La Pasqualina has changed over the years, but its values are always the same.
Our history dates back to 1912, when Pasqualina was the name of a person, before it became the name of a place.
Aunt Pasqualina was a girl so beautiful that you would fall head over heels in love with her. And that's what happened to Uncle Piero. Together they made a dream come true in the countryside of Almenno San Bartolomeo, in the province of Bergamo.
Ristoro Cacciatori Pasqualina was born: a tavern with simple flavours, where courtesy and hospitality reigned along with traditional, wholesome flavours.
This was the beginning of a story about a place where the destinies of many generations, many people, and one family crossed paths. The heart of Pasqualina still beats today in Riccardo's pastry shop.
In the 1950s, Ristoro Cacciatori Pasqualina was certainly not the only tavern in the town, but it was the only one with a television set.
The people of Almenno gathered here to comment on the most important news over a glass of wine and a plate of hot tripe. In 1963, the whole town followed the news of the death of Pope John XXIII on the small screen. The "full house" would repeat in November of that same year for the assassination of U.S. President John Kennedy.
In the '60s Grandfather Luigi and Grandmother Lina were behind the counter, and with them came new things. There was already a vegetable patch and orchard out in the back, and a greenhouse was added to provide fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables (Grandpa Luigi would smile if he saw his grandson picking up the baton and "getting his hands dirty" in L'Orto di Lalli [Lalli's Vegetable Garden].
A bocce court and three tennis courts were built, a futuristic novelty for the small town of Almenno. Pasqualina became a hangout and second home for young people, who considered tennis a trendy sport.
On those tennis courts, our mother Rosa and our father Alberto fell in love, as did Uncle Franco and Aunt Lisetta. In the '70s and '80s well-known celebrities of fashion, film, and TV like Ugo Tognazzi, Paolo Villaggio, Ubaldo Lay, Ornella Muti and others began to occasionally frequent the tennis courts and tavern for a break from the spotlight without too many formalities.
All of Riccardo's memories and childhood are linked to Pasqualina, where he grew up helping his grandfather and uncles. On January 1, 1995, Riccardo was twenty-six and everything changed: that was the day that Pasqualina became his. Now he would decide its future and build it day by day. The adventure in the world of pastry began with gelato and with Riccardo's obsession for "100% made by us." From here to wholemeal brioches, Colomba Easter cake and Panettone Christmas cake, the rule is always the same: our products don't have to be the best in the world, but they must be unique because they are ours and ours alone.
«With Pasqualina I wanted to create something to be proud of.»
In 2007 Riccardo opened a second shop in Bergamo, at via Borfuro 1, and in 2012 he also opened a shop in Porto Cervo, on the Promenade du Port. And now, with our e-commerce, the flavours of Pasqualina can finally arrive in everyone's homes.
If you can't resist the urge to munch on a Pasqualino biscuit, you just have to ask, with a click.
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