Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà

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37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

Via di Benedetta, 25
Roma, 00153
Italy
phone: +39 380 507 4938

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @macchesiete

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Photo of Johnct
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Truly an amazing hole-in-the-wall. The selection on tap has minor changes every week, but always includes a lot of high quality Italian craft beers - Porters, Stouts, Sours, and Saisons seem to always be out in full force. Additionally, the bottled beer selection is phenomenal. Almost all types of available Cantillon brews are here, and occasionally they're on tap too. Lots of expensive Geuzes and Sours from around the world. And a serious mix of everything in between.

Small, cramped bar (maybe 8-10 seats, with another 6-8 facing the wall). A few tables in the back. At night time there will be at least 20 or 30 people standing around outside with their beers. The staff knows beer, and the owners also manage Bir & Fud across the street. These are the two places everyone must stop at in Rome if they like beer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.42/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Not sure what all the fuss is about really. This small two roomed bar with a short connecting corridor can hold about 30 people comfortably, 10 in the front and 20 in the back.

Friendly staff, with noisey customers and a speaker system that is too loud. They were alternating between football highlights and a music channel on our visit and the sound almost defeated us. We were sat in the back by ourselves and were joined by a couple from London, we shouted at each other for a while, then gave in.

A request to have the speakers turn off or lowered was met with it’s OK in the front bar and we can't alter individual rooms.

Beer was fine but it’s not anywhere near one of the top 100 bars I've been in around the world.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Over a decade ago this bar was opened as a football pub (hence their website). They have since evolved into one of the coolest beer bars I have ever been to. They have a small number of taps (relatively), but the choices are definitely quality over quantity. If you visit Rome and are a beer dork, this place should absolutely be on your short list. The same people own the beer/pizza place across the street (Bir & Fud). Ask what the name of this place means! Best name in existence.

Photo of hughlatimer
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

If you go to Rome, you must stop in here. These guys really appreciate beer and are doing their best to show the world there are some great craft beer brewers in Italy. They have a rotating selection of Italian and other European beers. They even had a number of American craft beers in bottles. They had three real ales from the UK available. The staff is very knowledgeable and very helpful. I spent many hours here talking with the bartender. He offered me a few samples and recommendations. He told me about the craft beer industry in Italy and I tried a few of their beers that were available. I have to say, my preconception about beer in Italy was very dated and very wrong. If you are in Italy, go here and be impressed.

Photo of pixieskid
3.79/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Spent a few days in Roma this past week with my wife; of all the beer spots in town, this was the only one that was open the week we were there (peak holiday season). No biggie, all I wanted to do was try Italian beers I hadn't had the chance to try before and this place was certainly more than able to accommodate.

Highlights were the fact that since the city was dead, the place wasn't crowded at all. If the bar area got a crowd for a few minutes, there were seats available in the little back room (which I didn't even know existed til we got there).

Draft list was impressive; 16 taps, four of which are handpump; this was a nice feature, but it wasn't indicated which ones were cask til you ordered one and the bartender started pouring it. Unless I'm in the UK, I always prefer my beer with bubbles, so cask isn't really my thing; if this bothers you, be sure to ask before you order.

The beers were all fresh and the service was solid. Humble Italian dudes who spoke some decent English, all of which seemed happy to pour your beer and chat.

Bottle list was split between American/Danish imports, a few Lambics, and Italian craft. The prices for the Italian bottles were incredibly inexpensive for a bar. 33cl bottles were in the 5-7 euro range (just a tad more than bottleshops in Roma sell beer to go) and 75cl bottles 10-14 euros. Ended up trying 4 beers that I had planned on buying while in Roma at the bar for basically the same price. So, if the draft list isn't interesting to you, don't be afraid to check out the bottle list.

I have to admit, there are a number of quirks that no one mentions about this place, could be because it just depends on who's bartending/how busy it is, I have no idea. But the majority of the quirks all revolve around the glassware. Basically there is the option to order a smaller glass (4 euro pour) which I thought was nice, for obvious reasons. However, certain beers are only served in the large format, so if you want to try those, you've got to order the "standard" pour. Which depending on the beer, could be the small or large pour. Regardless, if you want to taste a beer, they are happy to pour as many samples as you'd like. So, for the tickers out there, if it's not busy, you can taste your heart out. Me, I simply just wanted to order the smaller pour for all the beers I wanted to try, some I could, some had to be the large pour. The other strange thing is that they encourage people who are going outside to have a plastic cup as opposed to a glass. Maybe a lot of people pop in to grab a beer to go; not exactly sure about the laws there...but when I asked to have a pour of a Tilquin Gueuze to take outside, they said they dont serve that one in the plastic cups. Oh well, had them pour it in a glass and stayed inside.

