Sometimes, even when you’re in a city where food has a cult of its own and regional cuisine rarely disappoints, you just have to have a change. Enter the Hard Rock Cafe Rome: live music and DJ sets, friendly staff, cool cocktails and a menu whose predictability makes it the ultimate in comfort food.
With a location on Via Veneto, where Rome’s smart set once ruled the roost, you might wonder how the Hard Rock’s punks and pop princesses are regarded. There’s an international vibe about this street these days, home to some of the city’s swankiest five star hotels, so the restaurant’s hallowed halls filled with rock-royalty memorabilia actually fit right in.
Every Hard Rock Cafe is as unique as its memorabilia, and the one in Rome is no different. Some of the highlights include John Lennon’s trench coat, dating from his hyper-political period in the 1970s, Jimi Hendrix’s patchwork suit, and guitars that belonged to Tom Petty, Eddie Val Halen and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Look out, too, for collectors’ items from Queen, Elton John and the Foo Fighters – as well as innumerable concert posters, flyers and platinum discs.
Part of the Hard Rock Cafe’s appeal are those burgers, but the Hard Rock Café Rome also likes to shake things up with some pretty rad innovations. Recently, a new happy hour was launched, dubbed the Mad Tea Happy Hour, serving cocktails and savoury nibbles disguised as traditional afternoon tea and cake from 5pm til 7.30pm, Monday to Thursday. With a live DJ set, and typically served on the covered terrace, it’s a fun way to gear up for the evening.
From the end of April right through until the end of May, Hard Rock Rome is also serving a brand new Sunday Brunch. Sharing plates include baked eggs with red peppers, spinach and feta cheese, topped with grilled vegetables; southern fried chicken, bacon, chipolatas, grilled tomatoes, beans, mushrooms and waffles, as well as toasted bagels and pancakes accompanied with maple syrup, butter and salmon cream. A cocktail, unlimited soda and tea and coffee are also thrown in. What exactly are you waiting for?
Hard Rock Cafe Rome, Via V. Veneto 62 A/B +39 0642030501
Brunch Menu – Sundays 10.30-14.00 until the end of May, €24 per person
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Testaccina was a guest of Hard Rock Cafe Rome at both the Mad Tea Happy Hour and the Sunday Brunch, in conjunction with Yelp Rome.