Posts Tagged ‘disabled access’

ZeroZero100 Via del Verano, 27, Roma, Italy

On a recent trip to Italy, my husband and I found ourselves in the gritty student neighbourhood of San Lorenzo.This district is immediately east of Termini train station and is where we found the boutique restaurant that is Zero Zero100 Via del Verano, 27, Roma, Italy. It was close to our hotel, the thoroughly unsatisfactory Hotel Vibel, reviewed on this site at https://hotelandrestaurantreviews.com/2016/10/25/hotel-vibel-viale-dello-scalo-s-lorenzo-97-rome-italy/.

The staff at ZeroZero100 are all quite young, very polite and extremely efficient. They are certainly kept busy as a wide variety food and drinks are available both at lunch time and in the evenings. Access is good if you have mobility issues.  We only visited this restaurant at dinner time, but we liked it so much we went back three times during our short trip.zero-zero-out

The restaurant offers an a la carte menu, but it also offers a buffet. The system for calculating the cost of your buffet meal is ingenious. The cost includes a drink, for example beer at 6 euros or a (large) gin and tonic at 7 euros then the buffet brings your bill to 10 or 11 euros respectively. We were amazed by the selection of salads, breads and pizzas on the buffet so we never saw past that.zero-zero-buffet

Salads are continually refreshed: platters included cold meats, fresh vegetables, eggs, tuna and grains as well as breads, quiches and mini pizzas. Above the salad bar a wide selection of paiizas were on offer. These included some without cheese, magherita pizza, various vegetarian pizzas as well as pepperoni, chicken and tuna. The pizzas were constantly freshed, like the salads and everything was delicious.zero-zero-in

The atmosphere in ZeroZero100 was great. There was lively music, but not so loud as to prevent conversation. It was relaxed and even when the place was busy we never felt forgotten or hurried. I highly recommend ZeroZero100 and look forward to dining there in the future.

Valerie Penny

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea 1156 15th St NW, Washington DC, USA

On a recent visit to the nation’s capital, I discovered the delight that is Peet’s Coffee & Tea 1156, 15th St NW, Washington DC, USA.  Although founded in 1966, I had never been into a Peet’s Coffee & Tea. They had a counter that sold good quality coffees and teas. The smell when you walk into the shop is delicious.peets-outside

A variety of savoury and sweet choices are available for eats. I particularly enjoyed the coffee cake, while my husband chose the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. There are a few vegetarian choices, but I did find that the staff understanding of vegetarianism is poor. The sandwiches arrive in the shop premade and when no vegetarian sandwich was available, I was offered a bacon egg and cheese sandwich with the bacon removed. Of course, the bacon fat would remain and I would have been ill as a result of eating that. The offer was kindly meant, but declined.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea is self service. There are two counters: one for ordering coffee, tea, cookies and cakes to take home, while the other serves those looking to enjoy the ambience of Peet’s. There is a wide variety of seating available and access is good for those with mobility issues. peets-inside

I thought Peet’s was a great find for a breakfast, a quick snack or a coffee break in the afternoon. It is not fancy, but the quality of the coffee and tea is excellent and the cakes, croissants and cookies to go with it are delicious. I highly recommend Peet’s Coffee & Tea for these.

Valerie Penny

Oscar’s Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, The Esplanade, Saltcoats, Scotland

oscars outsideMy husband and I had arranged to meet friends for dinner at Oscar’s Cafe, Bar and Restaurant at The Esplanade, Saltcoats, Scotland but they were unable to make the date. However, as we had been looking forward to the evening, we decided to go anyway. What a fun evening!

Access is by a small flight of stairs or by a ramp, so those with mobility difficulties have easy access. The service at Oscar’s was friendly and polite. We were seated in a booth and enjoyed people watching through the evening. Oscar’s caters for a wide variety of diners: families with children, couples both young and not so young, larger groups and a private party was going on in the function area upstairs. This restaurant also runs a Disney movie silently on a large screen behind the bar. This is a brilliant way of keeping the younger diners amused.

The menu is varied and does cater for vegetarians. My husband had the chicken and chorizo sausage pie. He really enjoyed it. I had the vegetarian fajitas: also delicious. The atmosphere in Oscar’s was excellent. The restaurant was happy, busy and good-natured. This certainly added to our enjoyment of our evening.Oscars inside

For pudding my husband had a chocolate brownie, which he said was one of the best he had tasted. I had a chocolate nut sundae. it was delious, but enormous and I had no chance of finishing it! We rounded off our meal with coffees. We did not really need to have coffee, but we were having such a lovely time, it would have been a shame to leave earlier than we had to.

I highly recommend Oscar’s Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, The Esplanade, Saltcoats, Scotland and will dine there again.

Valerie Penny