'I have upset the women but that's not my problem,' says Laura Maggi
Attracted so many customers that the mayor is now considering an emergency bylaw to cope with the huge amount of traffic
By Nick Pisa
Last updated at 12:26 PM on 25th February 2012
After eight years running a bar, Laura Maggi suddenly found men beating a path to her door.
Not for the quality of her coffee and aperitifs, but because she had started appearing for work in highly revealing outfits.
Hundreds of male customers flocked there day and night, leaving their cars double parked in the surrounding streets.
Congestion became such a problem that the lady mayor announced she was considering an emergency bylaw to limit traffic in the area.
Causing controversy: Laura Maggi, 34, who runs a bar called Le Cafe, has dominated newspapers and TV chat shows, after pictures of her dressed in barely anything appeared on the internet
Pulling more than a pint: The women folk of Bagnolo Mella, near Brescia, which is where Manchester City ace Mario Balotelli is from, are up in arms and said that they had banned their partners from going to Le Cafe
Main attraction: On the walls of Le Cafe there are pictures of Laura, dressed in a bikini on holiday - while in other snaps she is wrapped in an American Stars and Stripes flag. Yet more pictures of her, semi-naked, have been turned into a calendar
The women in town are not very happy and we have complained to the council.’
Enjoyment: 'I don't see what the problem is - it's just a bit of harmless fun. I like to dress in an attractive way and I like to have fun,' Laura said on an Italian TV show
Selling point: 'If the guys come here, what can I do? I know I have upset the women but that's not my problem,' said the bar owner
‘There has been a huge influx of traffic into the town since the news of Laura started to spread and this has led to incidents of bad parking and some minor acts of vandalism.
‘We can’t stop people from going to her bar and I know it is very popular with men in the town – personally I don’t see any problem with how she looks or dresses.
'If anything, it’s the men who go there who have a problem.’
She added, however: ‘My husband is certainly not allowed to go there.’
Crowd pleaser: 'People have been turning up from 70 miles away just to have a drink here,' says the proud bar lady
No blame: 'It's not my fault if guys want to come and have a drink in my bar,' says the owner
Quiet town of Bagnolo Mella: An online poll in the local Brescia newspaper asked readers what their opinion was and the majority, 46%, said that women should be 'asking themselves why their partners prefer Laura to them'