Bottega Campana 1863 (VI)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Bottega Campana 1863 (VI) — Veneto Secrets

The history of Bottega Campana is that of a family that, with its heart firmly in tradition and always looking to the future, has made the history of Veneto since the 1800s. In 1863 Pino Campana opened one of the first emporiums in the main square in Marostica and, after the war, his nephews Dante and Francesco innovated its tradition by transforming it into an English-style furniture shop and opening, a few meters away, also a fashion atelier.

The two stores were so avant-garde for the Veneto of the time that they soon became a reference point for the show business. From the Kessler twins to Fred Buscaglione, From Giorgio Gaber to Enrico Maria Salerno, many artists and actors become loyal customers of Francesco, elegant and charismatic bon vivant. In 1954 together with his friend Mirco Vucetich, he came up with the idea of creating a chess game with living characters in the main square of Marostica to attract the general public, an event that will change the history of the small town forever.

Bottega Campana 1863 (VI) — Veneto Secrets

Today the family tradition, devoted to good taste and art, continues with Anna, daughter of Francesco, who manages the clothing store in Corso Mazzini, her son Jacopo, who follows the art direction of various realities of the group including the luxury guest house Campana Suites, and Giuseppe, known as Beppe, son of Dante, who innovated the historic furniture shop by transforming it into a concept store with cocktail bar, obviously “old school” faithful to the British style of the family. Not surprisingly, his logo is a horse, a symbol of elegant English riding clubs and clubs, a much-loved sport in the family, that has always been a great lucky charm for the Campana family.

For design lovers, entering Bottega Campana 1863 is a leap to the heart: two floors of objects of great aesthetic appeal with a preference for vintage English country chic and French industrial style. Those same furnishings that during the day make you want to completely redesign your home, in the evening they become the “living room” of the customers of the sophisticated cocktail bar, where everything is on sale…or almost. The heart of the restaurant is, in fact, decorated with the original nineteenth-century antique furnishings – like the beautiful staircase, the paintings and the boiserie – an incredible testimony of 150 years of history.

Bottega Campana 1863 (VI) — Veneto Secrets

On the menu, old cocktails from the 30s and 40s are mixed with traditional and reinterpreted versions of the classic ones such as Negroni or Mojito. Among the signatures cocktails, the Bee’s Knees based on Plymouth Gin and honey syrup, a 1930 recipe from the bar of the Ritz in Paris or the Boulevardie with Campari, bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey and vermouth, a blend that remains to rest in small barrels of wood for over 7 months before being served. Also excellent is the selection of whiskeys and spirits such as Arran, Delamain or Dertigalongue, fine bubbles and wines to accompany gourmand platters of meats and cheeses or raw langoustines and oysters.

The Secret

Most of the cutlery and cups used in the cocktail bar, strictly Made in England, are the original vintage ones belonging to the samples of the old Campana furniture shop.

Useful Info

Bottega Campana 1863
Piazza Castello 41
36063 Marostica, Vicenza
Tel. +39 0424 72146

Cocktails: 7 — 12 euro

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