in Rome outside of the Maker Faire? Add your comments here, and don't forget to stop by our booth to say hi!

 

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