MANTOVA’S CAFÉ TAKING YOU BACK TO GOLDONI
When Carlo Goldoni went to the Teatro Vecchio to represent one of his many masterpieces, “La bottega del caffè” on May 2, 1750, it was to honour the contract that required him to write 16 new Comedies. But he hadn’t just found inspiration in his own city of Venice, as some elements were also offered by the post-Gonzaga, Theresian Mantua.
The use of coffee as a drink had already spread in Venice so much that in Piazza del Purgo (now Guglielmo Marconi), under the northern arcades, the Caffè del Veneziano was certainly open in the nineteenth-century, but it could also possibly be traced back a lot earlier, as the shop opened in 1796 by Swiss Antonj Putscher.
The twentieth-century Bar Venezia sign has returned to identify the cafe, which however changed its outlook and interior furnishings following the times. The resurrection of the Venetian is due to Marco Gialdi who has international experience as a barman and twenty years experience in managing the flagship bar in the city, together with Annamaria Rollo and the staff.