In 1970, an Italian immigrant by the name of Rocco Furfaro purchased a coffee machine, a special satellite and a pool table for his new business, Café Olimpico — or Open Da Night, as it is known by its regulars.
Originally a place where Rocco and his friends could watch Italian football, play pool and a card game - it soon became a gathering place for the whole neighborhood—a place where you could enjoy a traditional Italian espresso and find respite from whatever was happening in the outside world.
Over 50 years later, Café Olimpico is still that welcoming space—it’s still run by people who are passionately committed to the Italian traditions of authenticity, generosity and family.
Coffee lovers from all over the world continue to linger around its tables for the quality of the coffee, of course, but also for the moments of pure magic and small kindnesses that can only happen inside Olimpico’s four walls. Listening to the regulars fiercely debate sports. Watching young artists cluster into booths, opening sketch pads thick with lines.
Admiring the bluff writer in the back, pecking at his keyboard with a frown. Having a stranger buy you a coffee just because. Marveling at the smile of the newcomer, walking into Olimpico for the first time.