If you are in Rome, visiting Ostiense is an experience you should do. Starting with the nearby Cestia Pyramid and the non-Catholic cemetery where the bodies of great writers, poets and writers- such as Mary Shelley and John Keats- lie in rest, continue to the murals in via del Porto Fluviale which exploded with art and life in recent years, like the entire neighborhood that has made itself known in the world thanks above all to cinema and, specifically, films of the Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek.
Also, the nearby via del Gazometro, which is where the famous terrace house from the film “La finestra di fronte” (Facing windows), has had a new renaissance and is now full of places to eat or have a drink with friends. All are furnished in the spirit of the neighborhood, colorful, young, interesting and multi-ethnic. Someone like Stefano Aprile, creator and director of the TED in the Prati neighbourhood – which has already become a landmark of the Capitoline nightlife since last September – could not fail to notice a place like this and decide to open a second venue.
TED Lobster & Burger is right in the middle of the street and stands out thanks to its furniture, parquet flooring, concrete columns between one table and another, anthracite gray painted on the walls, metal on the windows, wooden tables, upholstered chairs, comfortable leather sofas. If you look up, the pipes and casings of the venue are visible, while if you stop to look at the bar counter and the kitchen you will notice a large painting made by a London artist who is well connected to the characteristic street art of Ostiense.
You are in a transversal, open and friendly place, able to welcome you at any time of the day (in the expert hands of Cinzia Carricchio, head of the TED group), always offering the best. Their business card is the famous Lobster roll, a typical sandwich with fresh Canadian lobster, lobster sauce and rocket, served, like all other dishes (including vegetarian dishes), by special waiters: young aspiring actors studying at the nearby Teatro Azione.
It is the right place to spend a special evening from the aperitif until late at night. Tuesdays are their coolest evenings, organized by the “Three Musketeers”of Giardino-The Party. Daniele Greco, Max Viola and Lorenzo D’Elia create the most enjoyable evenings from Trastevere to Villa Borghese, and have now arrived also to Ostiense. You will spend the small hours dancing to music from the eighties and nineties, but also many other classics and pop pieces, perhaps drinking a Ted Spritz, a spritz reinforced with a persistent citrus note, or a Spicy Mule, the Moscow Mule of the house made with vodka, hot drops, lime juice and ginger beer prepared for you by Silvia Bello.
When you leave, still intoxicated by flavors and dancing, head to Via Acerbi, because from there you can admire the symbol of the neighborhood, the Gazometro, from a perspective that will make it even more fascinating.
TED – Lobster and Burger – via del Gazometro 29 – 00154 Roma.