As told by Antonio Nannicini in his "Letter from Portofino", theCoffee Excelsioris open from Santin and Lina Repetto in 1924 and immediately became the favorite place of celebrities of the time:Guglielmo Marconiguest at the Miramare was here with his tender to sit up and take a good mocha.
TheBorghese, theColonnaandMackenzieloved instead meet at the Excelsior, on summer afternoons.
It will be theBaron 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,raspberryand 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 sundaePaciugowill become the ice cream served at the tables of Tigullio.
Right after the war, this is where you need the firstGin-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 thePimm'sserved time in Piccadilly Circus in London.
They begin the 60 and arrive in PiazzettaClark 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.Onassisused to take all 'Excelsior English tea with jam and bread to be toasted, accompanied by his first wifeTina Livanos;He returned a few years later aboard his fabulous yacht with his friendWinston Churchill andMaria Callas.
Following the period of the great Italian families: theAgnelli,theCamerana,thePiaggio,theMondadori,theCross, andthePirelli, the big players such asRoger MooreandTony Curtisthat docked in the harbor and went down for breakfast with fresh pastries of 'Excelsior.