Lebanese-born brothers Nabil and Johnnie Chehade took over Tre Bicchieri in 2011. It was once the passion of an Italian migrant who opened to provide an espresso, a pastry and perhaps a bottle of wine to take home.
Working in kitchens at Italian restaurants was once a way for Nabil to fund his mechanical engineering degree. By the time the business was for sale, working with food – especially Italian – was already his passion.
They left it relatively untouched as a way to keep their friend’s dream alive. The floor-length shelving full of rotating bottles of wine and bags of Gridlock coffee (both for sale) still stand. The black-and-white mural of the original owner and his family also remains.
The brothers have brought their own touches while staying true to the foundation. The small kitchen they added delivers Italian paninis with various fillings, alongside copious brunch dishes sprinkled with Lebanese za’atar.
Bread is from Sainsbury’s Artisan Bakery, and gluten-free cakes are from Biscotteria. A compact, five-strong wine list from Argentina to New Zealand rotates weekly.