Question: Why is this place so special to us? Answer: the natural welcome.
We were new, in a new city, new to local menus and slightly nervous in this beautiful Genoan square.
We don't speak fluent Italian, but were treated so well we returned several times. Why? Answer: this place just enabled us to fit in.
Firstly, on a hot and sunny day the location is strategically perfect. On the main pedestrianised walk between Piazza Ferrari and the waterside it is positioned on one of the most imposing of squares. Sitting under one of the several umbrellas it is the perfect place to watch the world go by. Beautiful architecture all around with the coming and going of the para military vehicles from the main police station kept us thoroughly entertained.
On our visits here we consumed a variety of beverages (beer, wine and coffee) but the pastries were out of this world. On visit one we were brought a tray of tasters. They were all individually superb.
Now here is where the personality of this business really scored. We were particularly taken by a tiny "bigne" or mini eclair. When we explained this to our waitress not only were we brought four more (two each) but a hand written recipe in English accompanied them (see photo). How attentive was this?
If there is a Genoan Tourist Board Award for customer service this patisserie should easily win outright as it is such a welcoming beacon and a great credit to the city.
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