In this era of modern Italian coffee bars with free Wi-Fi, blasting music videos and blindingly bright florescent lighting, Scarponi Pasticceria is a little piece of heaven.
Scarponi has been selling classic cakes, sweet rolls and chocolates shaped like espresso cups, screwdrivers and soccer cleats…and oh, coffee! Their specialty is an espresso topped with a secret mixture of milk, coffee and sugar. What’s not so unusual about this bakery shop, however, is it’s family-owned and operated: Wife Annunziata works the cash register ( La Cassa), son Stefano tends bar while Attilio bakes confections in his warm, sweet-smelling kitchen.
Attilio Scarponi was born on September 20, 1940 in Orvieto, Italy. Like many of his generation he was expected to dutifully step into the family’s preferred profession (his parents wanted him to become a toll taker on the Autostrada). But Attilio had other plans and chose the life he wanted: Creating delicious things from flour, butter, eggs, sugar and milk. The job of a Pasticcere is not an easy one. He rises at four in the morning and finishes his workday at six. Logging in nearly fifty-three years rolling dough and melting chocolate, he could possibly be the longest-working pastry chef in Umbria.
For locals and visitors alike “
Scarponi” is a nostalgic place; it hasn’t changed much in its thirty-eight years. You’re always welcome to sit and read the newspaper, gather your thoughts, recoup your sanity or visit with neighbors. It’s sad to say it, but it’s true: They just don’t make ‘em like Attilio or Scarponi Pasticceria anymore.
Scarponi Pasticceria; Pizza Del Popolo 7, Orvieto
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Orvieto or Bust, Toni recently packed everything she owns into two suitcases and headed to Orvieto, Italy. She’s adjusted her tennis game to the clay courts and drinks way too many caffe lattes.