This cafe's atmousphere is the best one could hope for--warm, lively, and filled with interesting characters, both the staff and guests. The food is delicious, and the cook makes Aleppan-style dishes such as Kibbe and Mashawi (grilled skewers) as his mother hails from Aleppo. I live in Amman on a research fellowship, and as such am not a tourist, but I come to the restaurant regularly for the food, the company and the singing and dabke in the evenings. Although it is called Pizza Roma I've never once had pizza and have never been disappointed.
The chef Mr. Hossam offers cooking classes for both classic Jordanian dishes such as Mansaf and Maqlubeh as well as for Aleppan-style Kibbe. I have organized classes for my American friends in Amman as well as my mother when she came to visit, and was delighted with the experience each time. There is a separate prep. room separate from the kitchen which allows enough space for each person to work on the food as well as relax in a circle. If you do a class on Kibbe your group goes with the chef to the butcher to watch him grind up and knead together the bulghur, onions and spices for the Kibbe dough. He has a dramatic flair and is chivalrous and not the least bit leering in the way one sometimes finds with tour guides or similar.
Dabke (line dancing) is almost every evening around 8 or 9pm, which is great fun. Again a note for girls out there, the atmousphere is family-like and not expositionist. Although the staff who dance are all male, there are almost always a few girls among the guests in addition to the owner's wife, who is usually there as well. There is no cause for concern and everyone is respectful and just has a wholesome-feeling good time. If you like to sing, the group usually sings a mixture of Arabic songs before or after the dabke, both old and new, and whichever songs visitors know and want to sing.
There is also a roof balcony with beautiful view of Amman where you can order tea or food. It is pleasant in warm weather.
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