380 Lygon St, Carlton
(03) 9347 2801 or brunetticaffe.com
In a twist of fate, Brunetti is moving back to the exact location where it originally opened in 1974. Designed by owners Fabio and Yuri Angelé’s architect brother, Joe, the café’s circular design and high ceilings add a sense of theatre and grandeur found in many of Rome’s most prominent cafés. Terrazzo and marble mosaics feature throughout the interior, which is complemented by Italian-designed display cases, contemporary pendant lighting and soft furnishings, murals of black and white images taken in Rome in the 1940s and Brunetti’s signature bisazza tiling.
At the heart of the new space is Brunetti’s 20-metre central coffee bar, where a team of baristas make thousands of coffees a day. Like in Italy, customers can stand at the bar and enjoy their coffee. There is a dedicated Pasticceria, Pizzeria, Panetteria and Gelateria, as well as Brunetti’s most significant addition – an informal à la carte restaurant.
Sicilian chef Giuseppe Santoro, who recently arrived from Italy, heads up the kitchen. Throughout the café, glass kitchens provide an interactive experience for customers enabling them to see the hand made production of products for themselves.
Excited by the new offering, Yuri says, “The move back to Lygon Street came out of need to expand and evolve the Brunetti brand and meet the demands of our customers, who have been crying our for more space,” says Yuri.
“When the premises came up in Lygon Court, on the exact site that the original Brunetti opened in 1974, it presented us with an opportunity to continue to expand our offering across the board and create a Pizzeria and à la carte restaurant – two new concepts that we have been wanting to introduce for years.”
“When Dad bought the business in Faraday Street in 1991, he built it around our dedicated customers and staff, who have helped to make the business the success it is today. Twenty two years later that philosophy hasn’t changed and we want to stay true to our origins, and continue to present one of the best and most authentic Italian café experiences in Australia,” he continues.