Pigneto, Rome’s Borough where Local meets Global. And the Outcome is Very Cool!

Pigneto, Rome’s Borough where Local meets Global. And the Outcome is Very Cool!

After the boom of the San Lorenzo area in the last part of the past century, Pigneto seems to be Rome’s driving borough of the first years of the 21st century.

In the 1920s it was an industrial area at the very edge of the city which took its name after the Pines of Serventi Park.

The Rome equivalent of Kreuzberg in Berlin used to be inhabited by poor families of factory and rail workers after the war, joined by University students in the 1970-1980s . It then became an area with a lot of foreign immigrants and it has now turned into a major nightlife destination. A living lab of simple, down to earth persons, foreigners, students and people who come here to have fun and drink at night.

The area has no chain shops or supermarkets as local clients love their traditional small shops and markets. Franchising doesn’t work here, Pigneto is a very creative area where you will find products on sale that you won’t see in other areas of Rome. Furthermore, many Italian and International art galleries are recently popping up.  


This neighboroughood also inspired many Italian film directors in the aftermaths of WWII for its “frontier” nature. Visconti, Pasolini and Germi all shot major takes here. But the most important was made by one of the key figures of Italy’s Neo Realism, Roberto Rossellini, with Anna Magnani, Rome’s top actress and a symbol herself of Neo Realism.

Pigneto can now boast the highest concentration of independent movie theaters with Nuovo Cinema Aquila and Kino.


The area was for many years associated to the intellectual figure of Pier Paolo Pasolini (actually born in north-eastern Italy) who loved Pigneto and spent a lot of working and free time there.

His favorite place was the bar-restaurant Necci, one the best brands of Pigneto, with its outdoor space, a little garden, and good local food. The area is actually full of small family houses with little gardens. And one of its main feature are its low-rise, (maximum 3-storey) buildings.

Another eating destination in Pigneto should be the restaurant Primo for its modern Italian cuisine.

The international dining scene is well represented by Yakiniku, the only Japanese restaurant in Rome offering a Sunday brunch, and Kapala, one of the very few  Greek take-away in town.

A great place for kids is in Via Perugia: Lo Yeti is a coffee bookshop with many texts and items for younger readers.