Our History

History of Cafe Baci

The Mei Family’s culinary beginnings started in Rome, Italy with a successful restaurant “Trattoria Mei” located in Trastivere. In 1952, the Mei’s opened the first Northern Italian Restaurant in Manhattan “Fontana di Trevi” on West 57th Street in New York City and Roma Di Notte on East 55th Street.

In 1991, Roberto Mei established Café Baci in Sarasota. Roberto, with his talent, imagination and all the right ingredients has won the respect of residents and visitors to this city ever since.

**Pictured is the town of Pitigliano, the home town of Roberto Mei’s mother and the town where he was raised.

“…At least for me, I don’t know how to think of happiness, if I remove the pleasures of taste, those of love, those of hearing and the delicate motions that through sight I receive from forms…” – Epicuro

There’s nothing quite like walking the majestic streets of Rome on a breezy day! The gentle wisps of air carry with them the most seductive fragrances. The combination of native floras and mouth-watering delights from nearby homes and trattorias work in unison to create a beautiful feast for the senses.

At Café Baci, we strive to perfectly recreate the full Italian experience. From the moment you walk through our door, you sense the difference and you feel the culture. The atmosphere here is enchanting and peaceful, the Italian cuisine reminiscent of that created by some of the greatest Italian Chefs.

Relax and enjoy your stay with us. Savor the delicate flavors of history. Close your eyes, breathe deeply….you are in Italy, if but only for a moment.

Buon appetito!