ST. GALLEN | Pietro Cappelli or La Panetteria Cappelli, or simply “Cappelli” as most locals call it, is a bakery and cake shop in St. Gallen that’s been operating since 1983. They’re known for their high quality baked goods, and two things in particular – gipfeli and panettone.
Italian born baker and owner Pietro Cappelli and his team make hundreds of the bakery’s award winning panettone every day. During peak Christmas season, the number of panettone made each day reaches 2,000.
What makes the panettone so good that people are willing to drive here from other cities in Switzerland, and indeed across borders from other countries? It’s all about the quality of the ingredients, and the time spent making them. No shortcuts are accepted here and you can tell. The panettone are light and fluffy, with just the right level of pull and density. Flavours are well balanced, and they’re sweet, but not overpoweringly so.
There’s around 14 different varieties of panettone on offer at any given time, including flavours like chocolate and pear, chestnuts, apricot, and a grappa soaked version. If you can only try one, the signature Il Panettone di San Gallo is the way to go. It’s filled with candied citrus fruits sourced from Cappelli’s mother’s garden on the Sicilian island of Lipari.
The second famed item here, gipfeli, is sort of a cross between a croissant and a pretzel. If you’ve never had one before, Cappelli’s version is a great introduction with the perfect blend of butter, salt, crunch, density and lightness.
Cappelli recently had some health issues so had to step back from the intense hours he was doing at the bakery, but he has 100% trust in his team and is still the man in charge. In the words of Cappelli “I’ll never retire. I want to be making panettone until the day I die.”
St. Gallen 9000
Telephone: +417 1222 3548
Mon – Tue: 7:00am to 12:15pm; 2:00pm to 6:30pm
Wed: 7:00am to 12:00pm
Thu – Fri: 7:00am to 12:15pm; 2:00pm to 6:30pm
Sat: 7:00am to 2:00pm