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Italy is famous for its fashion, culture and rich history, but also for its food. Everybody knows pizza, Parma ham and Parmesan cheese. "Baked goods might not directly come to mind when thinking of Italy. But did you know that Italy hosts some really hot concepts in bakery, patisserie and chocolate? These 6 Italian concepts:
Al Panificio Davide Longoni
Davide Longoni has applied a real ‘retro innovation’ in the bakery sector, recovering the ancient technique of natural leavening and stone-grounding. In his bakery in Milan, he uses ancient grains from millers he’s familiar with and who are, in turn, familiar with the farmers with whom they cooperate to recover the old grain varieties. This bakery is not only famous for its (huge) sourdough breads, but also for its brioches.
Le Polveri – micro panificio
Aurora, founder of Le Polveri, obtained her degree in chemistry and then immersed herself into the formula of bread. She worked in various bakery laboratories, learning about bread in every detail, from the finished product to the raw materials: the powders - in Italian ‘le polveri’. After years of training, Aurora opened her small craft micro bakery with a visual laboratory. On 50 square meters you can rediscover real bread. Aurora experiments continuously. Visit the bakery for all sorts of breads and baguettes, but also for granules, shortbread biscuits or the Pala, a focaccia seasoned with ingredients that change daily, depending on availability.
A passion for chocolate and a careful selection of the best raw materials distinguish Venchi since the opening of the first shop in 1878. Go there for ice-cream and a wide selection of chocolate in the Italian artisan tradition. Choose from delicious traditional chocolates and more exotic and innovative recipes, in different flavours and formats, from tablets and spreadables to blocks. Located in one of the most famous streets in Florence, just a few steps from the Duomo, this chocolate shop and gelateria also includes a cafeteria service.
Luxurious restaurant Rivoire is a point of reference in Florence for everyone who loves delicacies combined with elegance. All products are prepared in the laboratories on the lower floor by Rivoire’s pastry chef and chocolatier, who pays a lot of attention to the ingredients used. Go to Rivoire for their rich assortment of pralines and gift boxes, enjoy coffee and chocolate desserts, or appreciate one of the delicious dishes from the restaurant combined with a glass of wine or a cocktail.
Mo' Si Caffetteria Alla Vecchia Maniera
This bistro bar and Neapolitan coffee shop blends tradition with modernity in a young setting with retro décor. Here you can enjoy artisan products that are part of the gastronomy of Naples. Once you enter Mo’Si Caffetteria Alla Vecchia Maniera (meaning ‘in the old way’), you will be attracted by the smell of hot croissants and ground coffee, prepared manually in the ancient Neapolitan tradition. In addition, you will find lots of delicious desserts and pastry, all of homemade production: tiramisu, cannoli, tarts, donuts, apple puff pastries and croissants of all kinds.
The historic space of La Ménagère, the first Florentine household shop born in 1896, is reborn today as a concept restaurant. In an eclectic atmosphere, you will find food, drinks, coffee and pastry, but also music, flowers and a little shop. In the coffee shop that is part of La Ménagère, the chefs prepare desserts, express sandwiches, unusual salads and quick snacks.
Inspired by Italy’s hot concepts in bakery, chocolate and patisserie? Take a look at the hot spots of Portland, Stockholm, Berlin and the USA as well! Are you interested in how Puratos can support you with your concept, or how we can help you in creating or improving baked goods concepts? Contact your local Puratos representative to schedule a meeting.
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