The Caffè Meletti is one of Italy’s 150 historic cafés. It is located right next to the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo in the central Piazza del Popolo square in Ascoli Piceno.
Caffè Meletti Ascoli Piceno
Address: Via del Trivio, 56 – 63100 Ascoli Piceno. Phone: +39 0736 255559. Opening times: 08:00 till 23:00 (till midnight on Saturdays and Sundays).
History and description
The Caffè Meletti was built between 1882 and 1884 as Palazzo delle Poste e Telegrafi. Since 1907 it has served as a café.
Over the years, Ernest Hemingway, Jean Paul Sarte and Simone de Bouvoir, among others, have enjoyed coffee and the house specialty, anisetta con la mosca (anisetta with a coffee bean), distilled by the café itself.
In 1990 it was bought by the Fondazione Carisap. This foundation also had it thoroughly restored, after which it was reopened only in 1998.
The Caffè Anisetta Meletti has often been used as a backdrop in Italian films.