he Gran Caffè Gambrinus is the only one of the Neapolitan historical cafés still in operation. Located in the central Piazza Trieste e Trento, it is today a point of reference also for the social and cultural life of the city. This volume presents its history, starting from the so-called “Café of the seven doors” of 1860, passing through the golden era of the Belle époque and the sad story of the closure during the Fascist period. Troubled years followed, until 1973, the turning point, when the rebirth began with the Sergio family – that of the current owners. The Gambrinus is told as a literary salon of the city, of which the works of art that enrich the rooms are described, where illustrious characters have come and gone over the years, and whose tables have been composed of famous songs. The volume – accompanied by numerous photographic images and reproductions of the paintings that can be admired – also dwells on the secrets of Neapolitan coffee, and on Neapolitan pastry and ice cream classics, concluding with the narration of
a series of tasty anecdotes.
Michele Sergio, born in 1983, Neapolitan doc, was born and raised in bars and cafes in the center of Naples. A law graduate and a lawyer, he decided to work alongside his father to run the prestigious Gran Caffè Gambrinus, where he represents the third generation. Always fascinated by the history of Neapolitan coffee processing, today he is in charge of promoting it both through the work done in the local historian and through television (also with the participation in some columns), the press (he collaborates with the newspaper Il Roma and the monthly magazine l ‘Neapolitan espresso’ and the web (various videos on coffee and articles on his blog). Among his most important initiatives is the rediscovery of the ancient Neapolitan tradition of suspended coffee, the candidacy
of Neapolitan coffee with UNESCO heritage and the promotion of Neapolitan gourmet coffee