“After 39 years of management we have decided to leave”. Claudio and Luana, owners of the historian Luana Dairy Pastry Bar, in Ponte di Mezzo, they wrote it on a sign posted in the shop windows. Generations of Florentines have passed from their pastry shop and these days the couple are inundated with affection: «We lived 39 years of sweetness with them. Now I live in Prato but I won’t give up on the bongo and zuccotto of Bar Luana », writes a customer on Facebook. «Today Claudio and Luana close. I had my last breakfast with them this morning. Tomorrow will not be a day like any other. Smiling and happy, and they transmitted that joy to you »replies another. Luana has always been at the cash desk, while Claudio is a self-taught pastry chef, Giovanni remembers that he knows them well, because one day he was left without a pastry chef. “Before doing this job he didn’t understand that zuccotto was sweet”, he repeated to those who asked him how he started. “After I complimented him, he said to me: ‘I put a lot of good stuff in it, sweets have to come good.’ Wisdom », John still remembers. But the best memory is certainly the one left by Giulia: “You saw me grow up, we have known each other for 30 years, and the ritual of passing by you on Sunday to take the tray of pasta or the mythical bongo to bring to relatives and friends was sacred. Your pastas have gone beyond the borders of Florence, I have also brought them to Bergamo. I hugged you and cried with you, you will miss so much. Unfortunately, another piece of heart that goes… ». Claudio and Luana have decided to leave the bar where they have spent almost half of their life to retire and to enjoy the family «but our heart remains here».
8 October 2021 | 19:23
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