From Cappucino to Vino and More!

19 Jul

This year, we added a few places to our morning routine. Bar Sport Caffe Sandy sits on a corner strategically between the two main piazzas of Cortona. It has two entrances, one facing each piazza, a large outdoor seating and two inside dining areas. The owners, Mirko and Elena, son Nando and wife Pia, are always there to greet with a smile, although they were looking rather serious for this photo! They make great cappuccino, and it’s only 1.1euro, or about $1.30 a cup, and NOT served in a paper cup! Civilized. The name Sandy actually refers to the coffee brand.

One of the great things about cafes in Italy is that they are full service from morning till closing. In the morning, people order their preferred form of coffee…espresso, cappuccino, café latte, etc., often accompanied by a dolce, or pastry, or a panini. They can choose to sit inside or out, or stand at the counter, as they read the paper or talk to friends about the latest news.


Typically at Italian cafes, the drink menu is not limited to coffee. Bar Sport Caffe Sandy has a full bar and a huge variety of liquors, which some people, more often tourists, choose as their morning pick me up. In addition, lighter menus are available for lunch and dinner.












Sometimes after dinner, we stop in for a glass of wine, chat with people we meet, or just enjoy people watching in the piazza. If you stop at Sandy’s for a nightcap, don’t be surprised if a lovely plate of bruscettas accompanies your drink… on the house. All part of the experience, all part of the fun. All in all, Bar Sport Caffe Sandy is a great casual spot, day or night!



2 Responses to “From Cappucino to Vino and More!”

  1. Renee July 23, 2012 at 8:24 AM #

    Recently learned of your blog from Tina, who is friends with my sister in OB, and with whom I am acquainted. Have really enjoyed your posts here, and am having a lot of fun going back and catching up. You have captured the essence of your days in Cortona beautifully, and I look forward to reading about your experiences in posts to come. I hope that maybe you will be inspired to write about how all these experiences come to impact your everyday time at home! Ciao!


    • Judy July 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM #

      Glad you are enjoying the blog. It is so much harder for me to write when I am not in Italy, and mental comparisons are always on my mind. I have been considering writing about Chicago, and including similarities and differences about our experiences in both places. Thanks for your comment and thoughts.


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