Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Café Italiana

 The Italian’s trademark has and will always be coffee. It was introduced to the Italians in the 1600’s, and after gaining the approval of Pope Clement VIII; it became embraced by the culture. One of the reasons that coffee houses have thrived  throughout the generations is the freedom and artistic expression they provided. In the olden days they symbolized “freedom without fear” and represented safe havens for many artists and writers to gather together to express new ideas.

A famous example is Caffe Greco in Rome. This cafe is located by the historic Spanish Steps. Jonathon Wolfgang von Goethe, a brilliant artist, writer and politician, influenced the interior atmosphere of this place. In addition to Goethe’s influence, Caffe Grecco was also home to numerous artists and writers like, “Wagner, Mendelssohn, Stendhal, Liszt and Casanova.” (blogs.evenues.com) http://ow.ly/lCwc3 Something that they all had in common was a desire to make social and political waves.

Today, the Italians have mastered 111 carefully crafted brews. The notorious Italian espresso-style coffee has become something of a phenomenon.  It showcases the brewers’ expressiveness through the more complicated brewing process. It is the most popular coffee beverage in Italy and also the strongest.

In not only Italy, but around the world espressos have become loved for the rich bittersweet brew.  They have involved into a much different concept in America today, but the classic Italian café that serves espressos and provides a welcoming and social environment is still alive and flourishing across the Atlantic in the heart of Italian culture.

To enjoy the music many people associated with Italian cafes, make plans to enjoy Dolce Sera – A Night of Musical Sweets and more at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma.
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m. , Concert: 7 p.m.
Cinnabar Theater,
3333 Petaluma Blvd. North  Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma
$20 includes desserts and coffee.
More: www.cinnabartheater.org

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