Hello Friends! The cold rains of autumn are upon us as our regular busy season winds down. This has been a tough year for Italy, what with our ongoing political and economic crises, and a year of great challenge for us here at Friends Café.
The weather, which so often determines the amount of spontaneous visits we receive from other parts of Europe, was particularly bad this year. But we have survived, thanks to your support.
So, as our 2013 season comes to a close, we have some big news. After a good run of 10 years, our lease at our current location above the Porta Romana in Casperia has not been renewed. Though we are sad to leave this place which is imbued with so many amazing memories, we must take this news in stride and plan for our future.
There is an saying in English, something along the lines of, "When God closes a door, He opens a window". In Italian we have something similar, and perhaps better: "Quando si chiude una porta, si apre un portone" which translates into "When a door is closed, a larger door is opened."
So today we close the door of our kitchen at Friends Café on Piazza Umberto I. We will continue to operate the bar for a short while, but very soon we will vacate our former premises and will be working hard to open a bigger and better Friends Café to serve you. This new Friends will be located just a few steps more inside Casperia's centro storico on the Piazza del Municipio.
|An old post card showing the Piazza del Municipio prior to our town's name change to Casperia|
The new Friends Café will have three floors. When you come to see us next year, we will be operating not only our usual Wine-Bar/Ristorante with our tried and true regular menu featuring bruschette with Sabina D.O.P. olive oil, Stringozzi O.M.G., and our signature Negronis, we will also have a pizza oven and make delicious pizzas that you can enjoy here in the restaurant, or have delivered to your door if you live or are staying within the centro storico.
Last, but not least, for those who want to relax with a glass of Pecorino, Falanghina, or a G&T or a Negroni beside a fireplace, our third floor will be a comfortable lounge.
So there you have it. Over the course of the winter we will be posting updates on our progress with some sneak previews of how the inside of the new Friends Café is looking and a count down to our Grand Opening in March of 2014, so please stay tuned.
In the meantime, we would like to thank all of you, our faithful patrons: both local, Italian, and from outside of Italy, for your past patronage, support, and your friendship. Without you, there would be no Friends. Salute!