Winter is coming to rainy Bergen and what’s better than a nice cozy place to warm up while the wind is blowing outside?
For those who still don’t know it, it’s possible to find shelter on a corner in Strandgaten 96.
DaStefano opened its doors in 2012 bringing Bergen’s city life a wave of real Italian spirit.
“I was in need of Italian authenticity after years traveling across Europe,” explains Stefano Tavassi when I asked him where he got the idea behind his peculiar concept – DaStefano is not just a bakery and not a simple restaurant. “Often people leave their homes seeking something new, different and exciting; they are tired of what they have always had and need new experience. We understimate what we leave behind and realize how much we miss it and how deep is in our bones just when we have been away long enough”.
DaStefano is his way of showing how deeply he is connected to his roots and how much he owes to his Italianity.
He is not doing anything speciale, he specifies. Anybody with a bit of bravery could do that and probably succede; he is not inventing anything new but offering his customers a nice selection of traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist.
“Mistakes” he says “and curiosity are what give us new combination of flavors and colors and make us discover a new dish. We try our best to keep faith in our origin and still be able to satisfy the need of the local gusto”.
Stefano’s bread – as his cooking – is becoming more and more popular. But what makes it so special?
“I was in need of finding a bread that was different than others. The kind of bread I remembered from my childhood. I can’t stop picturing my mother buying bread that was soft and good for days. Nowadays it’s really hard to find bread that doesn’t loose its quality the day after. What I wish for my bread – what everybody who makes something on their own wishes – is that people tasting it can know right away that it’s my product. Call me a dreamer…”.
What makes DaStefano different than others is the care they put in their food. As has been said so many times before; being selfless is the key of making good food.
“We want to share with others the love and the joy that we feel when we are cooking, trying – when it is possible – to offer products made from the scratch as the Italian tradition wants. It is not always easy because fortunately the work is increasing and the space at our disposal the same as when we first opened”.
Seeking the sharing purpose we will try to share with all of you some of our secrets, writing some of the recipes on this blog and try to tell you more not just about the Italian food but also about our history and culture. Living abroad we get the feeling that it is up to us showing how beautiful Italy is; we try to go beyond the prejudices and stereotypes.
We might be naive but our dream is to build a bridge that crosses all Europe and links together Norway and Italy – two countries that we love.