Small bar with a big legacy
TEXT: CATHY VAN KLAVEREN | PHOTOS © ESPRESSOBAR PUCCINI
Owner Wendela Wallenburg is feeling energised since becoming the owner of Puccini. “I worked here for six years before becoming the owner this year. I didn’t want to change the name because that is what people know.” Wallenburg always believed in the venue’s concept, so the decision to keep the name and atmosphere the same was not a hard one. “The bar has been in this spot for decades. We are right in the middle of the Joodskwartier in Amsterdam, which is known for its cultural status. We are right across the Stopera, home of Amsterdam’s city hall and the opera. We’re also located near the Waterlooplein.”
Meals are prepared with fresh ingredients and the cookies and pastries are homemade, as are delights such as the pesto, salad dressing and tapenade. You can also enjoy lemonade and all kinds of fresh juices. At Puccini, there are a wide variety of choices.
Puccini is open seven days a week: weekdays from 8.30am to 6pm and at weekends from 9am to 6pm. “When there’s a ballet or opera performance, Puccini stays open until 8pm to serve pastas and salads.” For now, Wallenburg is happy with the bar’s legacy and making people happy. But she has many ideas for the future.
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