I've lived in Assisi for years. I've had coffees at most of the local bars/cafes. I've sitten outside in piazzas sipping frothy cappuccino and creamy macchiato. I've enjoyed pannini and pastries. I've been impressed often but often not consistently impressed.
Now that seems to have changed. Pasquale and Debra, a lovely and friendly couple, have opened the Baccanale Cafe near Piazza Matteotti. (the upper part of Assisi)
I can honestly say the coffee is really, really good. Though there is no outdoor seating, the inside of this charming cafe has artful touches with ample, comfortable seating. The pastries are fresh and often of the style of Naples.I prefer the Naples pastries to the Umbrian which tend to be a bit dry and uninteresting. Debra's mom added her struffoli to the pastry case at Christmas - a Naples traditional bright sprinkle colored & honey covered sweet. The pannini and pizza portions are generous and scrumptious!
Baccanale offers entertainment - free musical concerts, events for the kids and even Italian/English conversation groups. Do check out their website for upcoming events.
The cafe has an extensive selection of wines and local food products and gifts. There is even free Wi-Fi. All in all, this is a comfortable, welcoming location where you can sit and write, have a good meal, or just share time with friends while sipping on some of the best coffee in Assisi.
My new favorite bar in Assisi - for sure!
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