Shari Vari hit the Rome nightlife scene in December 2010, fast becoming the "in" place to be in Rome. Well, four years later, the place still draws a nightly crowd of international and locals alike. And with a prized location between the Pantheon and Largo Argentina, who would blame them?
Every night at "Shari" (as the locals know it) is different. And with three large rooms, there's something for everyone every single night of the week (bar Monday).
On Tuesdays, it's lounge and pop. Wednesday, it switches to hip hop and commercial and Thursday to commercial, while Friday is commercial, plus a live rock band and electro. On the weekend, it's commercial music plus pop and a live rock band on Saturdays. And then on Sunday, the pace eases to a lounge style.
Head to Shari Vari after dark for a cocktail and boogie — Photo courtesy of Shari Vari
DJs from around the world have spun the turntables here, including some recent appearances by DJ B-Hen (Los Angeles), Emanuele Vesci, Roberto D'Agostino and Corrado Rizza (Italy), as well as DJ Sasse (Finland).
Unlike most clubs in Rome, Shari offers free entry, but reservations are recommended, and the venue adheres to a pretty tight door selection.
But what many visitors to the "Eternal City" or locals may not know is that the venue is also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. So whilst most people head to Shari Vari after dark for cocktails and a little boogie, during the day and earlier in the evening, it's a great option for local and international cuisine and wine.
Diners at Shari Vari will be pleased with a wide variety of local and international dishes — Photo courtesy of Shari Vari
The restaurant features all the Roman classics like carbonara; cacio e pepe (pecorino cheese and pepper) and amatriciana (crispy guanciale – pork cheek – in a rich tomato-based sauce); Italian favorites like fresh buffalo mozzarella; and cured meats like prosciutto. Plus, they serve some international dishes, like a wok stir fry, curry and the good old cheeseburger.
Picks for dessert include tiramisu and cheesecake, and the wine list is extensive, with a spread of local and overseas drops.
Dinner at Shari will set you back around 40 euro, while at lunchtime they offer a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet for 10 euro – not bad for a cheap and quick lunch break, whether you're working in town or sightseeing.
The restaurant is open daily for dining. For reservations, contact Shari Vari directly. If it's dancing the night away you're after, contact Marc Cefaratti – Rome's PR guru and party guy – to get your name on a guest list or to reserve a VIP table.