The history of the Osteria Margutta is a voyage back in time. In 1974 Pietro Gabrielli, a renown player for the national rugby team turned music and theatre producer, discovered this small tavern which had been in operation since 1965. Thanks to his deep love for the arts and to the collaboration with the literary magazine "Il Caffe’", Gabrielli transformed the tavern into a reference point and meeting place for many writers, visual artists, filmmakers and actors. To name a few: Italo Calvino, Giorgio De Chirico, Achille Campanile, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Natalia Ginzburg, Eugenio Montale, Peppino De Filippo, Pupella Maggio and Federico Fellini. Their past presence is today testified by the numerous commemorative plaques fixed on the back of the red and blue chairs of Osteria Margutta.
Besides offering a pleasurable cuisine and promoting the dissemination of culture, Osteria Margutta soon became the meeting point for a series of social and civil initiative such as the theatre workshop for children with learning disabilities. This initiative subsequently gave birth to the association "A Thousand Children in via Margutta". Its aim was and still is to raise awareness on learning disability issues and help lay the grounds for the approval of Law 104 concerning “the respect of human dignity and the rights of freedom and autonomy of disabled individuals ".