Party Earth Review The first “bookbar” to open in Rome, the ivy-covered Salotto 42 is a trendy, upscale lounge where politicians and jet-setters alike gather to talk literature, break out a book, listen to readings, or peruse the collection... ... read full review
Piazza di Pietra, 42
06 678 5804
Testaccio, Rome –
The first “bookbar” to open in Rome, the ivy-covered Salotto 42 is a trendy, upscale lounge where politicians and jet-setters alike gather to talk literature, break out a book, listen to readings, or peruse the collection of arty international magazines.
While the vibe may be on the intellectual side during the day, by night the venue transforms into one of the liveliest spots in town where the elegant clientele gathers to see and be seen, whether inside or out on the charming Piazza di Pietra.
Once past the emerald velvet curtains at the entrance, patrons find themselves in a sleek yet comfortable environment featuring sofas and high-backed chairs grouped on animal-print rugs. An oversized TV at the back of the room plays silent, evocative films that are later replaced by more upbeat videos.
Though Salotto 42’s nighttime vibe is decidedly upscale, the hip and sociable patrons are anything but pretentious as they share cocktails and conversation with friends and strangers alike.
Young professionals, politicians, and jet-setters, mid-20s to late 40s.
Soul, blues, and jazz during the day, electronic and house at night. The bar participates in book fairs a few times a year.
Aperitivo buffet daily 7–9pm. Swedish menu features soups, pasta, salads, desserts, and a daily brunch.
Menu €5–€8, brunch €10. Beer €6, wine €6, cocktails €10+.
Chic casual to dressy.
There’s a crowd every night, though weekends are always busiest.