Gay-odin – from 1894

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On the cal­en­dar sheet it read 1894, when the Swiss Isi­doro Odin moved to Naples and be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with var­i­ous cho­co­late recipes. The ex­per­i­ments were suc­cess­ful and to­gether with his wife, Ono­rina Gay, he soon sys­tem­ized the pro­duc­tion of hand­made cho­co­late. In 1922, they opened the first Gay-odin cho­co­late shop in Naples and over the fol­low­ing decades another nine shops – eight in Naples and one in Rome – have been opened. To­day Gay-odin is among Italy’s most fa­mous cho­co­late pro­duc­ers and for more than one hun­dred years the com­pany has been a ma­jor sup­plier of freshly pre­pared and tasty “calo­rie bombs” to a long se­ries of Neapoli­tan cafes. In some of these cafes – in Via Toledo and Via Chi­aia – cul­tural celebri­ties such as au­thor Os­car Wilde, the poet Sal­va­tore Di Gi­a­como and the well-known Neapoli­tan play­wright Ed­uardo De Filippo fell in love with Gay-odin’s choco­lates. Luck­ily, in the Gay-odin shops, you can still see a good deal of the original in­te­rior – in­clud­ing sev­eral Lib­erty items – which, spir­i­tu­ally speak­ing, will be able to take a vis­i­tor back to the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury. Ac­tu­ally many of the com­pany’s recipes – all se­cret, nat­u­rally – can be at­trib­uted to this pe­riod. Try the high-end prod­ucts Foresta or Ve­su­vio, a true “cho­co­late ex­plo­sion”, which of course is named af­ter Naples’ fa­mous vol­cano.

Via Vetri­era, 12 - 80100 Napoli

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