Caffè Meletti, the congress of anisetta
Caffè Meletti, in Ascoli Piceno’s Piazza del Popolo, is considered the “congress” of anisetta. With its Art Nouveau decor, this is indeed the most noteworthy “institutional” place where the anice-based liquor, first manufactured by a businessman called Silvio Meletti, can be enjoyed.
Here, since the early 20th century, the first item on patrons’ agenda is always the “anisetta con la mosca”, literally meaning “with the fly” – the “fly” being a roasted coffee bean, immersed in the sweet alcoholic distillate.
Hemingway, Mascagni, Guttridge, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were amongst the most illustrious “representatives” that enjoyed the locale. The people of Ascoli Piceno consider the square and this building – built in the late 19th century to accommodate the town’s Post Office, and transformed by Meletti in an elegant commercial operation between 1905 and 1907 – a unique venue for social life.
The congress of anisetta lovers meets here every day. And Caffè Meletti’s beauty always reaches unanimous consent.