Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà

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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

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
45
Avg:
4.55
pDev:
6.59%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 45
Reviews by JohnfromDublin:
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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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DrMindbender
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Excellent spot to visit in Rome! Across the street from Bir and Fud (another great spot with good food by same owner) and has a great selection of excellent beers from Italy and beyond! Had an amazing Italian IPA, Cantillon Geuze and a stellar Italian sour and enjoyed the chill vibe and atmosphere. Would recommend to any craft beer fan visiting Rome!

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Photo of mayorQuimby
4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of NCCIndy
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
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%
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 -1.1%
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 -3.3%
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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Photo of DavidHume
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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Photo of isuee94
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Roma, Italy
98 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.
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