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Caffè Stern
An Italian café in the heart of Paris

“A historical French landmark with the flavors of Italy”

Caffè Stern, located in the heart of Paris inside the Passage des Panoramas, is the brainchild of the Alajmo brothers and Gianni Frasi, a fourth-generation coffee roaster from Verona. Housed inside a landmark letterpress shop, Caffè Stern was brought back to life thanks to designer Philippe Starck.
Open all day, visitors can stop by for an olive oil brioche in the morning and return later in the day for Venetian-style “cicchetti” like baccalà mantecato (whipped stockfish) with fried polenta squares. The lunch and dinner menu features Italian classics revisited by Max Alajmo like spaghetti alla Carbonara or a “cappuccino” made with potato puree and Bolognese meat ragu.

The team


Executive chef Sergio Preziosa, who worked alongside Max at Le Calandre for four years, and sous chef Denis Mattiuzzi, formerly of Ristorante Quadri (Venice), oversee the kitchen of Caffè Stern. Piodaniele Chimetto, the Alajmo brothers’ cousin manages the front of the house, while the wine program is run by Mirko Favalli.

The menu

Summer has arrived in Paris and at Caffè Stern you will find new dishes dedicated to the season. Look for Grouper carpaccio with peach sauce, mustard and green pepper, Steamed green pjzza with fresh tomato sauce and chopped herbs, Cold spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, chili pepper and eggplant sauce and Amberjack with basil panzanella and tomato salad. Finish your meal with Grilled apricots with ginger gelato or a Cold cappuccino of coffee granite and soft almond cream.

History

Caffè Stern is located inside Passage des Panoramas, the oldest of seventeen arcades in Paris to have survived Haussmann's urban renovation of the mid-1800s when most of these ornate walkways were replaced by grands magasins (department stores). The space that now houses Caffè Stern was originally opened as a letterpress in 1834 by Moïse Stern and Anselme Aumoitte. In 1849, the two entrepreneurs rented several small shops inside the Passage at the intersection of Galerie des Variétés and Galerie Feydeau, which would become their apartments and the headquarters of their flourishing business. Stern eventually took over the business, renaming it Maison Stern and designing the ex-libris (bookplate) that hangs as a large sign above the entrance to Caffè Stern still to this day. The sign contains the dates 1867 and 1889, the two years in which Stern was awarded a gold medal at the World Fair. In 1980 Moïse invited his son René to join the business, renaming it Stern et fils. Over the years, the business was passed down from generation to generation and the traditional letterpress techniques were maintained. In 2008, Maison Stern moved from Passage des Panoramas to 131 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th arrondissement. On July 10, 2009, Maison Stern, including its interiors and furnishings was named a Historic Monument of France. The space remained closed to the public until September 2014 when it was reopened by the Alajmo brothers. Today, Caffè Stern is an Italian-style coffeehouse and bistro, allowing the public to enjoy a part of French history.

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