All in all, this place was our savior for beer while in Roma, got to try a bunch of solid beers, hang out in a fairly well air-conditioned spot, talk to some nice people and surprisingly walk out each night not having spent a fortune like I thought I would...

Long story not short, if you bother to ask about the "small/4 euro pour" get ready for all sorts of roadbumps in terms of getting what you want. I've become very accustomed to the french/belgian practice of serving beer in the 25cl format and these guys just do things a bit differently.

Photo of ItinOcean
3.97/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A good beer bard; it's pretensions to being anything else are just that. It's barely larger than a two-car garage, so watching a popular football game in likely there means camping out well ahead of time and crowd-surfing to the bar or toilets. On a fairly quiet night it still took some time to get my beer... but on any decent night, go to Bir & Fud, linger over your dinner, then head across the street and take out any surviving brain and liver cells with what these guys sell.

Photo of mrmoustache
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I love this place. The bartenders are rad and they're really cool about letting you try whatever you want. Although the establishment is small, the atmosphere is great for sitting down and enjoying an awesome brew. Currently they're doing renovations, and I can't wait to see what they have coming. Regardless, I'm sure it'll be nothing short of incredible. Keep it cool, Mache.

Photo of joel66
4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A big thank you to Manuele who I was speaking to for about 5 months prior to my visit to Rome last week. This is one of the coolest bars i have been to. Where else can you find a vintage bottle collection such as Narke Kaggen, Konjacks, Millenium geuz, pinot di aunis and the list goes on and on. In addition to a rediculous bottle list, they had an awesome selection on tap including cantillion geuz and a great array of italian craft beers i never heard of but grew to love. This is a beer lovers dream bar, I went twice during my visit, the first night we arrived around midnight to find the bar completely packed and overflow into the street. The staff was all extremely friendly and helpful. If you are in Rome, this is a MUST visit

Photo of jhwang
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Rome. During the daytime, it's really quiet and you can relax on a pint. At nighttime, it gets pretty packed as a lot of people sit/stand outside in the streets with their beer & company. Good variety of beers, but they run out frequently. I'd say probably about 10-15 on tap and a couple mini fridges full of bottled beers. They need to get Emelisse Espresso Stout back... A lot of the Italian locals visit this place. The staff is extremely friendly and pretty cool about giving samples. Great location as it is right next to the Piazza Trilussa and close to Campo di Fiori.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

An interesting place. Across the street from Bir & Fud and owned by the same people, but this one is open during the afternoon and doesn't have a kitchen. Another big difference is that the tap list is representative of a many countries, not just Italian breweries.

Good variety of styles as well as a cask offering were available. I had a De Molen DIPA and a local stout on cask. Both were excellent.

Service was friendly and quick and English speaking, which was a bonus and allowed us to talk beer in general.

Atmosphere is more pub-ish.

Photo of jsprain1
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is an odd little hole in the wall place to grab a beer near a great people-watching plaza. The atmosphere is cramped and everyone is really close together in the entryway bar. In summer, it is just unreasonably hot inside the bar with all the people in there. For this reason, I recommend getting a beer to go (yeah, yeah, plastic cups....) and drinking it outside. My atmosphere score is based on the ability to have a beer fifteen steps away in the plaze, which is incredible. The barkeep knows his stuff about the beers on tap. Only real service complaint is that they are a bit slow updating their chalkboard and website. The beer selection is incredible, with a variety of American beers, European takes on American styles (continental-made IPA's), and classic European styles (one of the few places I've seen Gose!). Beers are a bit expensive by American standards, but it's Italy. Definitely a good place to grab a good beer to go.

Photo of skimoore
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was on a business trip in Rome and checked out Bir e Fud and Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà...both had exceptional selections that made me sad I was alone and thus couldn't try more beers! My timing was a bit poor since I feel the on tap stock had been depleted after Zwanze day, but I had a great Italian barleywine as well as a Spaceman from Brewfist on tap. I didn't get a chance to try the extensive and impressive bottle list including many vintage lambics, but I will be back! While I stuck to the Italian micros, they have a very expansive import bottle list (and a few on tap).

