Located on St Kilda’s iconic Fitzroy Street strip, The Banff’s history dates back to 1947 when, during World War II, the site was used as an American army barracks and The Banff was the galley.
These days, the cafe has a warm, ski lodge feel, with an open fireplace for winter and an outdoor seating area for summer.
Owner Vincent Sciglitano, who also owns Jimmi Jamz in Elwood, has a simple philosophy towards his eateries: provide more for less. The Banff is well known by locals for its delicious pizzas and daily happy hour prices.
Every Monday and Tuesday, the pizzas are just $5.50 all day until midnight and Wednesday to Friday the pizzas remain at $5.50 from noon to 5.30pm. At full price they’re all still less than $10. A particular favourite of ours is the pumpkin and goats cheese with rocket and onions salad, followed by the tomato, bocconcini and parma ham with balsamic.
The Banff’s pasta dishes are also under $10 and include a number of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
The best part about this cafe is that at a time when most of us are more conscious than ever about our spending habits, The Banff is quicker, cheaper and tastier than cooking yourself. Big win.