Exciting news for Salford as its award-winning coffee shop Lupo Caffè Italiano has opened its doors at new premises following a forced closure.
Owner Nico Pasquali (30) ran his highly respected coffee shop Lupo Caffè Italiano on Chapel street before his landlord served him notice.
Nico explained how ‘my landlord gave me notice for no reason, I got my lawyers involved because I wished to stay, but he insisted he wanted to refurbish the property – to this day the refurbishment has never happened’.
Nico, who originates from Rome, recalled how despite doing everything in his legal power to remain, he was left with no choice but to find somewhere else.
‘Urban Splash got in contact and helped me find my new premises at Exchange Quay, it’s a brand new development and so far it’s going really well. My loyal customers from Chapel St are coming, plus we are surrounded by businesses who love to come here for lunch’.
The coffee shop, which has been heavily praised by the likes of The Financial Times and Time Out Manchester, is staying put – for now. Nico expressed that ‘for the moment we are staying here, but one day I would like to move back to Chapel St. If a good location comes up, why not?’
‘I moved to Camden, London, when I was 19 but decided to move to Manchester after doing some research, I knew it was the perfect place to start up Lupo Caffè Italiano. The people are so friendly, so it makes the café a sociable place to go to as well.’
Nico went on, ‘when I first opened up a shop along Chapel street, I wasn’t sure where this was going, but now we have our own brand of Italian foods and want to spread the Italian culture of good coffee, cakes and breakfast to Salford’.
When asked what Nico thinks makes his café an award winning establishment, he said he believes it’s down to two things: ‘the fresh Italian produce we have to offer and the strict recipe that we stick to. I’ve done a lot of studying on Italian coffee, when I was in London I would teach people how to make coffee, along with wine tasting and Italian cooking. We will start doing that here soon, but for now I just have one apprentice’.
‘If anyone in Manchester wants to learn to make traditional Italian coffee, then they can come to Lupo Caffè Italiano!’
Besides the delicious coffee and cake available, there is also a lunch time menu that’s freshly made every day – with options such organic lasagna and cannelloni with ricotta and spinach. Nico, whose passion for his craft is undeniable, even bakes traditional Italian focaccia at the cafés kitchen nearby.
‘Despite all of our offerings, we have been most recognized for our Tiramisu. We’ve had high profile organisations saying it’s the best they’ve ever had’.
Since the relaunch, Lupo Caffè Italiano has proved to be a force to be reckoned with. It has been an impressive bounce back from their Chapel street eviction.
Listen to some of the interview with Owner Nico Pasquali here:
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Visit Lupo Caffè Italiano at 2.05 Boat Shed, 16 Exchange Quay, Salford M5 3EQ
Hours: 8am – 5pm (Monday-Friday)
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