Photo of nickd717
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

"But what is it you came here to do" is the rough translation of this bar’s name. If you’re anything like me, you Venuti’ed here to Fa’ one thing: to tick some beers. And oh my friends, tick I did. I ticked Pinot D’Aunis. Let me write that again because I just love the look of it. I, nickd717, ticked Cantillon Pinot D’Aunis.

Ok, jokes aside, the selection here is great. Incredible vintage and rare beer selection that ranks with the better ones that Belgium has to offer. You’ve got lots of beers here with particular emphasis on Italy (surprised?), Belgium, northern Europe, and the USA. Great selection of American brews here, including rare and barrel aged ones and ones that are only distributed to a small area (such as Shorts and Cigar City). Not that I cared, as I wasn’t about to drink American beers in Italy, although I did buy my Italian friend one. The service is great. Nice and helpful bartenders, English-speaking as far as I encountered. Some of the advertised beers weren’t available (I asked for stuff like Kaggen and obscure lambics after seeing the list) but the bartenders are accommodating to the jaded beer geek who wants this stuff and are happy to search the cellar.

The owner, Manuele, is an awesome guy. He gave my new wife and I some special stuff for our wedding and talked to us for awhile despite being busy that night.

As for the ambience, well, its other name "Football Pub" sums it up. It’s basically a dive sports bar and they do show soccer. Expect that and it won’t disappoint you. There’s some interesting beer decor though. The one improvement I suggest is the bathrooms. I wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemy, and I made sure my wife stayed clear. Pretty dirty with no soap when I went. But that’s a minor gripe, and to be honest I don’t care.

Overall, as an Italian-American, I love this place. It’s doing a grea job of setting the tone for the improving beer scene in the motherland. Keep up the good work, Manuele. I consider myself to be similar to the former governor of California in that I attempt to terminate ticks with the same fervor that he attempted to terminate John Conner in "The Terminator." Like that terminator, "I’ll be back" to MCSVaF.

Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here after a beer across the road at Bir & Fud after hearing they had some special beers on-tap.

Atmosphere is good. It's far from the largest place in the world and so there are a ton of people out front. It looked like there was more room in the back but I wasn't able to check it out due to the large amount of people pressed in there.

Quality is good. If you stay there they'll give you large or small glasses that appeared to be the only glassware options there, but if you head out they'll give you a plastic glass. That being said, the beer is served at a good temperature with the proper amount of head.

Service is good. The bartenders were able to tell me which beers were still on and had educated opinions on everything and I never had to wait long to get a drink.

Selection is very good. They have about 10-12 beers on-tap, about half are local and the other half are hard-to-find beers mostly from Europe. The bottle list also looked impressive with more hard-to-find beers from Belgium and Scandinavia along with quite a few from the states.

Value is good. The beers are very reasonably priced, especially if you get the smaller pour.

Overall this is a nice alternative to Bir & Fud but beware that it caters more toward a younger crowd. A very nice selection that complements the place across the street nicely, well worth a stop.

Photo of Mitro
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

First of all, the bar is in a great location. Trastevere is by far one of the most interesting places to be at night in Rome, and MCSVF is right next to Piazza Trilussa, which is a hotspot for local nightlife. Accordingly, the clientele that the MCSVF enjoys is mostly comprised of young Italians, and it does not feel touristy in the slightest.

Unfortunately, the bar was in the middle of inventorying their bottle selection the night that I went, so I can't comment on that aspect of their establishment. However, they did have an impressive array of German, Belgian, and Italian beers on tap. As my friend and I were looking at the menu and discussing which beers to order, the bartender poured me a bit of an Italian IPA (the name of which I have sadly forgotten) to try, and was happy to discuss the beers on tap.

I will certainly return to MCSVF the next time I'm in Rome. The selection of tapped beers was impressive (I'm eager to see their bottle list), the bartender was welcoming, and the beer was served in the proper glassware. Also, the prices weren't too bad, especially considering that Rome is a generally expensive city--it was 4 euro for a small draft beer and 6 for a large. All in all, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa is an excellent beer bar, in a city were sitting down to order a quality beer in a local-feeling environment is not easy to do. I recommend this place without the slightest hesitation (one final note, I believe it doesn't open until 5:30 in the afternoon).

