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A major landmark for the town of Ascoli Piceno since 1907, Caffè Meletti enjoys a very central location in Piazza del Popolo. Being part of the cultural heritage of the town, it’s not surprisingly one of the most popular tourist attractions.

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For years, our coffeehouse served as a meeting place where the town’s old intellectuals and politicians used to gather. Therefore, the name “Senate”. A rare example of Art Nouveau (liberty) architecture in the Marche region, the venue is still keeping the original furniture and flowery decorations. King Victor Emmanuel paid a visit in 1980 and then 1910 to buy Anisetta Meletti and chose it as the official supplier of the royal family. Here, Mascagni started to write his lyric opera “Lodoletta” and Guttuso, at the end of the World War II, designed the magazine “L’Orsa Maggiore”. Some of our customers were Stuparich, Zandonai, Badoglio, Sartre, Hemingway and Trilussa, who enjoyed our Anisetta Meletti so much that he wrote the lines “Meletti has inspired so many sonnets in my life”.

Located in the very central square Piazza Del Popolo, close to Palazzo dei Capitani, the coffeehouse opened its doors in the evening of 18 May 1907, thanks to Silvio Meletti. The liquor manufacturer had bought the building -formerly a telegraph and post office, built between 1881 and 1884- two years before.

Thanks to the amazing work of the engineer Enrico Cesari and the interior designer Pio Nardini, to this day the atmosphere inside the Coffeehouse Meletti is still unique. It features a distinctive Art Nouveau style, historically rich furniture, stunning decorations and sophisticated paintings.

In 1981, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities recognized Caffè Meletti as a “place of historical and artistic interest” since “it has a coherent relationship and an unbreakable bond with the building and it has been preserved, with a few exceptions, in its original conditions. With the sleek elegance of its design and decorations, it’s one of the few examples of art nouveau (liberty) architecture in the Marche region. After being a cultural and social meeting place for years, it still holds a primary role in the life of the town, therefore earning the nickname “the Senate”.

After being mothballed, in 1996 the coffeehouse was painstakingly restored and given back to the city, thanks to the savings bank Cassa di Risparmio of Ascoli Piceno. The following structural and technological adjustments, which ended in November 2011, brought both the bar and the restaurant to their original charm.


There is much more to Caffè Meletti than its fascinating history. With its sleek lines, the building fits perfectly into the sixteenth-century framework of Piazza del Popolo, adding a touch of color with its old rose plasterwork.

The coffeehouse was laid out in a trapezoidal plan and the main façade,in a neoclassical style, is divided horizontally into three parts, with molded cornices matching the three floors of the building. On the ground floor, a five-arch portico covers the four windows and the main entrance. In 1883 Giovanni Picca, a painter from Ascoli, made the fresco paintings of the vaults, choosing postal art as a subject. Just above it, the stringcourse supports a row of five windows with round-arched lunettes. The dentil cornice works as a base for the parapet at the edge of the wide terrace on the last floor. The frescos date back to 1906 and only the 1998 restoration brought them back to life.

With its Art Noveau decor, the building advertises a typical XX century café interior. The well-structured internal space allows for a seating area, a stand-up area and a bakery counter. Every detail is aimed at preserving the unique atmosphere of the café: the ceiling frescos by painter Pio Nardini, the machined brass appliques and chandeliers with bulbs of frosted glass, the soft musky green velvet sofas. The small round tables with Carrara marble top and cast iron support, the paintings by Giuseppe Moneta from Milan, the Thonet chairs with Vienna bentwood, the cast iron columns with composite capital and the spiral staircase in carved wood. The last adjustments affected the depth of the interior, adding an entrance from Via del Trivio, and improved the lighting, thanks to the Murano glass chandeliers, as well as the functionality of the liquor counter.

The orders at Caffè Meletti contribute to the social activities of the Third Sector of our community


Coffee Bar

If you want to spend some time in an elegant and fascinating atmosphere, Caffè Meletti is your go-to any time of the day. Start the day with the best handmade pastries from our traditional local cuisine.

In summertime, you can enjoy our light lunch menu or traditional delicatessen while sitting in Piazza del Popolo, whereas in wintertime, you can get comfortable in the restaurant halls on the first and second floor, enjoying the wonderful view on the center of Ascoli Piceno.

Our organic ice cream- made in our factory- will be the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon. While sipping tea, you can try our cookie selection from the best local bakeries.

Any time of the day, you can have a taste of our delicious olive all’ascolana (stuffed olives) – made right here, according to the original old recipe- along with our cocktail selection.

You can eventually have dinner in the hall or outside -on the terrace, during summertime- and enjoy specialties cooked by head Chef Roberto Di Sante, paired with a wide selection of local wines.


Young head chef Roberto di Sante is in charge of our restaurant, which opened in spring 2013. Depending on season, specialties of our local tradition, produced with only the highest quality raw ingredients, are served in a creative way: eggs with truffles and black lava salt, chickpea soup with star aniseed, maccheroncini di Campofilone with wild asparagus, tagliatelle with cheek lard, peas and fava beans, salted codfish, pork on bed of anisette, grilled meat, mixed fried bites.

