First established in 1817 in Milan, COVA Pasticceria – Confetteria has since expanded around the world, continuing to serve the best of Italy’s delicatessens.
Ever since 190 years ago, COVA has been producing its exquisite cakes, pastries, chocolates and coffee, loyally following the original old recipes which have been handed down from generation to generation, and made with first-quality ingredients and the masterly skills of highly qualified craftsmen.
Located in the upmarket retail mall Paragon, COVA offers an inviting haven for business meetings or social tête-à-têtes. Like its counterpart in the famous fashion street of Via Montenapoleone in Milan, the warm wood furnishing, chandeliers and paintings convey its original Italian heritage with a modern elegance in the heart of Orchard.
"Cova", which opened in 1817 beside the famous "La Scala" theatre, was founded by Antonio Cova, a soldier under Napoleon who had first 'campaigned' as a pastry cook in the Galleria De Cristoforis."
"A retreat for members of high-society whose elegant conversation played out to the accompaniment of wistful violins and velvety flutes, they sat around its tables savouring cocktails and debating the "making of Italy"."
"Now an in-vogue venue combining art, work and pleasure in a warm, suffused atmosphere, a meeting place not only for the townspeople of Milan but also for an international clientele"
"In 2007/2008, Cova received two important awards from Milan City Council and Lombardy Provincial Authority that attest to its ongoing efforts and significant contribution to the city economy."
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Mama mia! Ima Nota Lova Of Da Cova!
I once had an Italian boss who swore Cova was authentically Italian and served the most delicious Italian cuisine he'd ever tasted in Singapore. I'm convinced he was just being patriotic though.
Befitting its Paragon location, Cova caters to the higher echelon of spenders. Liveried wait staff, porcelain crockery and olde worlde furnishings all contribute to a seriously moneyed atmosphere. This place is a popular haunt for the ladies who lunch, for whom plastic surgery is the new black. It is very fun to play Guess Who Did What To Her Face while munching on dainty little sandwiches and sipping Darjeeling.
The food is totally average. Nothing tastes especially amazing, considering the high price point. This is a simple case of creating exclusivity by price, so that the privileged can pay for the privilege of not having to dine with the peasantry.
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Laid back experience!
Cova is a high society pastry shop set up in Milan in the 1819.
Situated in Paragon of Orchard Road as a franchise outlet, Cova draws in
many patrons even in the non peak hours. There are many waiter and waitresses dressed smartly in black, on standby to serve you. The location and origin of this pastry shop may be intimidating due to the perception of high cost. However, it is a very laidback place to hang out at. There will be no gawking from the staffs nor will you feel out of place.
In fact, the pastries and tea are ranged from $7.50 onwards. A high tea set of a slice of cake and a pot of tea cost $14. The sandwiches or main course cost from $12 onwards.
In their range of beverages, there are wines, beers, tea and juices.
The environment is overall awesome however I wasn’t quite pleased with the staff’s product knowledge. If they can be more helpful in suggestions while patrons are considering which dishes to choose from, I would be rest assure to have a pleasant meal.
As I was lazy to head down to the pastry counter, I requested the staff to name me their cake for the day. She mentioned 5 names available on that day; however, I could catch only partial words of the full name. Means I hear words like, Hazelnut#$#$#, [email protected]#$#, and a [email protected]$#%. I needed the waitress to repeat and I could hardly understand. So I chose the word that sounds safer – Hazelnut. I ordered a Christmas tea, praying hard it would be a nice blend.
The hazelnut was a surprise as it is a chocolate cake while the Christmas tea was awful. I wished the staff had advised me of what I would expect. That will make a great difference, as a good meal will ensure an awesome day ahead. Yes, the Hazelnut Cake ended my high tea at a high note.
Do head down to Cova!