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Bir & Fud
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 80
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Via Benedetta 23
phone: +39 6 5894016
(Place added by: RomanW70 on 07-12-2008)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Bir & Fud is own by the some person as the football pub across the street. We went over because that's were the food was. This was the only sit down dinner with did in Italy, and it was fantastic. We still ordered pizza, but got a recommendation for a potato appetizer that was excellent as well. The bar serves only Italian brews, so it was a good place to taste the best in the country. Birrificio Troll Palanfrina was one of the memorable beers, made of chestnuts for the holiday season. Interesting, very nutty, and, honestly, the only chestnut beer I've ever had. A must do for the beer geek who wants a sit down dinner in Rome. It was a bit pricey, but well worth it. I never got a feel for when to eat in Rome, because we were always too early. We actually went twice, which the service was better the first time when the owner sent us over and we were served that way. The next time it was different, and harder to come by.
While I don't mind adjusting to the customs of another country, a beer menu with breweries and names would have been great, even in Italian, to be able to see what's on tap. It's a nice place, so I understand not wanting to have a beer board, but a menu wouldn't help. I would think in a wine-centric country, such explanation would help the local clientele as well. Again, the selectin rating is for in Italy--still good for anywhere, but not the range of a top end American beer bar.
07-14-2008 03:25:29 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here after seeing there was a good selection of local beers.
Atmosphere is very nice. It's down a fairly small side street that is full of people walking through and that reaches its crescendo right around last call. There are a few tables outside and the inside holds the tap lines against the left wall and a booth with an actual bar against the right. Further back is more tables and a spacious back room. The best part about this place is how there are three distinct areas - outside, at the bar, and the back - that are all interesting in their own right.
Quality is very good - all beers are served in proper, if unmarked, glassware at the proper temperature and with large amounts of foam on top when called for.
Service is amazing. The bartenders and servers will do the best they can with the English they have, and I'm sure an even better job if you're conversant in Italian. Alex, one of the two managers and the only one absolutely fluent in English will tell you anything you want to know about the Italian beer scene and of each of the beers available, both on-tap and in the bottle.
Selection is also amazing. There are about 12 beers on tap and 2-3 on cask at any given time, with what I'd guess is 30-40 more that are available in bottles. Of all of these about 90-95% are Italian and they open your eyes to how vibrant the Italian micro scene really is.
Food is very good. We had a couple appetizers and one of their pizzas and the best part was the fresh buffalo mozzarella. Nothing was less than above average and the pizza was stellar.
Value is good. It's a good deal for what you're getting but don't expect a cheap night if you're coming for dinner.
Overall this is a phenomenal restaurant and even better bar. There's really nothing more I can say but definitely stop by if you're in Rome.
09-22-2010 01:41:56 |
More by glid02
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
A must-visit if in Rome but only open in the evenings, unfortunately.
Draft list is entirely Italian but consisted of a good variety of breweries and styles. The bottles were largely Italian as well. Biggest complaint is that it would have been nice to see a few non-Italian beers on tap given the large number of taps (20?).
Service was excellent, especially considering the general slowness of restaurant service in Italy.
The food was outstanding. 3 or 4 of the dishes that our group ordered were all raved about. I had a pizza that was excellent.
10-02-2012 23:30:34 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Well, going to Bir & Fud then hitting Ma Che Siete across the street kills two birds with one stone.... They now have a beer board, but only lists of the draft, no explanation. Luckily our waiter, Ivan (formerly of 4:20) was awesome!
Ivan lead us through their tap selection (a wide variety of styles, all from Italian breweries). His knowledge and excitement really made this a great visit. At the end of the evening, based on our comments, he recommended two large (and reasonably priced) 750s of beers not available on tap. He hit a home run!
You want to get here early, because it fills up fast if you don't have a reservation, but the food is great and the staff are knowledgeable.
If in Rome...
09-06-2008 12:32:02 |
More by damjadi
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I must echo all of the previous praises for this great establishment. We had pizzas and a couple of appetizers, and the food and service were both excellent.
As for the beer, they do now have detailed menus-but I didn't need one as the owner (Manuele) set me up with a six beer sample as soon as I walked in and gave a description of each. They serve a hand picked selection of only the best Italian beers, all were excellent. We had talked only very briefly at the Football Pub (his sister venture across the street) about the virtues of the 2006 Lou Pepe Cantillon draft I was enjoying, but our reception at Bir and Fud was as if we'd been long time friends. This was certainly a great beginning to our week in Rome.
