Ferrara Ice Cream Cafe New York. Baker and importer of over 200 superb Italian specialties, Ferrara dates its origins to 1892 when Café Ferrara first opened its doors for opera lovers seeking likeminded company and refreshment. Owned by the same family of founder Antonio Ferrara, this landmark café serves delectable desserts with freshly ground continental coffees. Located in the heart of New York City’s Little Italy, Ferrara is renowned for its Old World ambiance and its legacy of quality, freshness and customer service which continue to flourish in the exceptional products bearing the Ferrara name.
We take great pride to ensure that the legacy of quality, consistency and customer service that has been handed down through five generations remains intact and continues to flourish.New York in the Gay Eighteen Nineties had almost everything, except for a place where an opera lover, after a night of Verdi or Puccini, could relax, play a Neapolitan card game called “Scopa” and drink a cup or two of espresso.This situation was remedied when our great grandfather, Enrico Scoppa and our great grand-uncle, Antonio Ferrara, opera impresario and showman, opened a cafe called Café A. Ferrara. Caruso thought the coffee marvelous but especially loved the cookies and cakes.
After World War I, at the beginning of the 1929 Depression, Peter married the daughter of Enrico Scoppa. He was to spend the rest of his life at Ferrara’s, transforming a charming neighborhood cafe into a world famous shrine of delicious tastes. Times were tough and in order to make sure there was very little waste, they began to bake two, three and sometimes four times a day, small batches of cookies and cakes. These difficult circumstances were a blessing in disguise
Because of the frequency with which they baked, Ferrara acquired a great reputation for freshness. This reputation and the fact that the Lepore’s were devoted to their business almost as much as to each other, enabled Café Ferrara to grow and prosper.