Rome, on principal, adores taking traditional dishes and creating new and exciting twists on them. Bruschetta, for instance, was originally nothing more than grilled bread rubbed with garlic and oil olive, has since become enriched with different toppings – although the original “semplice” is a classic for good reason. Likewise, supermarkets with long hours and great produce have made great cooking and inventive dishes at home even easier. One thing that remains relatively unchanged though, is coffee. Rome has notably few coffee chains. However pressed for time, however bad the traffic, every morning Romans head for their chosen bar to enjoy their first coffee served by a barista who knows whether they prefer to drink from a glass or a cup, whether they prefer black or ‘stained’ with milk. Some of Rome’s coffee shops have become iconic, and it is reassuring to see these family businesses thriving, moving through generations as they adjust to meet changing needs without compromising standards. The tradition of family businesses isn’t limited to coffee, the city is full of successful familial joints that are growing and changing constantly – and always for the better! - with the times. For instance, Angelo Feroci has enlarged its offering to include ready meals; Panella now offers freshly baked bread with enticing innovations; and Enoteca Trimani has added a wine bar to their enoteca. Quality never comes cheap, and many people only visit these shops on occasion, but they are revered and respected.