|Fegarotti's mosaics in Caffe' Palombini, EUR; hard|
to believe this is marble
|Caffe' Palombini, in the building of the "official|
restaurant" next to the "square coliseum" in EUR
|the often occupied side room... with the oft-ignored|
The mosaics are on the theme of the restaurant and EUR – they feature a table with cutlery and flowers and EUR’s buildings in the background – all in polychromatic marble. This gorgeous work is by Eugenio Fegarotti, who received a fair amount of patronage from the Fascists but, not being a member of the Party, eventually lost his teaching position at Rome’s Accademia di belle arti (Fine Arts Academy). There are also some lovely frescoes in the entrance room by Franco Gentilini – same period.
One of our next treks (I haven’t told Bill yet) is to search out Fegarotti’s other works, including wall mosaics at the Hotel Bristol in Piazza Barberini (which almost made our list of best rooftop bars), and in the House of the Fascists in Pomezia (we have scouted around but never knew to look for his work), and possibly other places in the Pontine Marshes southwest of Rome, where he did much of his art and eventually moved. Plus, Bill, we need to look at his via Margutta studio location at # 48 (close to where those Roman Holiday capers occurred).
For a thorough biography of Fegarotti, who was active in a variety of media until his death in 1973, see this link. If you don’t read Italian, you can use the Google translator. It will read like pigeon English, but you will get it.
Now to food and drink. We like Caffè Palombini. It has an expansive cafeteria where a slew of EUR locals have lunch. Reasonably priced. Nice indoor and outdoor seating. Palombini, besides being known for their coffee – which you can buy in any Rome supermarket-- makes their own pastries, candies, sells cigars and trinkets. They have a more upscale restaurant and a lively evening bar, we’re told. Those latter two get pricier.
When in EUR, do as the Romans do, stop in at Caffè Palombini. But don’t forget to check out the art work.
|I can't prove it, but these mosaics in the Art Deco era Hotel |
Mediterraneo near Stazione Termini look a lot like Fegarotti's work
PSEUR has a lot of art, including Severini’s 1950s murals that we promoted in an earlier post and put on our top 40 list.