The beautiful story of “Sandri” began when Swiss Jachen Schucan, known locally as Giacomo Schucani, and his wife Caterina decided to leave the Engadine region and, inspired by the similarity of Umbria with his area of origin, he chose to settle in Perugia. This is how Sandri craftsmanship, such as the renowned pastry, confectionery, and the precious café, was born.
The thriving trade started by Giacomo Schucani continued to improve. Archives indicate that he is in fact the owner of various activities: a grocery store in Via del Corso (the current Corso Vannucci), two other shops in Piazza del Sopramuro (now Piazza Matteotti) and a four-story house in Via del Dado, where the current pastry shop is. The Schucani stores sold goods of various types; they were real emporiums where one could find fine candles, spices and sweets, and exclusive products of the highest quality.
At the end of the nineteenth century, some students of the school of Annibale Brugnoli were appointed by the family to create the paintings that still lend an atmosphere so rich in local history.
After the untimely death of Giacomo Schucani and his son Guglielmo, the other two sons, Claudio and Pietro, took over their father’s business affairs, until Peter also died two years later.
At the beginning of the century little Guglielmo, son of Claudio, was born. He was named in homage of the beloved brother, and was followed by his sisters Caterina, Laura and Anna. Claudio, who was the sole heir of his father, took over the reins of the family business by extending its range with the introduction of a small liquor distillery and the consolidation of the wool trade, groceries, coffee and sugar.
Death returned to visit Schucani home with the untimely death of Claudio. At the time the children were still children and not able to look after the complex business of their father. Guardians were appointed but, not being up to the task, caused huge losses to the family fortune, jeopardizing everything that had been built up to that time.
Concerned about the fate of relatives and waiting for Guglielmo to become an adult, Nicola Zonder, a relative of the family and an experienced Engadine businessman, came from Tuscany and became owner of the Schucani company, thus saving both the shop in Via del Corso and the family home. From this moment the story of the name “Sandri” begins, which is the Italianized form of the surname Zonder.
Guglielmo is now a man, and, thanks to his uncle Nicola, also a skilled businessman and an expert pastry chef. It is during these years of co-owning with his uncle that “Sandri” finally passes from a grocery shop to a liquor distillery and bakery, assuming great importance on the local scene. Meanwhile, Guglielmo falls in love and marries Annamaria Crispolti, mother of their four children: Carla, Nicoletta, Claudia and Claudio.
Immediately after the end of the war Guglielmo and Annamaria return to Perugia, resuming their activities with vigor and deciding to keep the name “Sandri” as a sign of gratitude to his uncle Nicola. In later years, after the conclusion of their studies, even the children returned to Perugia and Carla, in particular, began to assist her father in business. It is in this period that the idea of the home receptions, exclusive banquets with the Sandri name, are made available to all areas in the territory.
The aristocratic families of Perugia found themselves for a time without their internal staff, so the Schucani family solved the problem and was able to earn their trust, becoming a point of reference for their important occasions.
Guglielmo Schucani dies at age fifty-nine and the ladies start to manage the company in complete autonomy. Comes the “Tavola Pronta” and then the “Small Sandri”, where you can taste wines and small snacks, a very innovative concept for its time. Carla, with her great skill and talent, directs the pastry shop giving life, together with her sister Nicoletta, to the showcase art that will make Sandri even more famous.
After the death of her mother Annamaria, Carla is now the fourth generation of Schucani to own Sandri, a direct witness to the story of work and commitment, the star of the real Perugia, known throughout Europe thanks to the achievements and important personalities who were able to taste her creations.
After the closure of the premises in July 2013, Sandri reopens its doors to the public. The previous experienced pastry staff return, that continue their work in accordance with the ancient traditions. This is thanks to the support of two young Perugian entrepreneurs, allowing everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy Sandri’s unique creations in a perfect blend of excellence, innovation and creativity.