Photo of treyrab
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went to Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa in Rome on May 15, 2010 while backpacking on vacation. So glad I did. The place was amazing and the owner was very knowledgeable about beer. Had a 2002 Drie Fonteinen Geuze and 2005 Pannepot Grand Reserva while I was there.

We also went to Bir & Fud across the street for dinner.

The bar is very small and rustic. Perfect atmosphere for the style of bar though and really warm feeling and comfortable. The tap selection was amazing and the bottle selection was great. My girlfriend got a Cantillon on tap.

Overall, a must go-to if you are in Rome. I hope to go back again!

Photo of Soilworker
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Right across from Bir & Fud and definitely a great place to go for amazing beer. Unlike Bir & Fud, this place has beers from all over the place. I saw Cantillon Kriek on tap and that was definitely my first choice.

I didn't have quite as much beer here as I did at Bir & Fud but the selection was very good (probably 20 taps of excellent European beer). Unfortunately the place was really crowded, especially near the bar. Now granted I was there on a Thursday so there were a lot of people out having a good time but the bar was extremely cramped and people were always trying to weave through the crowds and get to the bar which got a little irritating. People flood out into the street and they give you plastic cups if you are going into the street. My recommendation would be to go near the back of the bar and get a set so you can sit down and enjoy your beer...standing up didn't quite cut it. All in all it's just a different atmosphere than Bir & Fud, much more fast paced and crowded. As a result of it being crowded the service may have been a bit lacking but the bartenders were definitely doing there best to get everyone served so I won't fault them for that.

The beers were very reasonably priced and were served in the proper glassware (which I consider an essential aspect of a good beer bar).

You'd be a fool to be in Roma and not hit this bar up (same with Bir & Fud). Hit up both, probably on separate nights so you can drink a wider range of beers, and you will not regret it.

Photo of bdardeen
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is now one of my favorite pubs on the planet. In addition to having a great selection at reasonable prices, the friendliness and generosity of Manuele and his staff are unmatched. He truly is a great beer ambassador and I hope we can be as hospitable when he comes to the U.S.

Just some of the beers I remember having: 2003 Oude Gueze (the best ever!), 2006 Lou Pepe Cantillon (draft), Affumicator (9.8% rauchbier draft- insane!), Nogne IPA draft, Bierrifico Imperial Pils draft. For my last beer Manuele served up an Italian barleywine that was as delicious as it was strong.

This place is small and unpretentious, crammed with football and beer swag. Make this your fist stop in Rome, followed by Bir and Fud, then repeat again.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I visited this beer bar on three nights during a recent trip to Rome (end May/early June 2009). As we approached the place, it was a bit chaotic, as many of the customers seemed to congregate around the doorway and out on the street where thay can smoke while enjoying their beers. We pushed past the mini throng, and found a couple of bar stools on the right hand side. I then surveyed the taps, and what a great selection;
Lambrate Urtiga, Moinette blonde, Oerbier, Weihanstephaner Vitus, Cantillon Kriek, Great Divide Titan IPA, Great Divide Yeti Imperial stout, Beckbrau Zoigl, Beckbrau Beckarator, La Rulles Festival and del Borgo ReAle. Now that is some tap selection. Granted, they were not all available all of the time while I was there, but still...
The bar staff (different on each night) were knowledgeble and efficient. There was a problem with a cooler one night, and I was drinking a Cantillon Kriek that I noted was a bit warmer than I might have expected. After a minute or two, the barman came down to where I was seated, tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I wanted the beer changed explaining about the cooler problem that he had only just noted. I replied that "good beer is good beer" and I was happy to drink the kriek at the temperature. Still, it was nice that he asked.

The place itself narrows after the bar bit where there is a stairs down to the toilets. It later widens into another room at the back, but we didn't go there as we preferred to be where the action/atmosphere was (near the taps). I noted that they will sell people beer to go in a plastic glass. Another point is that they do not serve anything other than beer; no soft drinks, coffee, spirits etc. which is fine by me.

The only downside was that the toilets let the place down a bit. They could have done with an overhaul.

Photo of philgallagher
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

One of my favorite stops while I was studying in Roma. Although I didn't get to enjoy Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà as much as I wanted (a student's budget doesn't travel far in Rome, pun sooo intended) I had a great time every time I did go. Bir and Fud, right across the street, was also a good time, but a much quieter night. Stop by Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà when in Rome to check out some calcio (soccer) and enjoy some of the more interesting Italian beers on the market.

