I love nothing more than going to a matinee on a weekend afternoon. I have the feeling that I am getting away with something when I emerge from the dark theater, slightly disoriented into a bright sunny afternoon. Finding something to watch in English in Rome at any time of day can present a challenge. The Cinema Barberini has been screening films in English pretty reliably recently. Sometimes there is even a show at 11:30am, my idea of heaven. I still miss the days when we would visit Johannesburg or Cape Town and I would start my day with a very decadent 9:30 am matinee.
My joy at finding a reliable matinee within walking distance of my house presents another Rome only problem. When to eat. The rules for when you eat in Rome are pretty strict. Breakfast is a cappuccino and cornetto to at the bar until about 11:00 am. Lunch is usually a sit-down affair and you are unlikely to find much open before 1:00 and dinner is at 8:00. 9:00 in the summertime There are a few exceptions and tricks to these rules, but not many. So, where to eat after a matinee that finished about 3:00 or 4:00. You have missed lunch and it's too early for dinner. A brand new spot run by Eataly to the rescue. Eataly has just opened a Hamburgheria right at the Barberini metro stop.
I had no idea that these Eataly Hamburgheria were a thing. There are outlets in Torino and Bergamo. It works kind of like a Shake Shack. You pick a table and then go to the cash register and place your order. The menu is brief offering hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and a salad bar. There are Lurisa and Open Baladin sodas and Birra de Borgo beer on tap and in bottles. Your burgers and very good fries (skinny, crispy and salty) are delivered to your table. Drink your cold draft beers eat your urges, order coffee and and when you have finished your meal you are free to go, having paid when you placed your order. This solves a Rome problem that drives my normally very patient husband around the bend, no asking for the check and waiting and asking for the check and waiting and...
The new Hamburgheria di Eataly solves many an expat in Rome problem.
10:00 - 24:00