Some sad news to report from the southern end of the neighborhood: Alez Pozzan, the Italian ex-pat who opened Parco on 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets in 2003, passed away suddenly last week, and his popular cafe has closed, possibly for good.
Pozzan came to the city in the early 2000s from the northern Italian mountain village of Cortina D'Ampezzo, and soon afterwards he opened his tiny cafe, which made some of the best croissants, quiches, dog treats, and other baked goods around. One of the area's finest and least expensive breakfast items was his croissant sandwich, filled with eggs, cheddar, and ham or bacon. A croissant or crepe filled with spinach, prosciutto, and mozzarella made for an equally satisfyng lunch, along with quiches in varieties like sweet corn and bacon. Available foods changed daily according to what Pozzan wanted to make, and he was known to whip up creations on the spot after a customer suggestion. Coffee, from La Colombe, was also some of the neighborhood's best.
Friends left a note on the front gate, spotted by FIPS (who is also helping to find his dog, Luca, a new home):
You'll be missed, Alex, and so will your charming little cafe.