2023 Author: Cody Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-06-06 02:02
In 2012 we wrote that the Caffellatte in via degli Alfani a Florence it had everything, even the flaws.
Which was a perfectly set 60s set, with the cappuccione in the large white cup, the toast with butter and jam, the yogurt with fresh fruit and muesli, the Maremma butter dripping down your fingers, the worn floors, the kitchenette to prepare the cream cooked in a bain-marie, the eggs in a spoon, the barley coffee in mineral water and the basket of persimmons.
In 2012 we wrote that Caffellatte was our unlikely favorite bar, a rare place, a common heritage of those who like to pass by Florence. But it was, in fact, 2012: maybe things were no longer like this.
As it is as it is not, after 32 years of highly honored service, Corriere Firenze wrote yesterday, Caffellatte has lowered the shutters forever.
The dairy, which in the 19th century was a butcher's shop (as indicated by the cow at the entrance), had assumed its current appearance in 1984, again managed by Vanna Casati Gnot: born in 1939, historian Florentine feminist, tempered by war and by a family who had to pull up all by herself “.
Grumpy, with brisk ways that they often didn't like, instead the loyal customers appreciated her character, typically Florentine.
The tea had to be drunk without lemon, woe to ask for American coffee: "because here you drink the Italian one" and every morning, after buying the newspapers, "Vanna took the scissors and cut out first the naked ladies, then also the photos of Matteo Renzi: I can't see it! ".
Quick ways, it was said, often targeted in the days of Tripadvisor: the menus were literally thrown on the table, watered down and undrinkable coffee and milk. Or, expensive as a boutique, prices increased by 1 euro and the addition of the cream increases the expense even more.
Mrs. Vanna's son, Francesco Gnot, has tried them all, but in the end he will be forced to sell the furniture at auction and close the shop, leaving a further void in Via degli Alfani, a "commercially dead" area, as Corriere defines it. Fiorentino, which in a few years has lost two university faculties and many clubs.
We will miss the cappuccione, the chocolate and pear cake with cream, the savory cheese cake, the biodynamic apple juice, the fair trade coffee.
We will miss the Vanna.