Formerly known as Casa della Panna, this elegant patisserie located in the nice pedestrian precint of Via Magliocco, nearby the Massimo Theater, is one of the finest historical cafés in Palermo. Founded in 1909, Mazzara soon became a lively salon regularly attended by intellectuals, artists and aristocrats, famous for Futurists’ excesses and for being the place where the Sicilian novelist Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote his famous masterpiece: The Gattopardo. Today Mazzara is still very appreciated for its traditional crushed-ice coffee with cream and for the most typical pastries, such as the excellent Africano, as well as for its modern specialties containing cream, distinguishing itself with refined flavor combinations and presentation. Cakes such as the Banana, are best sellers, as are the huge choice of celebrated mousses. Among them, the Siciliano is a modern recipe by chef Guadalupi awarded with the bronze medal at Elfurt Culinary Competition in 2008: a soft delight of pistachio cream with jasmine and orange jelly invite one to taste a kaleidoscope of Sicily’s flavors.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 07:30 AM to 09:30 PM
- Type: Tapas, Ice Cream Parlors
- Accept Credit Card: visa, amex, diners, debitcard
- Takeout Available: Yes