Baci from Alassio and D’Annunzio’s gallantry

The Baci invented in 1919 by Pasquale Balzola are also known as “the sweets of gallantry”, a designation coined by Gabriele D’Annunzio, the great Italian writer – and perhaps even greater copywriter.

D’Annunzio was a habitué of Balzola’s bar and pastry shop in Alassio, a beautiful town in the coast of Liguria: he often stopped there for a break with his two greyhounds and Eleonora Duse. His successful slogan, however, was inspired by a slightly embarrassing episode: one day, he was short on cash to pay the bill (and that was neither the first nor the first time). He got off with a smile and that compliment: “Your baci are the sweets of gallantry”, which the lenient owner accepted in payment.

Perhaps this graciousness – as much as the town’s gorgeous sunny weather, immortalized in Arturo Graf’s verse “Here is Alassio, making the sun fall in love” – helped make the wonderful chocolate and hazelnut sweets a popular classic. It still is a favorite at Caffè Pasticceria Balzola.

Baci from Alassio and D’Annunzio’s gallantry

Alassio (Sv)
Caffè Pasticceria Balzola, piazza Matteotti, 26
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