We were in Padua to soak up history, and our guidebooks all mentioned this elegant cafe and meeting place built in 1831. So, when it was time for elevenses, we chose a seat near the open doors in the Red room where we could watch the local scene. And, being right in the heart of the university district, there is plenty of entertainment: this day we watched the graduation antics of some laurel-wreathed but otherwise scantily-clad grads undergoing their ritual public roasting.
Considering its history and prime location, we found Pedrocchi’s prices reasonable. My panino for 10 € was far superior to one for 9 € at the rail station, and here I was comfortably seated in an upscale venue. I also ordered their signature Caffè Pedrocchi: a shot of espresso topped with a thick mint cream and sprinkled with chocolate. The contrasting hot and cold flavours created a singular experience. On a future visit, we will also make time to explore the upstairs rooms and museum.
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