Pretty in Pink

December 1, 2008 / Places
Ascoli Piceno
On Ascoli Piceno’s much beloved Piazza del Popolo rests the grand dame of the city’s meeting places, the Caffè Meletti. The historic hang-out has been featured in a number of films (including one by Fellini and another with Dustin Hoffman), and has played a starring role in the daily life of the Ascolani for a century.

The pink Neoclassic building boasts a frescoed portico, elegant arches, and pastel seating on the piazza. Inside it is marked by marble-topped tables, warm woods, towering mirrors and a graceful spiral staircase. The entire place oozes charm and speaks of sophistication. Here even the bathrooms are special, as they contain Roman ruins below the glass-encased vanities.

Built in 1884 to house the post office, it was transformed into a cafè and distillery by Silvio Meletti, who began producing his now-famous anisette. It was immediately heralded as rich and refined, and quickly become the town’s favorite meeting point, watering hole, and elegant indulgence- a place where even a simple coffee seems special.

One hundred years later, it is still serving the illustrious, the infamous, and the average joes.

Valerie Schneider

by Valerie Fortney- Schneider

Through her company My Bella Basilicata she offers travel planning and on-site genealogy research in the Basilicata region. She is a freelance writer, avid cappuccino drinker, and enthusiastic cook.

Valerie Fortney-Schneider

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