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 The gelato counter has been replaced by delicious pastries.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

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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

Have a pastry at Ponte a Serraglio

We are very lucky in Ponte a Serraglio, we have Il Monaco, where Annalisa and her pastry chef, Stefana make the most delicious pastries and cakes. The pasticceria opens very early in the mornings and is instantly busy. The coffee is excellent and choosing which pastry to have may just be the hardest decision you will make all day.





There are also delicious sandwiches for those who prefer savoury things in the morning.


It is Carnevale time which means fritelle. I think it is wrong that these little donut like pastries are only available for a few weeks a year.


Stefana is showing us the chocolate version. They also come with a rice or vanilla filling…..more decisions.


Annalisa is helped in Il Monaco by her sister Suzanna and a team of pretty girls. Her 2 daughters are still a bit young to help.


Annalisa is on the right, Suzanna is holding Sylvia and Elise, who has the most beautiful hair I have ever seen, is in front of her mother.


Don’t have breakfast at home. Il Monaco and Bar Italia, across the piazza ( also owned by Annalisa ) are so much more fun. Apart from getting a great coffee, it is the best way to experience village life. Practise your best Buongiorno and meet the locals.

Il Monaco is open early every day except Wednesday. The closing time depends on the time of year. In warmer weather they also make delicious gelato.

You will find Il Monaco and Bar Italia in the piazza at Ponte a Serraglio. I am most fortunate, I just have to walk across the bridge and I am there.