Something to definitely try while there is Troll Shangri-La Cask-Conditioned. They had it every time I went and I loved it every time.

Photo of damjadi
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Wow! After dinner at Bir & Fud (for some reason listed under "Rome" while a majority of Rome beer places are listed under"Roma"), we stumbled across the street to this wonderful little pub. Great tap selection (Italian micros, Belgian, German, and Northern European beers) and excellent bottles. They speak great English and really, really love beer!

I had a great conversation with both bartenders who are well traveled to try beers and expand their knowledge.

It was 5 euros for a 500 mL pour of just about any beer, which, while not cheap, is pretty reasonable for a place like Rome. They had cask taps but no cask beers.... Pity....

Highly Recommended.

Photo of FightingEntropy
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

For those reading other sites, this is also known as the Football Pub, which is for soccer on the TV. It took me a while to do the review since my wife and I were in Rome for Christmas, but our trips were very memorable there, and all positive except the last time.

Our first two visits were great, and our bartender worked very hard to find up beer we liked and chatted up the various options. My memorble beers there were Olfabrikken Porter, Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, and Kulmbacher Eisbock all on tap. I had a couple of Italian beers as well, but those weren't as memorable, but good. Noel from Birrificio Bacad'o was our favorite. There were about a dozen taps, and all well poured and fresh. Our bartender was a photography, and helped us find a new battery by walking us down the street to a store.

The owner of the pub is also the owner of Bir & Fud next door as well. Both open later in the afternoon, so don't show up too early. However, they were open on Christmas, which was our best day there.

One of the reasons I've taken a while to write is our last visit didn't go as well. We met the owner Manuele the first night, but we weren't able to come late enough later in the trip to see him again because our hotel was inconvenient. I mispronounced Manuele without the ending vowel syllable, and the local couple and a different bartender made a rude joke at our expense. Rather than stay, we headed to Bir & Fud for dinner instead. In retrospect, I was more upset than need be since Manuele and the other bartender were absolutely fantanstic. So, I left the service score high because I can't blame Manuele for his customers and one bartender who doesn't meet his expections of service. Manuele not only answered my email before the trip, but emailed after we got home to check on our stay. Great beer manager.

Another odd thing about Italy, more in general. Here, the bartenders put the glass under the tap, opened it up and let a large head pile up, settle and repour, which meant the beers are slow but good. At other pubs, a few poured straight down the side with little head.

As for choice, it's fantastic for Italy. Don't expect the equivelant of a top rated American beer bar becaus the choice doesn't quite match, but for Rome it's a real beer place in a wine wasteland.

Photo of RomanW70
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Words are inadequate to express the degree of my gratitude for the extreme generosity of Emanuele and the staff of Ma Che Siete Venuti a fa. There are bars with larger selections of beer, and there may even bars with beers of higher quality, although very few, but there is no place in the world I would rather have a beer than here. I walked into the bar, said that I loved beer and wanted to learn more about Italian beer, and was treated to absurd generosity by Emanuele. He poured all the locally made beers, Cantillon Lambic, Oerbier, and Pannepot, all on tap, opened several special bottles of beer to share together with me and the bar staff, gave me a t-shirt and wouldn't accept a dime from me. I brought a bottle to share the next day in gratitude and the whole process started again. Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa represents the absolute best of beer culture, a culture of sharing and friendship. Emanuele also cultivates personal relationships with the best breweries in the world (Struise, Mikkeller, Narke). I can't wait to come back. Emanuele and his staff have found a lifelong friend in me. The best and most generous beer experience I've ever had.

Photo of Crosling
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Some places open to capitalize on the beer culture, while others make the beer culture. Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà apparently opened in 2001, although I visited Rome in 2004 and never knew they were around. Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà has perhaps singlehandedly changed the entire beer culture in Rome. I visited on a Friday night and sat quaintly at the bar for five hours. I was amazed by the hundreds of quality draughts beers that were poured, from Belgians to the best Italian beers. I was the only tourist, nearly everyone poured was a young Roman, both females and males and they had no interest in beers of low quality. This place is setting up Italy's beer scene for the future. About 12 beers were on draught, all of high quality, with a bottle list of nothing but the best available. The staff and owner were incredibly kind, knowledgable and a pleasure to be around. I have been to some of the best bars in the world and Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà ranks among the best on my list. This place is very special. When in Rome, you would be a fool not to visit.

Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Roma, Italy
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