If I could give this place a 12 for service, I would. Manuele and his staff are the best! This place clearly deserves the wonderful reputation it has, with taps that rotate so often, if you take a break to go to the toilet, the beers will be different when you return. They share the beer cellar with Bir&Fud, so Manuele was very generous with pulling old beers from the cellar, making recommendations, and charging so little money it was crazy. Above all, the people are amazing! A great mixture of very friendly locals and expats. The foolish new law that makes drinking on the street illegal after 11 PM is annoying, but hasn’t dampened spirits at all. THE place to visit in Rome.
This is the kind of place where you drop in on a Wednesday night and they are tapping a gravity barrel of fresh Schammelsdorf and you get to drink world-beater Kellerbier all night.
nate2g (1110) Boomtown!, Australia | December 26, 2008| Updated May 31, 2010
Wow do I love this place. Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa made my time in Rome a memorable one. The passion for quality beer is so refreshing and the range of beer on draught and in bottles is sensational. This is where beer geeks unite in Rome. No pretentiousness only an appreciation and thirst for the good stuff. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the bar staff. Cheers for the Narke and Mikeller brews as well as the fantastic brews on tap that were available. Do not miss this place when in Rome.
Visited each of the 3 days I was in Rome (Oct ’12).
Very much in the style of an English pub with life and soul of the pub as you enter from street level with 4 or 5 bar stools at the bar, and smokers huddled round the outside. There are also seated areas as you go past the bar upstairs and down. Pub (as per its nickname) is decorated with football memorabilia from around Europe, I noted a Sheffield United shirt and a Heart of Midlothian scarf amongst many others!
To the business end of proceedings ... 3 cask handpumps (although only one was being used on my visits) and around a dozen keg taps. Largely Italian craft brewers with a couple of Belgians on and one American offering in the form of Dark Horse - plead the 5th (which was priced cheaper than you would typically find it in London). The Italian beers were available in small or large and the small servings (33cl) were E4 for most of the ones I had.
I was well looked after and discussed beers with all of the bar staff (who spoke very good English). Big shout to Luca (who is one of the brewers at Stavio) and also to Manuelle who was kind enough to pull a bottle of ITA lambic from the fridge and split it with me, I’ll bring you something to split next time I’m over.
Great place - a MUST on a visit to Roma. Not the same selection as Open Baladin or even Bir & Fud, their other bar across the street, but a genuinely great beer destination!
One of the top spots in Rome and, indeed, one of the best bars in Europe. Not much to add at this point that hasn’t been said already. Great beer, great selection. Only annoying thing is that I recall the sports on TV being a bit loud. But still, this is a must-visit beer place in Rome.
What a superb place to visit. It is small, but there is room through the back, and it is difficult to get to the bar in a position to see what’s available, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in welcome. Remarkable.
Beershine (850) The Sunshine State, Florida | October 21, 2013| Updated October 22, 2013
You can get different, but you cannot get better than MCSVAF. It has the best selection possible--for me--and if I had a bar it would look a lot like this. There are places with more taps, and there are places with greater obscurity of selection, but there could not possibly be a better curated selection of beers. They seem to retain a dedicated Cantillon tap, and a Gänstaller tap. That alone would be enough to keep me happy but they also have a dedicated Itslian hoppy pils tap (it was Tipopils last night), and even two cask-conditioned English style ales (including a porter). Most of the other taps were Italian microbrews of high quality and breadth of style (black IPA;Flemish sour...). No duds. Even the double IPA was an intelligent choice of a Hillside Farmstead/Cigar City collaboration that knocked it out of the park. Unbelievable. I barely glanced at the bottle selections but they are the same caliber--from Cantillon onwards. All the other bar elements are in place too. Unpretentious friendly service even when busy; busy; tasteful music selection; terrible toilets; 7 days/week. TO GO cups. What more could you possibly want? OH--it’s in ROME!
My first encounter with one of the famous beer bars in Italy was definitely a great experience. In spite of being rather tight and narrow, this is a cozy beer place full of atmosphere, charm, and about 15 interesting European craft brews on tap, and quite a few bottles in cooler behind the counter where we among Belgian, Danish and American bottles, also spotted God Jul from Nøgne Ø. Among the well-kept draught beers there were four from Denmark (Fanø and Evil Twin), a few from Germany and the Italian ones that I went for. The barman was attentive and friendly giving me tasters before buying. Not too busy late on a Friday afternoon, and with satisfying rating conditions (visited 30.03.2012).
Very characteristic ambiance, with good music; last time I was there is was not packed, luckily. Top beers on tap (I wonder how the rotation is though); I’m always happy to see a few Germans available; rarish bottles, but I think the prices are too high there. Great place for the after dinner hang out.