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Caffè Meletti, the congress of anisetta in Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche

Caffè Meletti, the congress of anisetta in Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Caffè Meletti, in Ascoli Piceno’s Piazza del Popolo, is considered the “congress” of anisetta. With its Art Nouveau decor, this is indeed the most noteworthy “institutional” place where the anice-based liquor, first manufactured by a businessman called Silvio Meletti, can be enjoyed.

Here, since the early 20th century, the first item on patrons’ agenda is always the “anisetta con la mosca”, literally meaning “with the fly” – the “fly” being a roasted coffee bean, immersed in the sweet alcoholic distillate.

Hemingway, Mascagni, Guttridge, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir [...]

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Caffè Meletti, Ascoli Piceno: Great Re-Opening of an Italian Historical establishments

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A salon of ideas and an institution in Ascoli, for years it was home to the “Senato” association of city worthies. King Victor Emmanuel came here in incognito in 1908 and 1910 to buy the famous Anisetta, and granted the title “Supplier to the Royal Household”. Mascagni is said to have started writing his opera “La Lodoletta” here. During the closing years of the last war, the painter Guttuso first planned his “L’Orsa Maggiore” in these rooms. Stuparich, Zandonai, Badoglio, Sartre, and Hemingway all passed by, and Trilussa, beguiled by the Anisetta, wrote: “How many fables and sonnets Meletti has inspired in me!”

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What I’m Drinking: Meletti Anisette

What I’m Drinking: Meletti Anisette | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I was in Italy recently [...] This last time, I visited a city in Le Marche called Ascoli Piceno for the first time. It’s an off-the-tourist-track kind of a place by and large, but it has a lovely city center, all made of travertine, and some very lovely churches, and a history of pottery making. All good stuff. But perhaps best of all, it’s where the Meletti company is, a company known for making delicious imbibables. [...] What I didn’t know, though, until getting to Ascoli Piceno, was how amazing the Meletti Café is.
It sits right on the corner (in the below shot, back right) of the city center I mentioned, which is known as the Piazza del Popolo, and which is one of the prettiest piazza’s I’ve been in [...]
I ordered a Meletti Anisette, which is the most well-known of the Meletti offerings, and which is the finest anisette available anywhere. It has a layered anise flavor and an underlying sweetness that tastes pure and natural; it’s a liqueur that’s meant to be savored and not shot back, and one that mixes like a champion dancer into cocktails – but which has to be had solo (or with three very small additions) to be completely understood.[...]

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HolidayinMarche's curator insight, April 22, 2013 6:11 AM

Ascoli Piceno is well worth a visit and only half an hour from our Villa Gelso