Chicco owner and Fitzroy North local Dean Boccia was charmed by shops selling “I Love Seddon” badges, when he initially took over the space on Charles Street. He gave the cafe a design overhaul, highlighting the lofty ceilings and front windows, and adding quaint touches such as hessian coffee sack cushion covers, souvenir teaspoons and bespoke macramé/punch bowl light fittings.
The cheery café offers breakfast options including wasabi salmon on rye, dukkah eggs with minted eggplant puree, and a pancetta, provolone and tomato jaffle. The little ones can choose from Coco Pops, Vegemite soldiers, scrambled eggs or an old-school cheesy jaffle.
Most dishes are centred around excellent Dench sourdough, but there are some tempting gluten-free lunch options like grilled polenta with mushrooms, pecorino and rocket, or pork and fennel sausages with stewed cavalo nero.
Padre coffee (roasted in Brunswick) is on offer, and they’re even selling beans for you to take home. More good beverage news: this place is licensed. Choose from a short but notable selection of beer (Moretti, Kirin, James Squire) and cider (Rekorderlig), or a rotating list of wines by the glass.
Chicco should definitely be at to the top of your to-do list, whether you’re visiting the west or you live locally.