Cantina Piemontese is located in the historic Ca ‘dei Tencitt building.
Its basement was the ancient charcoal burner of the Fabbrica del Duomo and today this space is the Sala dei Tencitt.
Once the palace overlooked the “Laghett where the barges loaded with marble and coal for its construction arrived.
The coal was discharged into the basement of the building by the ‘tencitt’, charcoal burners so called because” dirty and small “(from Milanese ‘ tencio ‘, that is dirty, combined with “small” given by the diminutive’ itt ‘). Being “small and dirty” was their luck because the coal coating that covered them acted as an antiseptic and during the Milanese plagues none of them was infected.
As a thank you for having emerged unscathed from the plague, the charcoal burners created the fresco that can still be admired on the outside wall of the building, dedicated to the Madonna dei Tencitt.
The Ca ‘dei Tencitt in the 1960s became the first American Lounge Club in Milan, where many musicians of the time played. In the 70s it became a place of reference for artists, intellectuals, gourmets and bohemians until, during the student riots of the late 70s, it was set on fire twice and abandoned from there.