In the second half of the 19th century, more precisely in 1867, ‘La porta di terra’, the land city-gate, considered as the principal entrance into the city of Crotone, was demolished to allow the town to expand. The same year, columns in Doric style, recalling the temple of Hera Lacinia at Capocolonna, were erected to compose the structural elements of the ‘porticos of Crotone’, the city’s living room.
A few years later, between 1880 and 1890, at the tail-end of the arcade, Alessandro Russo founded the historical Caffè Italia. Continuing the family tradition, it is run today by Alfonso Russo owner and descendant of the forefather.
Teas, infusions, herbal teas, but also the famous nocciolino, iced coffee, almond milk… are to be savoured in two separated areas: Outdoors, where you can breathe the atmosphere of the city-centre, the scents of the market while contemplating the architecture of the 32 neo-Doric columns (the porticoes); and indoors, a space where history, tradition and humour, transform a cup of good coffee in a unique experience.
At Caffè Italia, the traditional Calabrian patisserie art has its roots in an unique blend of Italian tradition and influences from a melting-pot of people that have enriched the cultural heritage of the area. Our famous Pitta ‘nchiusa (a pastry filled with walnuts, and raisins), and our renowned profiteroles meet the Sicilian cannoli, babà, zeppole, mille feuilles and many other sweet craft specialties.
The Aperitivo tine in Crotone, is the right occasion to spend some Happy moments with friends in a complete relaxed mood. All year round, we serve aperitifs outdoors in our gazebo, equipped with heaters as to enjoy a pleasant cozy atmosphere in winter time. We serve two kinds of aperitifs: the Exclusive and the Classic. The first is richer and more complete, that can be pre-ordered. The Classic type is an aperitif always available, a true testament to the Calabrian rich cultural heritage.
Meeting at Caffè Italia
At Caffè Italia you can enjoy pleasant moments immersed in a cozy atmosphere, savouring high quality delicacies. In the background, good music creates an unique experience that combines the delight of tastes with the comfort of music, offering unforgettable moments of relaxation and togetherness.