Surrounded by imposing sixteenth-century walls 4 kilometers long, Lucca is one of medieval cities best preserved in the country, a whole succession of squares, shops, alleys, postcard views. The reasons for a visit are truly many: the good food, the architectural and historical beauties and the numerous cultural events and manifestations, from the Lucca Summer Fest to Lucca Comics & Games on stage these days and until November 5th, which attracts tourists, cosplayers, lovers of comics, video games and the fantasy world from all over the world.
Here is a list of best 6 bars and pastry shops in Lucca where you can treat yourself to a signature breakfast, a tasty lunch break, a relaxing aperitif, but also where you can buy sweet souvenirs, including haute patisserie creations and typical specialties such as buccellato Lucchese or torte con i becchi.
Atelier Damiano Carrara
Pastry shop. A good pastry shop for everyone, gluten free and to a large extent lactose-free: this is the heart of the proposal Damiano Carrara, skilled pastry chef and much-loved television face. In his restaurant, which is to all intents and purposes a dessert atelier, the refined display enhances the aesthetic perfection and attention to detail of each creation. Cakes and single portions have defined flavors and decidedly successful textures. Among the excellent baked cakes not to be missed Sant’Angelo 1992shortcrust pastry with pine nut frangipane, lemon custard and sanded pine nuts, and the Giuliana, courgette and almond cake with semi-candied ginger and citrus cream. During the Lucca Comics & Games the sign will also be present at Cortile degli Svizzeri and the Carducci Pavilion (stand 439) with original and delicious desserts dedicated to the event.
Via Matteo Civitatti, 599
Santa Zita café
Bar. A place of great elegance that develops among suggestive rooms from the retro style and a beautiful back garden with climbing plants, flowers and mirrors. Here we start well in the morning, thanks to coffees and cappuccinos from fine single origins and leavened products like the Daffodil, flower-shaped croissantwhere he Narciso, milk sandwich with tasty fillings. There is also no shortage of breakfast formulas, comfortable homemade cakes and the famous “Miracoli di Santa Zita” biscuits (in limited editions, each time inspired by a territory and made in collaboration with renowned chefs and pastry chefs). They are also ideal for tea time, available in an extraordinary selection. You can also have a rich brunch or an à la carte lunch. Remarkable wine offering and high-quality aperitifs, thanks to beautifully crafted cocktails and very tasty bites. Numerous cultural musical events are organized throughout the year.
Piazza San Frediano, 16
Bar. The wooden furnishings and shelves full of delicacies are the warm welcome offered by the historic Taddeucci family restaurant. The highlight here is the buccellato lucchese, which has received numerous awards. Classic or in a “toasted” version, you can order it for breakfast, perhaps embellished with butter and jam, and accompany it with a good coffee or a silky cappuccino. Excellent address to taste or buy other local specialties such as ricciarelli, cantuccini, Pan Puccini, panforte, the “torta coi becchi”, a traditional baked cake made from shortcrust pastry which takes its name from the “tips” that shape it the edges (the one stuffed with chard, pine nuts and raisins is delicious). For savory lovers there are round stuffed focaccias and small pizzas. The tables in the lively Piazza San Michele are perfect for enjoying a snack, an aperitif or a tasting of typical liqueurs.
Piazza San Michele, 34
Tambellini since 1870
Bar. Ancient post station and tastefully renovated horse shed, Tambellini It is characterized by a welcoming atmosphere and a quality, all-round proposal. You enter the bar area, which was once a shop and then a wine shop, a soul still well represented by thewine shop with over 500 labels. It opens in the morning to serve velvety cappuccinos and coffee with a full, rounded flavor to accompany good croissants. People also come for its cuisine, which offers dishes inspired by regional tradition and Lucca presented with care and simplicity. Throughout the day, aperitifs and snacks take place with assorted platters of cured meats and cheeses and selected glasses. You can also buy gastronomic specialties. The internal courtyard is beautiful.
Via di Sant’Alessio, 1403
Bread and jam
Bar. The warm welcome and the family atmosphere are just two of the advantages of this beautiful reality in the Monte San Quirico area, an interesting bar and agricultural pastry shop led by the young team made up of Edoardo Pieretti, his sister Francesca and his wife Francesca Raimondi. Seasonal vegetables arrive from the company’s farm for tasty lunch dishes and snacks appetizers that accompany cocktail and wines for the aperitif, but also the raw material for the oil and the homemade jams, to be enjoyed in the morning with bread, alongside yogurt and fragrant leavened products. The café is well executed and the desserts are really good, from classics like lemon cake and apple crumble to more contemporary creations. Sunday brunch recommended.
Via C. Viviani, 1099
Sandra’s pastry shop
Pastry shop. Born in 1997 from the idea and hand of the pastry chef Sandra Bianchi, it is a well-kept little place near the walls that develops around a large showcase counter where pastries, cakes, leavened and savory products are displayed. The proposal is developed between “traditional” pastry, the wellness line (desserts with a lower glycemic index and with a reduced use of saturated fats) and gluten- or lactose-free products. You choose between classic and original creations, see for example the red turnip croissant, the vegan Sacher mignon, the mini version of the Lucchese “torta d’erbi”. The Rose Cake is elegant and very pleasant, three layers of biscuit joined by a cream infused with rose buds and milk. Cafeteria to accompany, and for a snack, sandwiches, toast, puff pastry and stuffed savory croissants.
Via Borgo Giannotti, 391
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