why do you come running to APELLE?
He laughs, "Yes, and yet it has been open 2 years. Robert came on 1 and 1/2 years now, Martina has come on 1 and 1/2 years and Jacapo, the young bartender, is only here 1 years. I finally have a great team." and the interview is casual and funny.
"The quote under the name, Apelle, on the restaurant says, Smart Food since the food is Smart. It is International and it is Exotic. We have 0 plates of Ferrara Cuisine. Yes I know you can find Pumpkin Cappelecchi everywhere in Ferrara, except here. We have exotic items that Martina goes around the world and tries. She brings the recipes here and we all taste and taste. That we love to do. We add the new food to the menu when we all feel that it is tasty to everybody." he says.
Robert says about his cocktails, "They are signature cocktails. Of course if you ask us to make a Cosmopolitan we can do that, however, the ones we have and are becoming famous for is the signature ones. And the glasses are all vintage. I find these for Matteo and we add these. From Crystal goblets to 100 year old Cruise liner glasses such as the Titanic, although not Titanics," he laughs. That's good!
"Martina is the best chef ever. She worked with Lionello Cera from Osteria Cera Michelin 2 stars..."says Robert proudly who adores Martina.
Martina, "I love Robert!" she says laughing quietly.
"It is rare for Martina to talk to people, she is very shy and stays in the kitchen all the time. When people say, can we meet the chef, sometimes she says yes, and sometimes she hides in the kitchen." says Matteo.
"We ALL LOVE Martina since she is the best chef ever."
I ask Martina how long does it take from the time that she tries a new item with her team to adding the food to the menu? One Week? "O Gosh. It takes at least one month." she says!
the lovely young couple that owns the number 9th most famous restaurant (and that is from Trip Advisor!) in Ferrara. To see the great exotic food please click on the link ...https://www.tripadvisor.it/Restaurant_Review-g194760-d7603043-Reviews-Cibo-Ferrara_Province_of_Ferrara_Emilia_Romagna.html
Via Voltapaletto, 5, +39 0532 247769
"Yes the Germans come and the Americans come and the Russians come and they all say, O I love your husband's food!" says Estephania, with the help of hand gestures and google translate. "Hand signs is the best language," says Luca. "Naples is a beautiful city and people visit it from all around the world. Yet I see and know that if you talk with the hands usually people understand each other. It is a beautiful language, Italian and maybe when you come back to Ferrara in 2 years you know more Italian and know more English." he says laughing. I say I just want to eat his food!
My Lebanese favorite!
"It is a little expensive, " she admits laughing, yet the 3 American girls sitting at a table outside say, "it is totally worth it. The food is GREAT!" they say as they start eating the gorgeous plates being presented and I again keep hinting. Guess I have to come for dinner soon! It is a must in Ferrara for its super young lovely friendly couple who cook and wait on you and the food is exotically prepared from the Gentle heart of Luca.
"Yes we have great food, since my husband is the gorgeous cook," says Estephania giggling constantly...and me who is usually totally serious at all times found myself first giggling with her and than laughing hysterically...she made me laugh with life!
"Luca makes Lebanese food, Napoli food, and of course Ferrara cuisine in a delicate untraditional way. People know they can spend a little here and have a unique and special experience." she says. (laughing, of course!)
Le Proposte Di Pippo
And now Salvatore, is the restaurant the best in Ferrara? "Let's say I can say with confidence it is one of the top 10 restaurants in Ferrara. That is how famous it is. The pizza is very important and people always order the pizza. Pizza can be great or it can be okay. Ours is great every time. We have fish and meat and pasta not just pizza though." says Salvatore.
"Yes at the age of 10 I came to the restaurant and I started helping and at the age of 14 I started learning how to make the pizzas. It took me about 3 years. And It is difficult since you must learn how to mix the pizza recipe which every restaurant has its own recipe. And you must learn how to do that and how to cook it. And the twirling and the throwing and dramatics is just for show!" he admits laughing and Silvano says oops you aren't supposed to say it is just for show!
It is alright I say it is fun to watch.
"I take the long red peppers and dry these. When they dry in the sun, I fry them in oil. YUM! I can let you and the result is crunchy taste that you know from say eating french fries." says Maria, when me, Giuseppe and Monique all ask how she makes these unusual peppers. You can see the peppers pictures below on that huge antipasta south italian plate. They are crunchy and light.
Me and Maria, the talented cuoco, google translate text back and forth during her prepping the dinner at night and she says, "yes I love to cook. It is my passion. It is my love." and I say yes her facebook pictures and the food she lets me taste all give that feeling of years of delicate training.
