With the vision of recreating the great cafes that line the streets of Milano, Bologna, Firenze and Roma, a little Italian restaurant opened its doors on Chapel Street in 1988.
The small space is both bustling and intimate, the common greeting is ciao bella, the walls are lined with classic Italian prints and, really, Caffe e Cucina couldn’t feel any more like the real thing.
The rooms are dimly lit and the heart-warming smell of authentic, classic Italian cuisine wafts from the kitchen. So with a little imagination, one can be easily transported to the streets of Milano.
You will find all your favourites on the menu: bisteca, linguine di mare and risotto to name but a few. A traditional tiramisu or honey and vanilla pannacotta will have you rolling down Chapel Street. And the bar is full and the wine list long – just how the Italians like it.
If you happen to be there on a Sunday, you can enjoy the special ‘Il pranzo della nonna,’ an Italian grandmother’s style lunch, abundant with hand rolled pastas and nostalgic delights.
In the warmer months, they favour alfresco dining, with a glass of wine in one hand and some prosciutto di parma in the other.