In the heart of the medieval quarter, amidst the walled-in arcades, vaulted foyers, fine sculpted portals and 17th century niches, tripe has been prepared and sold here at least since 1890 when Annetta Cavagnaro was the owner. The shop, one of the most intriguing and fascinating in the city, stayed in the original proprietor’s family for almost a hundred years, run initially by Annetta’s grandson Giovanni, whose son Agostino Cavagnaro was the last descendent to carry on the family trade. Since 1984 Gabriella Colombo and her husband Franco have been the driving forces behind this century-old establishment where the ambience and aromas are those of yesteryear. The interior is a blend of beauty and simplicity thanks to the architecture, the furnishings and the original tools from the early 20th century. Outside there’s an attractive overdoor and an unpretentious shopfront, while the features inside include the floor alla genovese, barrel vault ceiling, white majolica wall tiles, Rumford fireplace, framed by small brown majolica tiles and large oven hood above the copper pots and pans. Until about 50 years ago the locals used to sit here on stools at the attractive early 20th century marble top tables and have a snack. The majority of the regular customers were workers and port employees who would stop here on their way to work for a filling bowl of hot tripe soup.
Genova, Vico Casana, 3 R
Tel: +39 010 2474357
Inside, an eye-catching diploma from 1903 with elegant Art Nouveau decoration framing it: curvaceous, harmonious female figures and, in the background, on one side Rome with a bridge over the Tiber and Castel Sant’Angelo, and on the other Turin with the Mole Antonelliana overlooking the Po and the riverside Parco del Valentino.