Café Review: Vivi Bistrot, Rome

Vivi Bistrot

Vivi Bistrot

Pamphili park in Rome is a relaxing haven to wander around, even as the weather is cooling down. The dense treetop canopy and winding paths provide a little escape from the chaos of central Rome. Whats more, after a morning wander, you can stop by the park’s café for a buffet lunch.

Vivi Bistrot

Vivi Bistrot

Vivi Bistrot sits on the park’s highest point, on the villa side of the park. Their daily lunchtime buffet (€12 to pile your plate as high as you can + €3.50 for seconds) is a healthy and hearty spread of Italian and foreigndishes using top quality organic foods. On the day I went, there was mushroom and sausage bucatini pasta, oriental rice, spiced couscous, pan-fried potatoes with bacon, pork polpette (meatballs) in a creamy tomato sauce, green beans, barley salad, tuna and mixed leaf salad, spinach and ricotta tart, fresh ricotta cheese, and a selection of dips and breads. Dishes use seasonal ingredients and change accordingly.

Vivi Bistrot lunchtime buffet

Vivi Bistrot lunchtime buffet

Vivi Bistrot lunchtime buffet

Vivi Bistrot lunchtime buffet

Table setting

Table setting

Artisanal house-made fresh ricotta

Artisanal house-made fresh ricotta

The ricotta cheese was the shining star of the buffet. It was absolutely sublime; light, smooth, fresh and drizzled with an aromatic pesto. I smothered it over everything, both bread and the individual dish, and even ate huge wedged by themselves!

Polpette

Polpette

The polpette were another of my favourites; little balls of succulent pork, flecked with herbs and tossed in a creamy, spiced tomato sauce.

My plate

My plate

Sat in the gorgeous sunshine

Sat in the gorgeous sunshine

Sitting in the crisp sunshine was lovely. After I had finished eating, I relaxed with a glass of wine and read my book for almost an hour. Who needs an expensive day at the spa?

Vivi Bistrot

Ingresso di Via Vitellia, 102

00152

Rome

T: +39 (0)6 5827540

www.vivibistrot.com

Buffet lunch served Mon-Fri

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