The first thought that comes to our head with Italians is of the cheese-dripping, mouth-watering pizzas. If that is the case, then you aren’t the only one. It is indeed one of the finest recipes in the world. But the contribution of Italy doesn't just stop at pizza. Super cars, super bikes, designer clothing, coffees and the list goes on.
Fiat is the only Italian mass-car manufacturer in India and this auto giant is blending some Italian culture with the upcoming Indian generation. Earlier in the year, Fiat inaugurated its first Fiat Caffè in the heart of the country’s capital. The Caffè is situated in Delhi's opulent Tolstoy Marg market which is a house for most of the luxury brands and delicatessen. So, one fine Sunday evening we paid a visit to this Fiat Caffè.
The Fiat Caffè doesn’t just offer creamy Italian coffee, but reminds one of Italy in every manner. To ensure things go correctly, Fiat signed up Lavazza to run the café. Now a reminder, Lavazza is a chain of Italian coffee shops- who also own the famous Barista brand.
The caffè has two storeys, the ground floor houses the Fiat’s Punto and Linea cars for sale and test drives. Its not just another ordinary showroom, apart from the cars the floor also exhibits Fiat merchandise which includes voguish jackets, caps, polo, metallic key-chains and many more. For our readers knowledge; Fiat is the same brand that owns premium brands like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. The Ferrari stores are a globally acclaimed chain, selling premium Ferrari merchandise. You can also get a glimpse of the Italian manufacturer’s history on those large video displays at the floor and to add to the experience Fiat has also put a mock display of its globally acclaimed 1.3litres MJD diesel engine, to educate people on how all those horses are generated inside a car.
After exploring the lower floor we moved to the first floor, where the caffè is situated. The insides of the caffe are quite appealing at first sight; that red and white combination is catchy and to make it more appealing they have used chequered cushions. They have also put up the chequered flags around the corners of the property to give it that sporty feel. We flipped through the café's menu which consists of the signature Italian coffees, sandwiches, authentic calzone and mouth watering muffins and more. It was a tough decision to zero down our order as all the delicacies were tempting; finally Delhi’s hot weather helped us in making our choices and we ordered their signature “Lavazza Tandem”, a soothing cold coffee which definitely goes into the list of one of the finest we have had and apart from that we ordered our all-time favourite Blueberry Muffin, which is always sensual to your taste buds. The prices of the caffè are moderate and the cost for two would be roughly around Rs300. In the time our order was getting ready we swiftly moved to their library which stores all the top auto magazines selected across the globe and coffee books on automobiles, a literal treasure trove for auto enthusiasts. We chatted with the caffè manager who gave us the insight that the caffè is mostly visited by auto enthusiast and Fiat’s prospective customers who just drop in and indulge in long discussions centred around rpm, torque, fuel injectors etc.... you know the list goes on and on. Once you get that auto enthusiast going about cars...well there I go myself, deviating from the topic. The caffè has gotten a good response since the past 6 months of its opening and has played host to an array of events ranging from cars to lifestyle, the caffè has sequenced five events in the past and the most recent was during the weekend before our visit on the screening of F1 which was quite appreciated by the Delhites.
The caffè has recently opened up a new branch in Pune which makes us proudly to be the only country in the globe to house two Fiat Caffe’s. Overall it’s a very good place to sit, discuss about cars while drinking some of the finest brewed coffees of the world. We recommend all of you in Delhi and Pune to just go out and experience the caffè and share with us your experiences of it.