Tuscher Caffe

16 Jun

One of the things we enjoy most about Cortona is its Italian authenticity. Most of the restaurants, shops, and stores are owned and operated by Italians, and these are where we prefer to spend time.  Last year, every day when we walked along Via Nazionale, the main street in Cortona, we walked by the Tuscher Caffé, www.caffetuschercortona.com. Although the café was inviting, its name and modern décor clearly weren’t Italian, or so we thought.  Fortunately, this year we discovered otherwise.

The two-story Caffé opened in 2003 in the beautiful Palazzo Ferretti. Massimo and Daniela, the owners and operators of the caffé, named it after the building’s architect, Carl Marcus Tuscher, a German architect and painter who worked in Italy from 1728-41.

Massimo, Daniela and Lucky

The owners take pride in every facet of the caffé, whether it is the wines, the aperitifs, the appetizers, the food, or the desserts. Freshly prepared appetizers match their cocktail creativity, and all meals are made to order.

Appetizers…on the house!

Dinner specials are delicious, but so is everything else we have eaten.

lightly crusted prawns with citrus butter…melt in your mouth!

The chocolato, a kind of flourless chocolate cake, is our favorite dessert!

chocolato, cappucino, and lime citrus mouse

Have it with fresh cream…enough for several to share.

Seating is available inside and out, and there is an upstairs loft for cocktails that overlooks the first floor.

view from the loft

Sandy and Larry

Colorful art decorates the walls; jazzy music fills the rooms; and smiles are everywhere from satisfied patrons.

Girls out for Chocolato

The restaurant is open daily in the summer from breakfast to after dinner.

Benita, Massimo and Sarah

Len and Judy

Be sure to stop by Tuscher if you are in Cortona!



4 Responses to “Tuscher Caffe”

  1. Sandra June 17, 2012 at 5:59 AM #

    Ciao Judy, thanks for sharing Tuscher with us. MMMM, made to order meals, when Mom went to Italy, many of the restaurants made their meals to order, or asked them what they wanted to eat and to come back in a few hours for a made to order meal all ready for them. You gals look so local in your gorgeous scarves.


    • blogginginitaly June 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM #

      And tonight I am making made to order grilled pork chops and veggies! We do love our scarves, but all of a sudden it is so hot here, we can hardly wear them!


  2. Filocia (Phyllis) Poma June 18, 2012 at 7:39 AM #

    Looks like a great place. I love the name Massimo, the name of one of my favorite Italian singers, Massimo Reneri. On one of your blogs it mentioned Napoli, that is where he is from. Did you go to Napoli and Capri? The Island of Capri is a place I definitely would love to visit. Have a great day.


    • blogginginitaly June 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM #

      We have been to Napoli and Capri in the past, but not this trip. However, Larry, Sandy and Mike went to Pompeii and Napoli, and Sarah’s parents went to Sorrento and Capri. I do want to spend more time in Napoli, as well as Sicily.


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