Avenida de Mayo 825 ,Buenos Aires City
Going into the Tortoni to have a cup of coffee, to meet someone there,
to attend any of the innumerable cultural functions offered there, is
getting into the very kernel of tradition. Tradition is not the past.
Tradition, transmission, comes from tradere, to give. Tradition is the
offering of the best of the past to the men of the present and the future.
It is not only in the walls of the Tortoni -which in themselves are worthy
of a museum- but mainly in the spiritual climate that its management has
wisely created, that the best of our porteño past can be found.
And one day we shall
find the best of the present there,
once it has aged enough. The tourist who arrives in Buenos Aires has the
entire city in the Tortoni: the past, in its walls; the present, sitting
at its tables; the future, in the enthusiasm of the people who work there
for the sake of culture.
To the Tortoni Café, which has managed to preserve the flavour
the old times, when all manner of Argentine intellectuals would gather
here; of course the Spanish also gathered, like Federico García
Lorca, and now, when they come from Spain, they come to visit their Café.
With my kindest, most affectionate regards.