All About Italy (USA) - - Historic Premises - Via VIII Feb­braio, 15, 35122 Padua www.caf­fepe­droc­

Sit­u­ated in the cen­ter of Padua, this in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous old caffè dates from 1831 and the pres­ence of such a well-known gran caffè in Padua is due to An­to­nio Pe­droc­chi, the fa­mous pur­veyor of cof­fee, cited by Stend­hal in ‘The Char­ter­house of Parma’. At the be­gin­ning of the 19th cen­tury, no­bles, the bour­geoisie, in­tel­lec­tu­als and com­mon­ers would all min­gle in the nu­mer­ous caffès. An­to­nio Pe­droc­chi dreamed of a mon­u­men­tal gran cafe of rep­re­sen­ta­tive and func­tional ar­chi­tec­ture, sit­u­ated right in the heart of the city in front of the uni­ver­sity and the Aus­trian po­lice head­quar­ters, so he called on Giuseppe Jap­pelli, a fa­mous ar­chi­tect and en­gi­neer with En­light­en­ment ideas who was also a pro­found con­nois­seur of Haps­burg tastes to re­al­ize it, and thus it opened in 1831. Up un­til 1916 the Caffè Pe­droc­chi re­mained open-for-busi­ness night and day, earn­ing it the nick­name ‘Cafe with no doors’. Its best known house-spe­cial is un­doubt­edly the mint cof­fee, served with mint cream and flakes of co­coa, these days im­i­tated by many other es­tab­lish­ments. Vis­i­tors to Padua should also try Stend­hal’s eggnog, a cup of eggnog served with small bis­cuits, par­tic­u­larly loved by the French writer.

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