"Here is my mama making her homemade Orecchiette , which she makes everyday...yes these come from South Italy. She cooked here as a chef for 4 years and learned the art of Ferrara cooking and she combines the two here at the restaurant, yet it is truly a South Italian style to all her dishes."
I say that my mom is the one who calls in to ask for her pizza to be delivered!
Of all the food on the menu which is the best for Giuseppe and what does he eat everyday at the restaurant? "My pizza!" he laughs. "I make new ones everyday for me and Monique to try and I eat my pizza every night!" I say, of all the great things on the menu he only eats his pizza? "Yes!" he says laughing.
And his mom says, "I love fish. We receive fish from South Italy and I love to cook it yet I love to eat it!"Giuseppe says, "Here at South Italy we have a little Grappa with the interview or a little wine, is that alright?" and of course I say yes to the wine yet the Grappa is a little too strong for me. "Yes the different cultures you can tell...the Russians come in and they drink Grappa with the meal, the Americans rarely try it." says Monique.
Alright it is right down the cobblestone alley near Gatto Bianco...the White Cat...MUST EAT HERE!
The First person to say hello or in Italy, CIAO, as you enter the WOODPECKER, which continually makes me laugh whenever I write that name, is Simonetta...in the year of 2015. As she says her name, I say, "O, she must be the boss since her name is Simonetta, and Rino(who really is one of the bosses!) says, "Yes...the tiny boss...tiny Simone..." She smiles as she speaks a little english. It is a charming restaurant with authentic Ferrara food. "The Cappellacci is a big tortellini as the Bologna tortellini is much smaller. That is the difference," he says. We reserach and Wikipedia and find that Giovan Battista Rossetti who is born 1548 and 1584 is of the royal family of Ferrara. "I guess it is where the Cappellacci originally came from and I must say to you seriously, it is the BEST FOOD EVER!
Now 2 years later I meet Simone, the oldest son of 22 who says on Monday he shall be far away from his father's restaurant, "On my day of off I am far away to have fun!" he says. However, on Monday, I find the young son, Lorenzo and family at the restaurant. I tease Lorenzo saying that I thought he would of moved to New York already. "I change my mind. I don't want to go to New York!" he laughs. (I guess he has seen the news!).
"The best thing for Ferrara is that more tourists come since the last couple of years and since December, the high speed train comes from Naples to Venecia and stops in Ferrara. We're lucky!" he says.
The location of the very busy family run restaurant is:
Via Saraceno 14, Phone is 05 322 09463
https://it-it.facebook.com/pages/Pizzeria-Trattoria- Woodpecker/131562160226540 Here is the famous Cappellacci that Rino says can be made with cheese or meat(cappellatti), yet my favorite is the pumpkin. "We have many dishes of pasta you know, not just Cappellaccis!" he keeps reminding me, yet I tell everybody around the world of mine!
Federico and David are totally busy as I walk into the store. It is about 5:00pm and I must stay and to the interview til 7:00pm which is how long it takes to learn the photography business and to wait while tons of people buy cameras! Federico is the 3rd generation of the family of Pandini who has owned the store. He introduces me to his facebook and adverstising manager who is totally enthusiastic about the store, the people who own it and the funny Palio that Ferrara has. "It has been here since 1259b.c. and from that day to the 1700s when the aristocratic family left Ferrara. In the 20th Century it is revived again. It is the oldest existing Palio and we wait to see if we are invited as the official photographers of the events which run from the month of May and the Palio of the running of the horses is on May 28th. The first race is funny since it is a race of donkeys! And they are slow, The big race starts at 16:00pm. It has 8 colors of Contrada and it is beautiful.For the entire month of May every night there is a special event and the people walk the streets in a parade at night with all the costumes and flags. It is very colorful." says Caterina. I tell her that if they are the official photographers I will write about the event to promote it. The Siena event from my website the last 3 years has received many visitors from around the world that are curious about it.
Biba as she is known to friends, her real name is Barbara, is one of the first Bar owners around the world who is a woman. She is tiny.about 5'1" yet is totally lively and fun. "I've owned the bar almost 7years...this is my father who helped me. He has a pension and he comes and works at the bar a couple of days. I love the bar and the people but I would like a more independent life such as a employee at another job. I would like to sell the bar and find a new life! It is tiresome 7 years later!" She says. I tell her the bar is adorable...totally cute! But that I would tell people all around the world if they want to buy a cute little bar right next to the castle here it is!
