Where the heart is

Michele Andina, swissinfo video journalistby swissinfo video journalist, Michele Andina

Omar Merlo left Ticino at the age of 18 and emigrated to Australia. Now in his thirties he lives in Cambridge where he’s a lecturer in marketing at the Judge Business School. I met Omar on my last day in England and talked to him about the prospects for young people in Ticino today.

The Gatti name adorned many a café-restaurant run by Swiss-Italian migrants in London. Michele Andina is zooming in on the story with his video camera all this week, to try to find out about their legacy.

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Coffee and chocolate

Michele Andina, swissinfo video journalistby swissinfo video journalist, Michele Andina

80-year-old Cynthia Parrott was born in a Ticinese restaurant in London, where her father worked as chef. In her “Garden Room Café” in Lewes she described her family’s eventful history.

The Gatti name adorned many a café-restaurant run by Swiss-Italian migrants in London. Michele Andina is zooming in on the story with his video camera all this week, to try to find out about their legacy.

swissinfo.ch video "Coffee and Chocolate"

swissinfo.ch video “Coffee and Chocolate.”

Crown jewels

Michele Andina, swissinfo video journalistby swissinfo video journalist, Michele Andina

Eventually, the descendants of the Ticino emigrants to London moved out of the restaurant business and diversified. One of them is Major General Keith Cima, the Resident Governor of the Tower of London.

The Gatti name adorned many a café-restaurant run by Swiss-Italian migrants in London. Michele Andina is zooming in on the story with his video camera all this week, to try to find out about their legacy.

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“From Gattis”

Michele Andina, swissinfoBy swissinfo video journalist, Michele Andina

On my first day in London, Peter Barber, historian and head of the British Library’s maps collection, gave me a brief introduction to the history of Swiss-Italian emigrations to Britain.

He showed me some places where the most famous immigrants, Carlo Gatti and his nephews Agostino and Stefano Gatti, made their fortunes. The Gatti name adorned many a café-restaurant run by Swiss-Italian migrants in London.

Michele Andina is zooming in on the story with his video camera all this week, to try to find out about their legacy.

Video - "From Gattis"

Video – “From Gattis”