An ideal location for formal occasions and corporate events, our restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner, except for Monday and Sunday/Tuesday evening.

For reservations direzionecommerciale@caffemeletti.it


Our comfortable conference room, on the second floor of the historic building, can accommodate up to 25 people. Overlooking the square Piazza del Popolo, the room is equipped with screen, projector, Wi-Fi and flip chart and can be booked for aperitifs, working lunches and gala dinners.

For reservations direzionecommerciale@caffemeletti.it


Where We Are

Caffè Meletti
Piazza del Popolo, 2
63100 Ascoli Piceno

42° 51′ 15.584″ N
13° 34′ 30.706″ E


T: +39 0736 255559
F: +39 0736 257023
RESERVATIONS: direzionecommerciale@caffemeletti.it

Piazza del Popolo Square

The square, rectangular, is one of the most scenographic in Italy. It is limited to one of the smaller sides of the Temple of St. Francis, westward from the Palace of the Captains of the People and to the east from the loggia and it owes its current accommodation to a unified project of 1500. Piazza del Popolo was already so called in 1200. After rethinking the possible seat of the ancient Roman forum, later medieval square, civic, religious and commercial center, with insufficient accountability for hosting large public assemblies. Therefore, in the second half of the 14th century, it was decided to break down the isolates of casupoles and craft workshops that separated it from the church of San Francesco.

The porch, made up of fifty columns, was built between 1507 and 1509, on probable project and construction of M ° Bernardino by Pietro da Carona. The width of the bows is not uniform as it was adjusted by the amplitude of backward properties. In fact, the function of the porches was to hide and unify existing pre-existing buildings. Above the porches are opened uniformed windows and lunettes worked, crowned with Ghibelline merlots.

It was built in the sixteenth century by the powerful woolen corporation, which exhibited its goods here. The design, traditionally attributed to Cola dell’Amatrice, must be realized in M ° Bernardino by Pietro da Carona and Francesco Rubei. The loggia has columns that stand on high nuts to give more momentum to the building. Under the loggia, walled to the wall, there is a travertine slab showing the measurements of all types of bricks prescribed in 1569.

The construction was begun in 1258, the main body was consecrated in 1371. Its hexagonal towers are of the fifteenth century, while the cruise dome and dome date back to the middle of the 16th century. The main façade has three portals, the finely decorated central section features columns made of whole travertine pieces. On the top of the bow there is the lamb symbol of the lanterns who contributed to the cost of building the temple. On the side portal, the monument to Pope Julius II was added in the sixteenth century. The interior develops a rectangular Latin cross-shaped plant divided into three naves. The cruise lines of the aisles were built in the 16th century. XVI. The presbytery area consists of three apses. The wall finishes are richly decorated in Gothic style, while the stained glass windows are contemporary school work. The travertine pulpit is a 17th century opera by Antonio Giosafatti. In the sacristy are paintings by Cola dell’Amatrice, Biagio Miniera and Nicola Monti.

The Baroque Baroque building was built in 1639 by Lazzaro Morelli on the orders of Governor Gerolamo Codebò, who wanted to dedicate it to the Madonna of Reggio. The trabeation is surmounted by a classical tympanum, in which a pout is framed by a fruit festoon. An artistic iron gate was used to protect the ancient icon of Our Lady, now replaced by a terracotta Emidio Paci.

The palace was initially the residence of the Captain of the People, then of the Council of the Elders, for a short period also of the Podestà and finally of the Pontifical Governors. In its massive structure it reveals traces of different epochs. Since the 13th century, the era of the fusion of three medieval buildings and of a gentle tower, adapted to the bell tower, many transformations have taken place over time. Of the 13th century structure there are the two loggia on the ground floor, the loggia on the first floor initially with only one light, while on the top, under the cornice, seven arches and the tower. In the second half of the fifteenth century the building was lengthened. In 1520 Cola d’Amatrice was given the task of arranging the counter-palace of the palace. In 1535, after a furious fire, the palace was radically restored. The works also covered the inner yard, framed by three loggia orders. In 1549 the portal was built and, at the top, the monument was annexed to Pope Paul III Farnese. During the restoration work of 1987, a visitable area with Roman pavement and medieval structures was laid out.

Caffè Meletti is one of the 150 historic Italian cafes. The facade of the palace is integrated in the urban layout of the square with a arcade arcade and Renaissance windows. At the end of the nineteenth century, the building was built to be used as Post Office and Telegraph. This remains testimony to the frescoes of the sub-port that allude to postal functions. In 1903 the building was purchased by the Meletti family who commissioned Enrico Cesari to turn it into a meeting place, raising the building of a terrace floor. The cafe, in its interior, is in the liberty style in the furnishings, in the large mirrors and in the decorations of the ceilings. In 1996 it was acquired by the Carisap Foundation and later reopened in 1998 after careful restoration.


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