Caffè Meletti, a very elegant caffè in Piazza del Popolo, Ascoli Piceno, was begun by the Meletti family who make the delicious Anisetta and other liqueurs. However, it's been quite some years since it has been owned by one of the local banks. Great that the bank stepped in to rescue one of the town's icons but a pity that it did not live up to expectations, that is, until now! I had lunch there on Tuesday and was delighted to find an experienced manager, whose family has had restaurants in Ascoli for many years, friendly and competent staff and good food. Seeing the waiters in their black trousers, olive green ties and cream, double-breasted jackets was like stepping back in time. Congratulations! Caffè Meletti is returning to it's former glory.
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