Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by nickd717:
4.65/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
06-10-2011 00:20:51 | More by nickd717
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United Kingdom (England)
3.42/5 rDev -24.7%
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.
01-15-2014 13:05:40 | More by BlackHaddock
4.6/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Over a decade ago this bar was opened as a football pub (hence their website). They have since evolved into one of the coolest beer bars I have ever been to. They have a small number of taps (relatively), but the choices are definitely quality over quantity. If you visit Rome and are a beer dork, this place should absolutely be on your short list. The same people own the beer/pizza place across the street (Bir & Fud). Ask what the name of this place means! Best name in existence.
12-10-2013 07:09:26 | More by Fluffheady
4.9/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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.
10-20-2013 17:26:13 | More by hughlatimer
3.79/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
08-19-2013 17:23:23 | More by pixieskid
3.97/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
07-30-2013 12:28:22 | More by ItinOcean
Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Roma, Italy
98 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.