the ultimate in coffee, ristretto


For three generations, Luciano’s family has been working in the Italian food industry in London, and this inherited passion is now winning awards. As a supplier of coffee to the Italian Embassy, and recognition within the coffee sector, Luciano takes a quiet satisfaction in his growing reputation as a dynamic exponent of Italian excellence.

Luciano Franchi

Luciano is widely acknowledged as one of the great minds in the high-quality sector of the coffee market. Profiled in the Westend Review recently as "one of the leading experts in the industry", Luciano takes a particular pride in giveing people the real taste of the Italian culture.

"The truth is not always the same as the majority decision."


Monika is an integral component of the success at Caffe Vergnano 1882. Her astute business mind and ability to motivate and ensure others surpass their expectations, has been crucial over the years.

"A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it."

francesco PLAToni

The master restaurateur, Francesco has devoted his working life to restaurant management. his knowledge of food is a vast archive of Italian culinary wisdom handed down over many generations. Working with such pedigree helps to push quality to its limits. Thank god that professionals like Francesco still exist in catering.

"Seek perfection, and pursue it"

alfredo franchi

Connoisseur of vintage wines and spirits. Alfredo owned wine bars throughout the 60s and 70s, and his expertise in fine wines spans forty years. He has specialy selected the wines for our list.

"If you listen-you learn"


Born in the Provincia di Parma, the heartland of Italian food, Bruna has been in la cucina since she was a young girl - and now in her seventies she has more enthusiasm than ever. We are thrilled she has added La Mamma's touch to the food at Caffe Vergnano.

"Working six days a week keeps me feeling young"