As I was browsing through the sections on MyBig, I noticed that we hadn’t yet written about Saveurs d’Italie (i.e. Flavours of Italy), a well-known delicatessen located – I am all the more guilty – two steps from my place. So I grabbed my notebook and headed out to chat with Marie-France and Salvatore Isgro, the charming owners of this authentic corner shop located on 11 Boulevard du Pont-d’Arve, since 1982 (yep!).
There you will find the best of Italy, with a vast selection of featured products, typical to the popular Sicilian and Tuscan cultures… Prosecco, limoncello, burrata, crema di tartufo bianco (white truffle cream), amaretti, and panettone with balsamic cream from Leonardi.
Three strides and a door frame further, is the Cantina dei Vini, a room dedicated to epicurians to sample wines of mainly Italian origin, but also French, Spanish and Swiss, and little dishes concocted by Marie-France. As a backdrop, shelves display a selection of vintage wines and spirits lined up to the ceiling, and the center features an imposing high wooden table for amateurs, colleagues or friends to share until 10:30 pm. Reservations are required, and the room can be booked for free for a party of 10 or more. As they say, a pleasure shared is a pleasure magnified! Marie-France and Salvatore will also welcome you during your lunch break. On the menu, cheese platters and first-class cold cuts, polpette, risotto and fresh artisan pasta, of course!
Nota bene, Saveurs d’Italie is one of the only businesses in Geneva where one can find Fragolino, a sparkling wine with hints of wild strawberries, perfect for summer aperitifs. It might just be a detail to you, but to me it means a lot, because I love Fragolino!
Photography © Julien Herger
Boulevard du Pont-d’Arve 11, 1205 Geneva
Mon to Sat 7am.10pm