The Alajmo brothers teamed up with David Lanher, the Paris-based restaurateur (Racines, Racines 2, Racines NYC, Vivant, Noglu) and designer Philippe Starck, to open an Italian-style coffeehouse or “caffè” in the former home of Graveur Stern, the historic French letterpress.
Located in the heart of Paris at 47 Passage des Panoramas inside one of the city's famed arcades, Caffè Stern offers a wide variety of authentic Italian coffee preparations made with coffee selected by Gianni Frasi, roaster and owner of Laboratorio Torrefazione Giamaica Caffè in Verona. Freshly ground beans are used to prepare everything from a classic espresso to “Lì per lì,” a mini-cappuccino originally from Trieste, or “Senza fretta,” coffee prepared in a Neapolitan coffee maker.
Open from 8:30 am to midnight, Caffè Stern serves guests continuously throughout the day, beginning with a gourmet breakfast of croissants and extravirgin olive oil brioches, followed by a mid-day aperitivo of cichetti (Venetian-style tapas) like whipped salt cod with fried polenta, saffron and ragu arancini, or pappa al pomodoro.The lunch and dinner menu includes Alajmo classics like hand-chopped Piedmontese beef with smoked olive oil, spaghetti alla carbonara made with extra-virgin olive oil, fried langoustines with bottarga sauce, and Max's signature steamed pjzza; all served in a series of connecting rooms that date to the 16th century.
Sergio Preziosa, executive chef of Caffè Stern, worked with Max in the kitchen at Le Calandre for four years, while sous chef Dennis Mattiuzi spent the last three years in the kitchen at Ristorante Quadri.
47, passage des Panoramas
+33 (0)1 75 43 63 10
Open Monday from 12 pm to midnight
and Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 am to midnight
Lunch 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Dinner 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm