The Little Italian is reigniting the flame between me and my true love – coffee.
It’s not often I cheat on my coffee man – after all, he’s the one who’s always there for me, especially when I need a pick-me-up after my dreaded morning commute. So if I was going to cheat, it had to be worth it. And was it ever.
The Little Italian is a rustic coffee shop – and more. Hidden in the corner of a gallery on Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, it’s easy to overlook, but keep your eyes peeled for the chalkboard sign outside because this cafe will give you a truly authentic coffee and food experience.
The owner, head barista, coffee roaster and chef, Benito Brancato, typifies the character of his first business. His fare is not only bona fide Italian, but delicious too. So if the idea of a soul-awakening brew isn’t enough to tempt you, then the continental delicacies surely will.
Benito hand makes a different addition for each day of the week. His personal creations include calzone, ricotta gnocchi and lasagna, all of which sell for less than $10. It’s little wonder that his display cabinet is usually stripped bare by 1:30pm on most days.
The Little Italian’s cozy interior only seats a few, making it a stop-and-go venue. The tiny interior is definitely not the place for a morning meeting featuring paperwork and laptops.
But that’s the charm of Benito’s enterprise: good things come in small packages.
Address: 3/54 Foveaux St, Surry Hills.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7-4pm
– Bree Hetherington
Top photo from The Little Italian Facebook page.
Other photos taken By Bree Hetherington.