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European-inspired Mattlorna Café opens on Main Street

Mattlorna Café, which had its soft opening Friday, uses yeast imported from Italy that contains a 105-year-old microorganism for their bread.

Along with the use of other imported goods such as flour from France, owner John Zhai hopes to bring authentic European-style bakery goods to Alhambra.

“We believe that our customers will experience the highest quality food here because we use the highest quality ingredients,” Zhai told Alhambra Source, in an interview translated by vice president Benjamin Tan.

Zhai, 53, was inspired by his time in Europe to open a French, Italian and German-inspired café that features a variety of bread options: sourdough bread, Danish pastry, brioche and focaccia. The café also serves organic coffee, lobster and crab sandwiches, and desserts.

Cappuccino at Mattlorna Café | Photo by Phoenix Tso

“We want the customer to feel an authentic fusion of European and American culture,” Zhai said.

The wood and brick accents, adorning the wall, provide a rustic feeling to Mattlorna Café, which is located on the corner of Main Street and Third Street.

The café is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and features diverse seating options, ranging from bar-style single seating to an outdoor patio.

Their current special promotion is a free coffee with each sandwich purchase.

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  1. Looks good. I will go and try their sandwiches with my wife this weekend.