Only in Rome

The art of the café

The favored haunt of in-the-know Romans, Caffetteria Canova Tadolini, is actually part of a museum dedicated to the Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova and his pupil Adamo Tadolini. But this is no museum café: Here, the café is the museum, with elegant ottocento-style tables and chairs laid out beneath statues and plaster fragments. Open since last fall, the Caffetteria has become a hit with la Roma bene, who come for traditional dishes like bucatini all'Amatriciana, the 400-bottle all-Italian wine list, and 25 varieties of tea. After the museum and café close in the afternoon, the whole place can be booked for private parties, complete with chef and waiters. Lunch, $75. At 150 A/B Via del Babuino; 39-06-3211-0702.