Why Italian food?
Italian food is not just a cuisine or the procedure of enjoying elegant and delicate cooking, but the culture that it represents. Italian culture shocked me, attracted me and captured my attention, and so I chose it when I came to open my restaurant. And why did you name it Annie’s? When I started my business in 1996, I already had a cafe in the Sanlitun area. At that time, there was a German writer who often came to visit, drinking coffee, chatting with friends and sometimes finishing his writing there. After he visited a few times, we became friends. One day, he asked me unexpectedly “why don’t you give your store a foreign name that is easy for foreigners to remember?” I said: “is that important?” He responded: “Absolutely. Just call it Annie’s. This name fits you and your restaurant.” I thought this was a good idea, so I took his advice. I love this name. Annie’s represents the softness and beauty of women. Moreover, it makes people feel a certain kindness. Finally, it is easy to r