Issue #54c

Alberto Ghezzi

Il Goloso

Born and raised in Bologna, I had my first experience abroad at the age of 17. I realized that there was much more in the world. I like cultures, heritage, traditions, and technology. I love to have around myself extraordinary people as my fellow in the picture.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

My work and passions go along together very well! As CoFounder of Piccolo Cafe I love food, coffee, hospitality industry, photography, motorbike and wild nature.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

As teenager I felt tight in my hometown. I began my travels for studying and exploring new places. The need to start a new big adventure and challenge made me come to NY in 2009 with a 6 month project, but after 6 years I’m still here.

Please share your best memory in the City.

December 24, 2009. We got the keys of our first store in a cold winter night. We celebrated the event with a slice of pizza at Artichoke on 14th street at 11pm on Christmas Eve. It was beautiful. It was the beginning.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

Union Square and Gandhi Statue have signed the first time that Piccolo Cafe has poured a shot espresso in New York City during the Holiday Market 2009. Outfit? It’s me.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

LOVE IT, it’s great to read and see the story of so many people that have a different path but probably, if we look behind, we may find some common markers.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

It’s an honor, privilege, duty, commitment, effort, a pride.

  • Manhattan, NY


  • Time

    120 mins

  • Shots


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