While exploring in Rome there were 2 places that struck me as stand out places that I think anyone going to Rome should check out: Quaranta Gradi and da Alfredo e Ada.
Quaranta Gradi is a boutique located near Vatican City and it is truly unique. Rome has lots of great shopping but the streetwear pickings are very slim. That’s where Quaranta Gradi comes in. Run by 2 brothers, Stefano and Andrea, Quaranta Gradi oozes personality and imports the brands it carries from other countries. Upstairs you’ll find men’s apparel and accessories with an impressive line-up including: Visvim, Neighborhood, Number Nine, Viktor & Rolf, Tonite, Nike and Adidas. There’s a strong emphasis on Japanese brands so if you’re into that this is your spot.
Downstairs you’ll find women’s apparel and accessories. When you go down the stairs you feel like you’re in your girlfriends bedroom and she’s letting you pick clothes out of her closet.
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Andrea and Stefano also have the coolest collection of vintage memorabilia displayed throughout the store really giving it a homey feel.
Quaranta Gradi has an excellent selection of denim including Cheap Monday, Evisu and European denim line Hells Bells. Other brands they carry are: Stussy, WESC, Clim, Hussein Chalayan, Adidas and Nike.
Quaranta Gradi is located at 1 Via Virgilio at the corner of Via Boezio.
The other dope spot in Rome is da Alfredo e Ada and I had the best meal of my vacation here.
“da Alfredo e Ada” means from Alfredo and Ada – a husband and wife team that founded the restaurant. Though Alfredo has since passed, da Alfredo e Ada is still a family run establishment and provides home cooking in a cozy atmosphere. Ada still runs the place and makes visits to each and every table to welcome her guests. No menus or fanciness here, her son will start bringing food to your table from the back and tell you the days selections. We started off with a Rigatoni Marinara, followed by veal stew (for him) and pan roasted chicken (for me). We ended it off with amazing sugar and cinammon-coated cookies that you dip in wine. The meal was simple yet incredibly tasty – the result of fresh ingredients and great cooking skills. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting to have a true taste of Italy for a very reasonable price.
da Alfredo e Ada is located at 14 Via Banchi Nuovi – very close to the East bank of Tiber River and West of Piazza Navona. They are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Buon Appetito!
All photos by One Hit Wonder
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