NAPLES, ITALY - 20 JULY 2019: The chef prepares a dish of spaghetti alla Nerano here at Cisterna Cafe & Bistrot, a cafe in Naples, Italy, on July 20th 2019.
In 2016 a group of entrepreneurs decided it was time Naples had a bar where people could indulge in a lazy morning breakfast, a slow midday meal or a long afternoon tea – a place where the chairs are comfortable, the tables are an inviting wood and you are encouraged to stay and make your phone calls, write your papers and chat with friends. A bistro that encourages an indulgence in idleness, sitting between old radios and vintage chandeliers in a space where design and food are both thoughtful and high quality.
Cisterna Cafè & Bistro was born inside the shell of an old building on Via Cisterna dell’Olio. The road – and the bar – is so called because of the four very large cisterns that once stood here, used to preserve the olive oil that arrived in Naples from all over.
The Neapolitan Salvatore and Attanasia, who is of Greek origins, are the two friendly baristas-cum-bartenders who welcome customers each morning. “Here, we have clients who come to have breakfast and then they stay all morning working,” says Salvatore.