HISTORY - Caffè Excelsior Portofino

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As told by Antonio Nannicini in his "Letter from Portofino", the Coffee Excelsior is open from Santin and Lina Repetto in 1924 and immediately became the favorite place of celebrities of the time: Guglielmo Marconi guest at the Miramare was here with his tender to sit up and take a good mocha.
The Borghese , the Colonna and Mackenzie loved instead meet at the Excelsior, on summer afternoons.

It will be the Baron Freddy De Thierry , husband of Isa Mackenzie, who will begin the owner on the American Bar secrets that, at the end of the thirties, the Excelsior is also serving as an aperitif on the Negroni recipe eponymous Count.

At the Excelsior Café Lina in 1941, he invents a destined to become famous dessert. It is a combination of vanilla ice cream, raspberry ice cream, cream, raspberry and grenadine syrup, served in a large glass. Some customer asks for the name and, as a good Italian, says he is a "paciugo" which literally translated means "mess". The sundae Paciugo will become the ice cream served at the tables of Tigullio.



Right after the war, this is where you need the first Gin-Tonic , thanks to the agreement with English Shweppes who sends his first cartoons in Italy and is still at the Excelsior you will experience the first Long Drinks like the Pimm's served time in Piccadilly Circus in London.

They begin the 60 and arrive in Piazzetta Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot , to name just a few of the most popular personalities of the Excelsior and the tables are surrounded by onlookers and paparazzi. Onassis used to take all 'Excelsior English tea with jam and bread to be toasted, accompanied by his first wife Tina Livanos ; He returned a few years later aboard his fabulous yacht with his friend Winston Churchill and Maria Callas .



Following the period of the great Italian families: the Agnelli, the Camerana, the Piaggio,the Mondadori, the Cross, and the Pirelli , the big players such as Roger Moore andTony Curtis that docked in the harbor and went down for breakfast with fresh pastries of 'Excelsior.


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REGISTERED OFFICE:
Via Matteotti 76/6 - 16035 Rapallo
P.Iva 09527440961
ADDRESS:
Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta, 54 - Portofino (GE)
OPENING TIME Closed
Mon - Dom: 10 am - 11 pm

TEL +39  0185 269123
EMAIL  info@excelsiorportofino.it
Via Martiri dell'Olivetta, 54
Portofino (GE)
P.Iva 09527440961

Lun - Dom: 10 - 22
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