**Since publishing this article back in 2013, the ownership of Caffè Bellini has changed, as well as the menu, and quality of food. We’ve received feedback that it is not the same Caffè Bellini we knew and loved, so please know this article may no longer be applicable**
Think Sicily meets SoHo and you’ll get along just fine.
Caffè Bellini, which opened its doors to Lausanne just a couple of months ago, has that antiquated Italian vibe mixed in with the rough-luxe decor found in many Manhattan lofts. With black and white checkered walls, dried meats and aged cheeses hanging behind the bar, as well as its eye-catching fresco paying homage to Italian film director and scriptwriter Federico Fellini’s Amarcord, it’s obvious you’ve stepped into a small part of Italy right here in Lausanne. But then there’s the pinball machine– the retro 70s diamond light paneling–the exposed industrial light fixtures hanging along the windows, creating a distinct glow of reds and blues. What is this place, exactly?
Whatever it is, whatever style you want to call it–eccletic, urban, rough-luxe, or old Italian–it’s working.
And the food is out.of.this.world.
Antipastis of dried parma, garlic and thyme infused olives, foccacia, cheese and peppers. Gorganzola and walnut encrusted crostinis with pear and honey. Generous sized pizzas and pastas and risottos. Sorbet, fondant, tiramisu. Wine. Bellinis. Must we go on?
Friends, you no longer need to cross the border to get mouth-watering and [my goodness] beautiful Italian food. Your search is over.
Rue de la Barre 5, Lausanne
021 351 24 40
Tue – Thu: 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Fri – Sat: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am