The Football Pub opens at 5:30 or so. Go there and then get to Bir and Fud for dinner at 7:30, you'll love it.
12-01-2009 18:33:39 |
More by bdardeen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Rome on business and luckily had a free night to check out a few places. I was suggested Bir e Fud and its sister bar across the street by some new friends at Moeder Lambic, and I was impressed with the selection and prices (especially given the usual price of Italian micros). The highlight was a perfectly served glass of Bran from Montegioco. I did not get much of a chance to talk with the staff as they seemed quite busy, but I would certainly return in the future to try out more great beers...
09-21-2011 13:57:58 |
More by skimoore
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Right across the street from Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa, which I also reviewed (in all honesty, the difference between the two are blurred for me, as I just popped back and forth between the two). Just an amazing place. The best service I have ever received in my life. Just a great group of enthusiastic food and beer lovers, all excited to share their knowledge and stories. They have a group of high quality beers on tap, all from Italy. I had an excellent pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella. This is a magical place, filled with people with tremendous warmth and enthusiasm for beer and food. This little corner of Rome is one of my favorite places on earth.
07-13-2008 21:08:16 |
More by RomanW70
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I get a little nostalgic thinking about this place. My favorite establishment on planet earth. I studied in Rome for 6 months during the first half of 2008, and I came to this place probably 3 nights a week for the duration.
The staff here is unbelievably friendly, and the food and drink is incredible.
The manager, Alejandro, became a friend of mine thanks to his perfect English, and even though he himself claimed to be more of a wine guy, he was always knowledgeable about the beers on tap and how they would work with any of the food dishes available. The rest of the staff spoke no English, but were more than willing to work with my broken Italian.
The menu is mostly comprised of wonderful, Neapolitan-style chewy-crust pizza and fried rice and potato based appetizers (suppli). I highly recommend the eggplant parmesan (melanzane alla parmagiano) pizza.
I believe they had somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 or 7 beers on tap and a couple cask beers. All Italian, and all worthy. A bunch very original beers here were brewed by members of the staff at Bir e Fud under the Birra del Borgo moniker, which really made for a local, authentic experience.
What makes this place really special is its location. In Italy, a forward-thinking restaurant that serves no wine or pasta is unheard of, and that is exactly what this restaurant is successful at.
Between this place and the more bar-like sister spot across the street, Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa, I always had a good night. I love this place and wear my Bir & Fud staff shirt (a going away present from Alejandro) with pride until the day I can return.
03-08-2009 00:45:46 |
More by photomike
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
A good beer store that manages to present interesting Italian food and beer in an enjoyable way. It's Trastavere, so they're busy, but still a long list of beers and a short menu of good food to soak it up with. I enjoyed the home-made chips (crisps) and tried several beers while there. If you're a beer geek looking for an Italian experience, I recommend it highly.
07-30-2013 12:24:27 |
More by ItinOcean
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
lil dublin rabbit and i spent our tenth anniversary this week in rome-hit bir & fud twice and left happy and sated both times-
B&F is located in the happenin trastevere n'hood,piazza trilussa, its a small place but packed with just as it says quality beer and food-which is a combination thats not found too often in rome-came here 5 years ago and what seems to be the best place wasnt even on the map yet-beer scene in rome/italy is really starting to kick up-you'll find the odd touriss brit and yank but i heard alot of italian being spoken here which is the coolest thing possible-cant wait to come back in a few years-or soooner-
BIR-we had the panada, keto reporter,quatro punta, and doppio bastardi which were all, ALL delicious-wit, tobbacco porter, lambic, and strong ale respectively-all reccommended-all on TAP-all italian-server tried to warn me about "lambics" in italian."this beer doesnt taste/smell very good", talk about lost in translation- very funny. like at mahars.
FUD-excellent slow food style pizzas, bruschettas and suppli (fried appetizers) avaiable-real roman offal(organ meats) also for those off you brave enuf to eat it-we salute you!
great fun staff not multlingual but you arent either probably and it will all be cool-B&F is very popular, in high season/prime times reserve a table before ten pm after that queue up mate! open til 1/2 am/0100-200hrs.
B&F is just a true pleasure for a craft beer or slow food geek in roma-go across the street to its sister bar, ma che siete venuti a fa' for the last shout, a small but amazing beer tap list for a bar the size of cafe belgique, or the first of the evening. MCSVAF has got the bir but not the fud.
forza roma! NV in rome
11-07-2009 00:12:23 |
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