Intellectuals

While in the city a worldly atmosphere was breathed, a cultural movement was born represented by the new avant-gardes of the Group 63 , with Nanni Balestrini and Umberto Eco. In the bars of Piazza del Popolo there were intellectuals of the caliber of Alberto Moravia, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alberto Arbasino and Goffredo Parise, who did not disdain the parties and salons of the good bourgeoisie or even the locals like Piper, where famous artists performed international .

Dolce vita 2

1960 was the year of change: the center-left era began and the first Catholic president, JF Kennedy, was elected in the United States. In this scenario Rome lived its “dolce vita”, with Fellini, Antonioni and Visconti, but it was also the era of controversy and censorship. The changes in the costumes also affected music, and in those years the Beatles myth. A new world was born with new lights and shadows told by Alberto Moravia in “La noia” and by Federico Fellini in “La dolce vita” .

The main protagonists of this change were mainly the journalists, who proposed a new language of communication and that together with television were the witnesses of the decade that ended with the protests of ’68.

The sweet life

In the movie “La dolce vita” the company of the economic boom was sarcastically described. Filmed in Cinecittà and in significant places in Rome, when Anita Ekberg entered the Trevi Fountain, the delusion erupted, the journalists wrote, and that image became the symbol of an entire era. There was no lack of controversy and the film was the subject of a parliamentary question due to criticisms made by “L’Osservatore Romano”, but managed however to escape the censorship.The “dolce vita” became a style of life : the bars, the restaurants and nightclubs in Via Veneto, meeting places between intellectuals since the ’20s, in this period began to host even international film stars and became the scene of their quarrels, excesses, love encounters and scandals. A detailed description of these events, which was witnessed by a large group of photographers , paparazzi and journalists, is found in newspapers of the time.

Our restaurant at that time was frequented by all these personalities and today the Romans remember it as one of the restaurants of that period. Many images of the era, recently restored, framed and exhibited in our rooms, narrate the social life of these characters, which often took place between a carbonara and a glass of red wine …

Come and discover them!