Antica Pasticceria degli Svizzeri
Nestled between Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica, the Antica Pasticceria degli Svizzeri pastry shop is a well-established symbol of Pontremoli, together with the majestic bell tower that dominates its entrance.
In 1842 the brothers Aichta, Giovanni Kaspar and the brothers Beelì arrived in Pontremoli from Switzerland’s Canton of Grisons to seek their fortune. In these years, Lunigiana witnessed a strong migration from the North and many stores – usually drugstores, cafés, grocery stores, pastry shops – were opened under the generic name of Degli Svizzeri – Swiss-owned. This migratory flow and resulting commercial activities eventually led to a flourishing economic phenomenon.
Since then – Italy had not yet been unified – the Swiss have always had a special place in the heart of Pontremoli’s inhabitants. The neighboring café and the pastry shop are now managed by the heirs of Meriad Steckli – who joined the founding members in 1851 – who have carefully preserved the decor and feel of its origins: the Art Nouveau wooden displays, the shop’s retro sign, the almost Hasburg-esque elegance of the café dated 1925. This inevitable stop for sweet-tooths from all over the world is a real treasure trove filled with some of Lunigiana’s most renowned and appreciated pastries: the crisp cream-filled Amor (a must!), the typical Christmas Spongata tart, the bocca di dama almond sponge cake and the freshly baked morning brioches.
If you’re just passing through, remember to stop by: when in Lunigiana, it would be a crime to not enjoy the Swiss’s heartwarming patisserie and service
Source: Trame di Lunigiana