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.

“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.”
–The Lepore Family.


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.



Today, Ferrara is still a family owned business operated by the fifth generation. Тhat’s perhaps the most wonderful thing about Ferrara. Since its beginning in 1892, the spirit has changed very little. We welcome you to our newest location, www.ferraranyc.com, and hope you’ll take a look around.


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Please contact us for general information. You can also visit our online store for a menu of Ferrara's delicious products that can be shipped anywhere in USA. Email to: information@FerraraCafe.com