In an area of town under-serviced by cafés, two of the most popular entries sit opposite one another, each with a staunchly loyal following.
The service here has particular warmth, and the serves are definitely bigger; so you might want to bring a friend if you decide to take on the brimming Mattino Antipasto Plate ($20).
Ever-changing daily specials help win lunchtime regulars - Pan Fried Mahi Mahi with Aioli, Salad and Hand-Cut Chips ($23) provides a large and filling plate of Friday lunch indulgence.
A more achievable Salad of Serrano Ham, Figs, Bocconcini and Balsamic ($22) shows off Chef Sebastian Tyson’s eye for good produce.
Clever half-and-half options like Half Soup and Sandwich ($10) allow for indecisiveness and are kind on the pocket; with selections like a Reuben Sandwich with hearty Char-Grilled Tomato Soup.
You’ll even find some modern British comfort food like a Chip Butty with Fried Egg ($12) on thick toast and a breakfast of Welsh Rarebit with Asparagus ($14). The coffee’s handled better on this side of Meagher Street too, but Vittoria is far from my favourite roast, so I take mine in a subtler Coffee Frappe ($5), or abandon it completely with a creamy Vanilla Milkshake ($6).
96 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Ph: (02) 9699 1442