(Phone: 0532207737 Corso della Giovecca, 40/A a Ferrara
BotteGa DeLLA CANapA at Via Garibaldi 125
The Camera Store has been in Ferrara since 50 years it opened in about 1963 says the Grandson of the original owner, his Grandfather, "Do we have a picture of Grandfather?" he asks his associates but they shake their heads and since the website is relatively new they say...hmm therefore I take a couple of pictures to show you the funky fun people...below is
Erico the Grandson, David
FOTO PANDINI VIA GARIBALDI 121
Erico with one of the photographs that he has done. "I am the only photographer out of us that work here." When I ask him to take his hair down it matches the picture! "Yes, it is long." he says. The photograph is hidden behind a pillar and it doesn't match the store with stock photos or landscapes displayed...it is a foreign photograph of myth and depth and you should check it out... Cool "I am a amatuer photographer" says David. "Only a hobby! I just like working with the customers! But I have a couple of favorites that always bring in their pictures from the last 10 years...one is Ballo...here is his picture book. Pretty cool."
Going around the world the places he loves to photograph best? "Prague and Rome. Especially Rome" David says.
Via Delle Volte 37 Ferrara Italy
I know the restaurant is kind of cool and the coolest is that the owner's a husband and wife team...early 30's young young young and the wife Sanja's youngest brother are the 3 characters that make it happen.
The three team:) " We always work in restaurants and last year we say lets buy that restaurant and lets make it as a team. And now 8 months we own the restaurant." Says the young girl Sanja pictured here on left brother and on the right her espousa, Evan. "How do I say Cristian likes to...um he likes to how do you say decorate? Yes he likes to do desserts and decorate these and my husband loves to make new items to the menu. We have fun all the time working with each other, " she says as her brother runs a apple he made into a swan to the big table pictured on the other side. As you can see the young girl is eating the apple in the highchair!
A fun little funky bar down the alley to the lefthand side of the Cathedral is named Pizzeria and Osteria Adelardi...it holds great photos of the bartender at Maracaibo...and you can find these at the alley of Della Cattedrale... right down the lane at via Adelardi...have fun! +39 0532211954
Via Contrari 13, Ferrara, Italia
The coolest little bar complete with
outdoor umbrellas has a great drink
and apertif every night...yum gnocchis!
The staff with owner the big guy, Andreas,
Giorgio the photographer, Elena, Frederica,
Allesandra, Nicole, Joleo...are funky fun and
love love love with pictures...
When I think of Um Street Fighters I imagine a bunch of people rumbling but the store in Ferrara is about the Music and the young culture of Breakdancing. The two owners! Marco and Luca are both involved in the dance culture as singers and then DJs.
Marco actually does an article 6 times per year in the famous Break Dancing Magazine. They're young partners and we're sweet to give me a 10Euro! donation to say that they appreciated it totally much to put the Store on the Website. They have a big dance on April 12 at, SINATRA! FERRARA italy.
4,000 people expected to attend.
Via Ragno, 50 44100 Ferrara Tel. 053 2/ 76.87.36
GATTO BIANCO...WHITE CAT OSTERIA Via Carlo Mayr 59, 44121 Ferrara Italia 0 53 2 722007
At the Taverna he definitely knows how to do music. I know how to do my facebook friends, my emails and my website .
If you need help with programming songs into your computer and finding new places to locate these music websites definitely talk to Alan...who wears a DJ hat, a chef's outfit, and a bartender charm all at once:)
Nello il vinaio - Osteria Senese
Facebook...Via Contrari 52.
Ferrara 05324 73 141
Hi want a cool young local hangout to shout and have fun with friends til 1:30 am? Try the Cambusa which is on facebook with a group of friends at Amici della Cambusa... Emma is the bartender and she is kind and normal and fun. I liked her and trusted her immediately. "People come hang out. I volunteer to write the website but I don't get paid for it...it is English and Italian but most people in Ferrara only speak Italian..." I laugh and tell her sometimes that is a good thing and especially with google translate i can't understand anything! And she nods and smiles. IT is a local casual bar as is all the places in Ferrara fun and casual and real.
My personal favorite of Godiva ...or Ferrara's favorite of La Bottega Del cioccolato near the cathedral, whichever one you love at La Bottega Del the minute you look at the Chocolates you get fat!
Via Terranuova, 60 - 44100 Ferrara
Telefono - Fax 0532.209151 http://www.mezzalunaristorante.it/
www.games-workshop.com/Via Contrari 31, 44121 Ferrara 053.2.243061
WarHammer, Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons...come play with Andrea who is the leader of the band at the tiny little game store fun!
