CAFFÈ GAM­BRI­NUS

All About Italy (USA) - - Historic Premises - Via Chi­aia, 1/2, 80132 Naples www.grancaf­fegam­bri­nus.com L. C. Be­duschi

Over­look­ing the cen­tral Plebisc­ito Pi­azza in Naples, this fa­mous cof­fee em­po­rium is fur­nished in the Art Nou­veau style and fea­tures dec­o­ra­tions, stuc­cos, stat­ues and paint­ings from the 19th cen­tury. Opened in 1860, it was an im­me­di­ate suc­cess across all so­cial classes and was also spon­sored by the royal fam­ily. Vis­i­tors have in­cluded Os­car Wilde, Hem­ing­way and Sartre. At Gran Caffè Gam­bri­nus, cof­fee is pre­pared ac­cord­ing to the an­cient Neapoli­tan recipe: dark, thick, and boil­ing. A mo­ment of in­tense plea­sure to be en­joyed in ab­so­lute re­lax­ation while sit­ting at one of the ta­bles that di­rectly over­look Plebisc­ito Pi­azza. An un­miss­able op­por­tu­nity to share in the ev­ery­day rit­ual of the city elite in a re­fined, pres­ti­gious, his­tor­i­cal and artis­tic set­ting. Al­though a faith­ful fol­lower of tra­di­tion, Gran Caffè Gam­bri­nus does not, how­ever, ne­glect peo­ple’s chang­ing tastes: in re­cent years the caffè has en­riched its range by of­fer­ing tasty vari­a­tions on the tra­di­tional espresso cof­fee which, ap­plied with dis­cre­tion and cre­ativ­ity, of­fer its cus­tomers an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.

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