As aforementioned, I live across the street from the Villa Doria Pamphili, the largest public park in Rome. On days like today it’s a joy and a pleasure to be so close to hills, dales, lakes, forests and fields. And Vivi Bistrot makes it even better.
When I first started frequenting Doria Pamphili a decade or so ago, the spot was occupied by a bog standard bar made interesting only by the fact that it was located smack dab in the middle of the park. Then, a few years ago, Daniela Gazzini and Cristina Cattaneo, two “Mommy/entrepreneurs” according to the website, established Vivi Bistrot, “a place with a feminine touch, inspired by Provence” (the website again). It’s a lovely spot. The food is simple–mostly sandwiches and salads–and all organic. You can eat in the pretty restaurant or buy a picnic and enjoy it in the park. During the winter Vivi Bistrot is open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays only. It gets very crowded during the day so it makes sense to book in advance. I like to go there in the morning for a cappuccino and apple crumble. Totally yum. Free WiFi and dog friendly. What’s not to like?
Enter the park at Via Vitellia 102 (at the corner of Via Leone XIII). For reservations call 065827540.