Although Carlo Lavena, proprietor of the Café from 1860 reached a considerable social position and was a friend of personalities such as Richard Wagner, daily patron of the Lavena from 1879 to 1883, he had no qualms about getting his hands into the dough to teach his workers the secrets of his renowned pastry.
The taste of tradition
For more than 250 years, Caffé Lavena has been an elegant meeting place in St. Mark’s Square
Over its many years of business the Lavena has maintained a flowering production of artisan pastry
Over its many years of business the Lavena has maintained a flowering productionof artisan ice creams
The vast assortment of aperitifs and house cocktails, prepared with care and professionalism by barmen belonging to the Italian Barmen and Sommelier Association
Elegant and refined service is the hallmark of the Caffé Lavena
Richard Wagner, one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time, gave lustre to Caffé Lavena, frequenting the place from the time of his first visit to Venice and becoming a habitué.
Almost every day, Wagner was accompanied by Luigi, his gondolier, to St. Mark’s Square. He stayed at the café from 5 to 6 in the afternoon, often chatting with Carlo Lavena.
Situated on the sunniest corner of Piazza San Marco, at the foot of the Clock Tower, in front of the Basilica, the Caffé Lavena has been one of Venice’s most renowned coffee boutiques since 1750.
San Marco Square 133/134, Venice
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