Wow! This Italian-accented cafe is (dare I say) chic! The new owners of the James Pharmacy have kept the best bits of this historic building and spit-polished the rest. White marble tables and black cafe chairs now sit on the old wide plank floors. the walls are lined with shelves of epicurean Italian products you won’t find elsewhere, and that gleaming brass espresso machine is right off the boat. Owners Paul and Eilene Angelini are taking this Italian thing very seriously, because, well, they’re Italian.
Caffe Marche named after the area that Paul hails from, serves breakfast and lunch daily, along with gelato and freshly baked treats like Cannolo Marchegiano and Cappello del Prete (Priest’s hats filled with cream), and Cornetto (croissants) all the time. Mornings you’ll find organic yogurt parfaits with housemade granola (and if you, like us, take advantage of the quiet and wifi), you may still be there at lunchtime when you can feast on farro salad, mozzarella, and tomato sandwiches, and housemade pasta doused lightly in homemade sauces. Folks will be flocking for the classic gelato, whipped up on premises daily. It’s the real deal with clear, fresh flavor (a combo of chocolate and strawberry was ridiculous). Afternoon Teas and pop-up dinners are in the works.
p.s. If you’re looking for a spot to stash your family for the holidays, the three renovated B&B rooms upstairs are perfect. White marble bathrooms, black four posters, lush bedding, with gas fireplaces in every room. A sweet mix of antiques and modern, thanks to the genius designers at Three Trees Interiors.
www.caffemarche.com 2 Pennywise Lane, Old Saybrook