Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà

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BA SCORE
98
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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
41
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
6.84%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
Ma Che Siete Venuti A FàMa Che Siete Venuti A Fà
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

Via di Benedetta, 25
Roma, 00153
Italy

+39 380 507 4938 | map
www.football-pub.com

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Added by stcules on 05-11-2008

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Reviews by Fluffheady:
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice location within easy walking distance of much of the center city, shuttle dropoffs, and tourist locations. Friendly servers who can cope with English speakers. Great gelato & pizza nearby. My favorite afternoon hangout in Rome!

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

The jewel in my visit to Rome. This is what any beer bar should be about, like Fermonteren in Copenhagen. Great selection of well kept beers with a lot of locals showcased. Paulo the bar man was a fountain of knowledge, happy to produce small tasters and explain the beers and breweries really well. Nice proper decor, not over stylised. This bar should be on everybodies itinerary when visiting Rome.

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Photo of Redrover
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was glad to able to stop by for beers while in Rome.

You enter into a small barroom and there is another small room in back. The overflow (and smokers) occupy the street outside the bar. It’s decorated with some sports & beer memorabilia and had a few TVs.

The two bartenders were great. They were able to offer recommendations to my party and were very friendly to boot. The crowd was friendly and even ran into some American Football fans to chat with.

I think they had 14 draft choices and some cask beer plus a large bottle selection. I was glad to have a tasty IPA and some draft Cantillion during my visit.

I don’t think they offer food, but there are a ton of good options nearby including their sister Bir & Fud across the street.

Try and stop by if you ever visit this great city!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

The name "Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa" comes from a football chant that literally translates to "But you came to Fa", and more roughly means to say to the opposing team something along the lines of "Why the hell did you even come here?".

With that said, it's a sports bar, but it's not overloaded with team memorabilia or anything like that, and actually has a very nice, polished look. It's mainly wood and stone, with a dark wood floor and a dark wood ceiling and a painted-white wood bartop. It's small but comfortable unless it gets crowded, which it will. The small bar has 6 seats, and there are another 7 along the opposite wall. There's another small room at the back with 28 seats along 3 tall long tables, and a barrel that's been converted into a table (which, I believe is a promo item from a brewery as I've seen them elsewhere). When it's crowded there will be a large group of guys hanging out right out front, giving everyone a little more room to get to the bar.

It's located just across Via di Benedetta from Bir & Fud and Birreria Trilussa. I'd arrived in the area a little early and Trilussa wasn't even open yet. The bartender was very friendly and spoke English very well. Even at that early hour they had a few customers whereas Bir & Fud sat empty, and that continued throughout the night. After my next stop at Bir & Fud there was already a crowd of guys hanging out front enjoying their beers, which leads me to the beers...

There are 13 taps, 4 small coolers for bottles, and 3 hand pumps which occasionally actually pour cask-conditioned beer (normally it's just standard beer with a lower carbonation level that might or might not be unfiltered or just partially filtered). Not knowing the beer scene I can't say exactly how good the line-up is, but I found it fairly impressive with several IPAs, a Gosebier, a Baltic porter, and at least one sour. They offer a mix of Italian, German, English, Scottish, and Scandinavian beers.

Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa was one of my favorite stops in Rome, and I'm only disappointed that I didn't get to see it while a game was on. I'd highly recommend it, especially as there are two other bars/eateries nearby.

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4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Johnct
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.42/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hughlatimer
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of pixieskid
3.79/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of mrmoustache
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of joel66
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Roma, Italy
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