Andrea says, "People play from 8 years to 70years...the difference is the young ones scream and yell and jump up and down and play and have fun but
the older ones take awhile to think about their strategy and they discuss strategy before making decisions. You can tell the difference."
"My store has 1,772 bottles of wine available every day because I have 15 stores." Wow that is a huge number... when I laugh and ask if he has tasted all 1,772...he says laughing, "Yes. I tasted everyone. Because it is important to know all of em. If someone asks me what that tastes like I have to know. Now there is many years and it is imossible to know al the years of all the wines but I know all the vineyards. There is 20,000 wines in Italy." Wow again!
Guila who speaks a tiny English tries hard to communicate and we laugh at Marco who is HILARIOUS... "Now I even have the key to not being alcoholic... There is a secret to don't be alcoholic when you drink something good you are working everyday to find something better and everyday more £money it costs to keep tasting more expensive wine. And finally your tastes you can't afford." Emme laughs...and that is how not to be an alcoholic...you can't afford your tastes!
Which job is more fun...IT or the bar? He hesitates, "The bar it is friends all the time and I can have more fun than at IT!"
Stefano owns the Bugs Bunny Cafe in Ferrara and English is his language, "O I Learn English in my other job. Because that is not what I really do I am a IT during the week and all of the people that I talk to on the phone they come from England and America and I have to learn English." Okay his Italian is perfect since he is from Ferrara however he I can have a funny conversation with.
Corso Isonzo, 83
Stefano works at his cafe from 6 to 8 pm everyday and does the apertifs at the bar. The free little food that Italians eat with their wines and beers after work. I say that it must be fun for him to have a dinner party every night with friends since he knows all his guests. I say that to him it must be as if he provides the food at the dinner parties and the guests buy the wine:)
He laughs, "Yes it is that way."
Here is the huge beautiful palace of Ferrara complete with a real moat:) And if you mosey excuse the pun on down the alley into the midst of funny real Italians from Ferrara you shall happen upon aromatherapy store named Profumeria Cosmetica Naturale Via Garibaldi °65... 053.2.248695...love that store...the minute you enter a soothing smell of perfumes meets you. Cristiano Tomadin has educated himself in the arts of perfumes and oils about 10 years of experience. Along with the friends of his that help him to mix and make these unique and special formulas that instantly will relax you the minute you try he has then "created a world other than the world of Ferrara" he says. I loved the smells and the candles and the oils and the lotions...okay I loved all of these in the store:) "a world in which you do not want to leave..."
Okay talk talk talk talk talk ...want to have fun and meet the funny cucina manager and owner of the La Compagnia Osteria plus hear cowboy music? Come tonight on Friday to the Osteria from 7:30pm and the owner Sergio will serenade you with his guitar...yes that is him hiding with his hands up:)Facebook Osteria-La-Compagnia
+39(0)532 248783 · Piazza Sacrati 32
Enrico says, "You must come tonight to test the Cappellaccis...there is a big rivalry between Ferrara and Mantua where they put fruit in the Raviolis but Ferrara only uses pumpkin and it is the long pumpkin not not the round fat pumpkin." I say o that is called squash in America. "Squash?...o that is typical of Ferrara." We chat about food and life and he tells me that a couple of years hence that there is a big earthquake actually two and that his entire room shook. "At the first earthquake I came into the Osteria and see the beams on the ceiling? They're from th 14th century and only at the restaurant 3 wine glasses had broken but all of the others were perfectly on the tables. Only 3 that is how the architects make the buildings in the 14th century. Today the modern buidlings had holes in them but not this building."
As I lean on the counter the wine bottles shake underneath me and I tell Enrico how in the last couple of days a wine bottle in a totally old Venetian Restaurant had miracously jumped from the wine cellar near me and crashed on the flood. The owner had said o that is alright don't worry about it although I felt so bad but yesterday at a restaurant eating pumpkin Cappellacci's the young son had backed into my little wine glass and it had shattered everywhere on the table... and now I said that things happen in threes and I am afraid that the wine bottles will shatter.. Enrico laughs, "O they're fine. One time a lady knocked the wine bottle over with her purse but it is allright." But when he tells me the story of the 3 broken wine glasses during the earthquake I ask if he is telling true? He says, "Yes I saw these 3 when I came into the Restaurant. It is true. Only 3 had broke. Maybe Ferrara is bad with wine?" Enrico is a musician and plays in the band "Dead Ronnies". Seen here on youtube live at Ferrara that is Enrico singing! Funny!