The fairly modest exterior of Il Cafè degli Svizzeri in Piazza della Repubblica in the centre of Pontremoli only hints at what awaits inside. It has a delightful art nouveau interior with well-preserved original fittings and is the perfect place for a coffee or an aperitif.
Founded in 1842, the establishment started out as a grocery shop that also sold homemade pastries and liquors. The art nouveau transformation, along with the addition of the coffee shop, is said to have taken place in 1925.
Today, Il Café degli Svizzeri is a traditional Italian bar offering a stylish venue for a coffee accompanied by a pastry from the ajoining Antica Pasticceria degli Svizzeri. The pasticceria is famous for Pontremoli’s traditional pastry of custard and wafers, the Amor, as well as spongata, a special Christmas tart, now eaten all year round. Both are made from traditional recipes belonging to the original Swiss owners.
You can also buy a variety of local specialties, including wines, liquors, olive oil, honey, chocolate and more. The pasticceria specializes in Amor, Spongata, almond tarts and nougat, and offers a variety of cakes and pastries, as well as savory products such as torta d’erbi, pizzette, and focaccine.
Photos courtesy of Il Cafè degli Svizzeri
Il Cafè degli Svizzeri – Pontremoli appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 12 January 2012. All rights reserved.