Paolo’s pasticceria

Catene Cafe has had a transformation. The gelato counter has been replaced by delicious pastries.

The grand opening was this evening and the lovely Paolo was in fine form.

Paolo Catene Cafe

Paolo Catene Cafe Paolo Catene Cafe Catene Cafe Paolo

The selection of pastries is excellent and we were able to sample quite a few…and they were just as delicious as they look. The girls were mobbed by people wanting to try things.

Catene Cafe

Catene Cafe

Catene Cafe

Catene Cafe

Catene Cafe

Catene Cafe

Good luck Paolo, I hope your new venture is a huge success.

Catene Cafe

British food at Catene Cafe

This is good news for the British expats in Bagni di Lucca…you can now get your British supplies from Paolo at Catene Cafe in Fornoli.

Catene Cafe

You can order online at Richmond’s British Food Shop and your goodies will be sent to Paolo, saving you a trip to Viareggio. He has a few supplies at the cafe.

Catene Cafe

Catene Cafe

Call in to see Paolo and he will tell you all about it.

Paolo at Catene Cafe

Paolo is back

It is no secret that Paolo is one of my favourite Bagni di Luccans. We were all saddened and worried when we learned of his recent accident.

I can happily report that he is back at work and on the mend. His back brace will stay on a bit longer, and he looks a bit battered and bruised, but he should make a full recovery.


Drop in to Catene Cafe in Fornoli and wish him well…and have a coffee or one of his delicious gelati.



Welcome back Paolo.

Paolo’s gelato

It is no secret that I am a big fan of Paolo Citti. I am delighted that he has opened a new bar and cafe in Fornoli. I am even more pleased that his gelato making is fully operational.

Now the biggest problem is which flavour to have.



I find it difficult to go past nocciola and pistachio, but I was also tempted by chocolate and coconut…life can be molto difficile sometimes.

Say hello to lovely Paolo at Catene Cafe in Fornoli for me next time you go.