Italy’s growing reputation as one of the strongest nations producing craft beer globally has crystallised in the launch of a Birreria – including a craft beer brewery – at the largest Eataly in the world, in Rome.
Eataly Rome’s Birreria is a convivial space on the first floor of Eataly Ostiense, serving home-brewed pints, a rotating tap list of guest ales, plus lots of tempting bar food – including pan-baked pizzas which have to be tried.
Drop in for a pint at the wrap-around bar on sip an IPA or two on comfy leather sofas. Otherwise, choose a table to for a sit-down meal accompanied by freshly poured pints in the company of friends.
I recently popped in to Eataly’s Birreria to sample some of the latest beers on tap and try highlights from the spring menu, which adds some extremely tempting new dishes to a catalogue of old favourites.
We tasted sample sized portions of home-brewed Eataly ales – ranging from a blonde to a golden ale, an IPA to a chestnut infused beer – trying the beers alongside excellent bar food. Below, tomato and anchovy topped bruschette really hit the spot.
The Eataly empire only has three on-site breweries in the world – in Rome, Chicago and Moscow. So if you’re travelling to Rome, this is a rare chance to sit opposite the vats and beer-making instruments and drink a literally freshly-poured pint.
Another new entry on the food menu are these moreish chicken nuggets, perfect for sharing with a friend.
You can’t visit the Birreria at Eataly without trying one of their pan-baked pizzas. The medium-thick bases have a tasty, lightly fried quality and the well-leavened dough perfectly sets off a range of toppings.
This pizza with a ‘gricia’ topping combines pecorino cheese with matchsticks of pork cheek for a tasty combination channelling Roman cuisine.
One of my favourites is the classic cheese and tomato margherita, which never fails to please.
There is also this sensational version with uncooked buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto and fresh cherry tomatoes, which proves a light but decadent flavour combination.
Of course, Eataly’s Birreria isn’t just about pizza – there are plenty of yummy options on the new menu, including this mouth-watering hot-dog. This really hit the spot, respecting the traditional parameters of hot-dog perfection with its light bread, caramelised onions and savoury wurst, but impressing with artisan quality.
We couldn’t leave without trying the classics from the dessert menu, and this simple but authentic tiramisu was a satisfying end to dinner.
All in all, I’m in a huge fan of Eataly’s Birreria in Rome and highly recommend it to the most assiduous craft beer fan in search of an authentic Italian craft beer experience.
Eataly Rome | Piazzale 12 Ottobre 1492 | 00154 Roma | Tel: +39 06 9027 9201
Testaccina was a guest of Eataly’s Birreria in Rome