Cafe Garibaldi History
An Italian patriot and guerrilla leader of the Risorgimento, a republican who by his conquest of Sicily and Naples greatly contributed to the achievement of Italian unity under the Royal House of Savoy.
He was born on July 4, 1807 at Nice, then a french town, but from 1815 to 1860 it was included within the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont.
Qualities that Giuseppe Garibaldi displayed - skill as a general, extraordinary personal courage, power of leadership and determination never to surrender to enemies of Italy - caused him to be regarded as the very embodiment of the Italian national spirit and gave him a european reputation as a superman, the "hero of two worlds". In recognition of his achievements, Italy has named many "Piazzas" (a "piazza" is a town square - a central point) after Giuseppe Garibaldi. Most cities whether they are large or small have a "Piazza Garibaldi".
Why are we named Cafe Garibaldi ?
On the Adriatic seaside, in central Italy, in a small Abruzzi town called CASALBORDINO, we have a very, very special 97 year old nonna (grandmother) who sits at her balcony overlooking "Piazza Garibaldi" every day and talks to her acquaintances as they gather in the town square.
Although, we are an ocean apart from our dear grandmother, we feel that we are with her everyday when we are here at "CAFE GARIBALDI".
Our dear grandmother passed away on Mother's Day May 13, 2000 at the age of 97.