Buon Giorno

cafe latteAfter such a great crazy holiday season at the bakery, I decided to take a break and take a trip to the one place I’ve always wanted to go to – Italy. The moment my plane touched down, I felt totally connected to this wonderful place.  (Exact destination – Firenze). I was instantly in love – the Italian language, the people and especially the food. Everything is just so simple there, simple but wonderful. Don’t get me wrong, I love living here in the states, now more than ever, but there is something very magical about Florence and the towns around it.gina-a-firenze


As I pranced around the city, I was able to visit some really amazing cafes. During my visits, I would notice how fresh everything was and how good everything smelled. I also got to play the part of a tourist and really see how it feels to be on the other side of the counter. ”Buon Giorno, come stai oggi?” was instantly shouted as I entered every café.  Being so far from home, it was so comforting to walk into a place and feel instantly welcomed.  Eating a delicious treat and having a cup of coffee was a special part of my everyday routine .As I was greeted by the servers with big smiles and asked questions about my country, I thought about all the amazing tourists that walk through our doors at the bakery. They come from all over the United States and even all over the world to visit us and feel that same way I felt. I am so proud and happy that my staff and I can do the same. We can offer a great cup of coffee, a wonderful treat and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere so everyone who visits can feel right at home. We can even shout out a “Buon Giorno!” if you’d like.


4 Responses to “Buon Giorno”

  1. 1 Jen January 24, 2009 at 10:28 am

    So true, I’ve always felt quite welcome when I’ve visited the bakery. Every time I have someone visiting me for the first time from out of town I take them to the bakery to experience what I call “the best chocolate chip in the world”. They usually agree : )

  2. 2 Anna January 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    We’re going in March and I just can’t wait! I’ve never been to Italy, but friends who’ve been say it’s a very special place — especially Florence. I’m having a tough time choosing restaurants, though I can’t imagine being disappointed with any of them.

    You may already know about this, but a friend of mine recommended a video series from PBS on the Medici. I haven’t ordered it yet, but it sounds really good. It’s called Medici Godfathers of the Renaissance.


  3. 3 gina January 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    thanks so much for visiting us at the bakery with all your visitors! say hi the next time you stop in…..

  4. 4 gina January 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm


    have a wonderful time in florence! you will love it and you cannot go wrong with any restaurants you choose.One of my favorites is called “i latini”. it was one of my best meals in Florence.

    Have fun!

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