Caffé Caravatti: aperitif in my hometown
by Camilla - foodaroundblog
I spent few days in my hometown, Mantua, with so many friends to meet and some well-deserved break. Among these, the Café Caravatti. A historic local, born in 1865: a few tables protected by a portico, the cobbles of Piazza delle Erbe just in front of you, the Rotonda di San Lorenzo peeping out around the corner of the clock tower. A lovely place to stop and enjoy the famous aperitif Caravatti, invented by the homonymous Mr. Caravatti in 1865, and still repeated according to the secret recipe made with vermouth and … (what else?), jealously guarded by the family Caravatti.
The Caravatti aperitif is served with a bit of ice and it is tasted accompanied by crisps, peanuts and taralli, crunched happily while watching the comings and goings of bicycles.
The coffee inside still retains a nineteenth-century flavor, with bistro chairs, mirrors, and a wooden counter behind which are arranged in plain view the glassware and the bottles: almost a Bar of the Folies-Bergere in miniature.
John Burton by The Guardian last year has stopped extolling the beauty of Mantua, spending words of special consideration towards this timeless local and noted it as one of the 10 best bars in Europe.
Another good reason to stay at Caravatti is given by the Risino a little basket made of pastry filled with custard and rice, with an unmistakable oval shape. Accompanied by an excellent espresso coffee is a delicious cake break.